Fonds PR-1093 - David Barrett fonds

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David Barrett fonds

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  • 1971-1983 (Creation)
    Barrett, David, 1930-2018

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18.4 m of textual records

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David Barrett was a social worker who joined the Commonwealth Cooperative Federation in 1960, after being dismissed by the Attorney General's office (under whom he was working as a probation officer) for his union and political activities. In 1960, he was elected MLA for Dewdney. In 1970, he succeeded Thomas Berger as leader of the New Democratic Party and Leader of the Opposition in B.C. In 1972, Barrett led the NDP to victory in the provincial election and became Premier. The NDP was defeated in 1975. In 1983, he resigned as leader of the NDP and retired from the legislature in 1984. The following year, he began a new career as a radio talk-show host in Vancouver.

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The fonds consists of political correspondence, reports, caucus minutes, constituency papers and other documents accumulated by David Barrett. However, almost no material pertains to Barrett's tenure as Premier of British Columbia.

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Archives code(s): MS-2120; MS-2179; MS-1928.

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Accession number(s): M856065; M856073

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