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He set the tone for a government that changed the face of the province. During the next three years, he and his team passed more legislation in a shorter time...
He set the tone for a government that changed the face of the province. During the next three years, he and his team passed more legislation in a shorter time than any government before or since. A university or college student graduating today in BC may have been born years after Barrett's defeat, but could attend a Barrett daycare, live on a farm in Barrett's Agricultural Land Reserve, be rushed to hospital in a provincial ambulance created by Barrett's government and attend college in a community institution founded by his government. The continuing polarization of BC politics also dates back to Barrett--the Fraser Institute and the right-wing economic policies it preaches are as much a legacy of the Barrett years as the ALR.
Dave Barrett remains a unique and important figure in BC's history, a symbol of how much can be achieved in government and a reminder of how quickly those achievements can be forgotten. This lively and well-researched book is the first in-depth study of this most memorable of BC premiers.
1 The Twenty Years' War 15
2 Inside The Gates 40
3 Awesome, Sweeping Powers 68
4 Little Chief, MiniWAC and the Northern Kingfish 98
5 The Chicken and Egg War 123
6 The Engineer Who Made the Grade 151
7 The Godfather and the Tank Driver 177
8 Health, Housing and Human Rights 202
9 Life of the Party 226
10 How They Forgot the Future 249
11 Back to Work 277
12 And Good Luck to Us All 303
A Note on Sources 341