As I scanned the list of Order of B.C. winners, I was struck by the lack of premiers.
There are lots of business people, a fair number of university presidents, plus writers, artists, doctors, and musicians.
A few former politicians have also been selected, including three former Vancouver councillors (May Brown, Marguerite Ford, and Walter Hardwick), former provincial legislators Garde Gardom, Pat McGeer, Grace McCarthy, and Frank Calder, and former federal MPs Doug Jung and Margaret Mitchell.
But until now, only one former premier received the Order of B.C.: Socred Bill Bennett, who reigned from 1975 to 1986.
The B.C. Liberal cabinet has decided that a second premier, Gordon Campbell, also deserves this honour, which has created controversy online.
Meanwhile, five former NDP premiers—Dave Barrett, Mike Harcourt, Glen Clark, Glen Miller, and Ujjal Dosanjh—have not received the Order of B.C. Nor have former Socred premiers Bill Vander Zalm and Rita Johnston.
Both Bennett and Campbell were both dragged through the courts on different occasions. Maybe if Mike Harcourt or Dave Barrett engaged in questionable stock trading or drank a few beers before getting behind the wheel, they might improve their odds of winning this coveted honour.
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