Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

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Remembering Bill Bennett

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, historian David Mitchell describes former B.C. premier Bill Bennett as one of the most important premiers in the province’s history. Sadly, Bill passed away December 3 last year.

Elected to the B.C. legislature in 1973, he then served as premier for 10 years. He was a member of Canada’s Privy Council and received the Order of British Columbia.

Bill was born and raised in Kelowna, where he was a community builder and entrepreneur. His business interests eventually included real estate, the family hardware store, an appliance store, a ranch, and a sawmill.

Bill brought Expo 86,  the Sky Train, the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, and the Coquihalla Highway to B.C., and set Vancouver on course to be the world-class city it is today.

He was a family man. He was married to Audrey for 60 years. He was the father of Brad, Kevin, Stephen and Greg, a grandfather of eight, and a proud great-grandfather as well.

Bill will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by many.