Some of B.C.’s biggest names, from a former Prime Minister to a billionaire CEO are in Kelowna today to pay their respects to former premier Bill Bennett.
Bennett, who led the province from 1975 to 1986, oversaw some of its biggest legacies, among them Expo 86, the Coquihalla highway, and the SkyTrain.
Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell told guests she recalled resigning her seat in the BC Legislature to run for federal politics, because she wanted Canada to sign the Free Trade Agreement.
“But I would not have taken that step were it not for Bill Bennett. Were it not for Bill Bennett, I would not have had a deep sense of the importance of this agreement, and I would not made the step to resign my seat to do it.”
Business magnate Jim Pattison also spoke, touching on Bennett’s passion and drive when it came to public policy.
“He was a strong leader in a strong province. He didn’t bend for political convenience. He never sought the limelight, he walked the talk and he worked hard. He cared about the public’s money and he never looked for credit for himself.”
Bennett died December 3rd at the age of 83