Item AAAB3665 - George Daniel Ekman interview

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George Daniel Ekman interview

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  • 1977-1978 [date recorded] (Creation)

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CALL NUMBER: T3341:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early life and career of Dan Ekman PERIOD COVERED: 1926-1957 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-12-15 SUMMARY: Dan Ekman discusses: his early years and family background, training and career as a newspaperman in Vancouver, working as a P.R. man for Westcoast Transmission Co., attitudes towards politics.
CALL NUMBER: T3341:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Duties and functions of executive assistant to Premier W.A.C. Bennett PERIOD COVERED: 1957-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-12-15 SUMMARY: Dan Ekman discusses the circumstances leading up to his appointment as executive assistant to Premier W.A.C. Bennett and the duties and functions of that position.
CALL NUMBER: T3341:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Working as Executive Assistant to the Premier RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dan Ekman discusses aspects of his job as executive assistant to Premier W.A.C. Bennett. Comments on Bennett's personality and style. Reliance on individuals within the government and delegation of authority. Attitudes towards women. TRACK 2: Bennett's public image and how it evolved. Bill Clancy. The bond-burning ceremony. Take-over of the B.C. Electric Co. Bennett's fascination with secrecy. Relationships with cabinet colleagues.
CALL NUMBER: T3341:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Social Credit politics and election campaigns in B.C. RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dan Ekman discusses the Sommers case, the calling of elections, the 1960 election, a recollection of the events on election night, leaving the position of executive assistant in 1961, relationship with Premier after leaving. TRACK 2: Assumption of position with Westcoast Transmission, Frank McMahon and the 1960 election, starting up his own advertising agency, the Socred government's use; of advertising during election campaigns, the 1963 Fulton challenge, running election campaigns for W.A.C. Bennett.
CALL NUMBER: T3341:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The decline of Social Credit : the 1972 election RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dan Ekman discusses the public image of W.A.C. Bennett, the paranoid style in B.C. politics, the Malaspina gas line story. TRACK 2: Further comments on the plan for the Malaspina gas line, Clarence Budd, the 1972 election, the question of succession to the leadership of the Social Credit Party. (End of interview).

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Provincial Archives of British Columbia. [staff members], [1974-1987]


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A digital copy is available.

  • Transcript on file.
  • Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-193.

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Copyright Status: Copyright British Columbia Archives.

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Accession number(s): T3341

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speaker: George Daniel Ekman, interviewer: David Joseph Mitchell

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