Bill Bennett: A Mandarin's View

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D & M Publishers, Dec 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Bill Bennett is an eyewitness account of B.C. premier W.R. (Bill) Bennett's eleven years in power, from 1975 to 1986. Never seen as a populist or a great communicator, Bennett nevertheless won three elections in a row, a feat surpassed only by his father, W.A.C. Bennett, who won six. The younger Bennett also twice captured the highest percentage of the popular vote of any premier since the Second World War. Among his very significant and undervalued achievements, Bennett dramatically changed the way British Columbia is governed and the way in which it came to be perceived on the world stage; chaired Canada's provincial premiers during the repatriation of the constitution; built the Coquihalla highway; created the Whistler ski resort; and brought the Port of Prince Rupert, Sky Train and BC Place Stadium to the province.
 

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Contents

A WISE FATHER DOES NOT SEE EVERYTHING
7
A GOOD TIME OR A LONG TIME
23
BORN AGAIN
39
THOSE GUYS ARE TOAST
52
STEERING NOT ROWING
71
WORK TO LEARN
87
FACEOFF 79
103
THE BESTLAID PLANS
118
TOUGH GUY?
170
RESTRAINT
201
IN ENDS WITH EXPO
237
A FINAL WORD
269
Acknowledgements
283
Sources
285
Bibliography
290
Index
294

BRINGING IT HOME
139

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About the author (2009)

Bob Plecas spent more than twenty years in the B.C. provincial government as a career civil servant. He served under six premiers, in both Social Credit and ndp administrations, as deputy minister for some twenty-five ministers in ten portfolios. He is the author of over twenty major pieces of provincial legislation. He lives Victoria, British Columbia.

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