Celebration planned for 40th anniversary of election of Dave Barrett government
One of the most transformative elections in B.C. history took place in 1972, when Dave Barrett became the province's first NDP premier.
Now, some holdovers from his government will hold a 40th anniversary celebration at 1 p.m. on the B.C. Day holiday (August 6) at Barrett's View Lookout on the road to Cypress Provincial Park.
The park and the holiday were both created by the Barrett government, which was elected on August 30, 1972.
The NDP's share of the popular vote rose by 5.67 percent between the 1969 and 1972 elections, but that was enough for an extra 26 seats in the legislature.
The NDP's 39.6 percent share of the popular vote in 1972 was actually lower than its percentages in the 2005 and 2009 elections under the leadership of Carole James.
The West Vancouver–Capilano NDP constitutency executive has invited several speakers, including the most influential cabinet minister of that era, former Vancouver East MLA Bob Williams, and former MLA Harold Steves. Steves voted against his government's decision to legislate ferry employees back to work.
The Barrett government created ICBC, the Agricultural Land Reserve, and a consumer-affairs ministry, and banned corporal punishment in schools.
The event is free and open to anyone interested in attending.