Bill Bennett

William Richards " Bill" Bennett PC, OBC ( born August 18, 1932 in Kelowna, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician and businessman. He was on 22 October 1975 to November 6, 1986 Prime Minister of the Province of British Columbia and Chair of the British Columbia Social Credit Party. He is the son of WAC Bennett, who practiced from 1952 to 1972, the same offices, and a distant relative of Richard Bedford Bennett, the Prime Minister of Canada's 1930 until 1935.


After finishing school, Bennett worked for several years with his brother Russell as a real estate speculator. 1972, his father suffered a defeat and resign after twenty years in office as Prime Minister. On September 7, 1973, Bennett turned in Okanagan South, the former constituency of his father, the election and was elected a deputy in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Shortly thereafter, the Congress of the British Columbia Social Credit Party elected him as the new chairman.

In the elections on 11 December 1975, the Socreds increased their share of the vote to increase by over one third and won the majority of seats. Bennett then took over on December 22, the Office of the Prime Minister. Despite a stagnant economy, he was able to be confirmed in May 1979 and in May 1983 as head of government. Then his government tried to bring the economy back on track by invested heavily in infrastructure.

This expenditure should be financed with a massive reduction of state personnel. The government planned far-reaching restrictions on benefits, education in minority rights and rights of trade unions. There followed a week-long strike wave that almost led to a general strike. After negotiations with union leaders, the government was forced to retire in November 1983, many of their planned changes.

In May 1986, shortly after the opening of World Expo 86 in Vancouver, Bennett announced his retirement. He surrendered on August 6, 1986, the office as Prime Minister and party leader Bill Vander Zalm to. Bill Bennett, his brother Russell and a business partner were two years later accused of having made ​​insider trading, but acquitted in May 1989 because their guilt could not be proven beyond doubt.

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