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Albert Beckman interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Albert Beckman, a veteran of CP Rail, joined the PGE in 1951. He worked as a conductor on the line through to his retirement in 1977, at which time he moved to Lillooet.;

Alexander Elesko interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Alexander Elesko joined the PGE in 1926, at the age of 14. He has worked in the kitchens, on the tracks, and on the trains. He retired from the position of locomotive engineer in 1972 and settled in L;illooet.;

Anthony L. Kos interview

RECORDED: Prince George (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Tony Kos: In 1949, Tony joined the railway's construction survey crew on the extension north of Quesnel. He left the railway, then returned soon after for the push north to the Peace River district. T;ony now owns and operates a contracting business in Prince George.;

Arnold William Malm interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Arnold Malm: A third generation PGE-er, Arnold took control of his first engine in 1959 at the age of 19. When he retired, in 1986, he was road foreman of engines, based in Lillooet.;

Austen Francis Howard-Gibbon interview

RECORDED: Prince George (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Austen Howard-Gibbon grew up at the Williams Lake station where his father, Charles, was station agent from 1929 to 1945. Austen, a lawyer, currently (as of 1986) lives in Prince George.;

BC Radio News : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., January 1980]

CALL NUMBER: T3860:0288 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett ; Peter Hyndman ; Jim Nielsen RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-06 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett -- Rafe Mair resigns; Peter Hyndman and Jim Nielsen.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0289 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett ; Phillips RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett -- Stikine. TRACK 2: Don Phillips -- coal deal.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0290 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): George Mussallem RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-08 SUMMARY: George Mussallem -- [comments re:?] "dirty old man" [sic].; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0291 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett ; Cocke ; Levi RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett on BCTU and Judge Eckhardt's report. TRACK 2: Dennis Cocke and Norm Levi.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0292 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Evan Wolfe RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-15 SUMMARY: Evan Wolfe on electoral boundaries.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0293 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Heinrich to BCR RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-17 SUMMARY: Jack Heinrich to BCR {British Columbia Railway].; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0294 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett ; Phillips ; Rafe Mair RECORDED: [location unknown], 1980-01-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett and Don Phillips on the coal deal. TRACK 2: Rafe Mair -- Saanich Peninsula Hospital.;

BC Radio News : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., July 1979]

CALL NUMBER: T3860:0224 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview, ombudsman news conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-04 SUMMARY: Interview; Ombudsman news conference.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0225 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Jack Davis RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-05 SUMMARY: Jack Davis on BC exporting more electricity to the U.S.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0226 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): BC Federation of Agriculture president Pat Hibbert RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-06 SUMMARY: BC Federation of Agriculture president Pat Hibbert says that the cost of food and beef will jump by 20 to 100 percent.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0227 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Phillips RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-11 SUMMARY: Don Phillips on British Columbia Railway spur line agreement.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0228 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pat McGeer RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-12 SUMMARY: Pat McGeer on coal to gas conversion.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0229 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Hewitt RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-13 SUMMARY: Jim Hewitt on natural gas price increase.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0230 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): ICBC discrimination act RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-18 SUMMARY: ICBC discrimination act.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0231 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bob McClelland RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-18 SUMMARY: Pat McGeer on BC lagging in professional training. [Refers to Victoria Times, 1979-07-17.]; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0232 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-26 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett on salary increase.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0233 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett booted out of legislature ; Grace McCarthy responds RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-30 SUMMARY: Dave Barrett "booted out" of the Legislature; Grace McCarthy responds.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0234 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-07-31 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett on the first sitting of the 32nd Parliament.;

BC Radio News : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., March 1979]

CALL NUMBER: T3860:0137 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-22 SUMMARY: Premier Bennett discusses the throne speech.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0138 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-22 SUMMARY: Premier Bennett responds to charges of lying from the BC Federation of Labour.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0139 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Throne speech ; Throne speech reaction RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Throne speech. TRACK 2: Reaction to throne speech: Vic Stephens; Matsqui Mayor Dejong; Abbotsford Mayor Ferguson; BC Federation of Labour.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0140 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-26 SUMMARY: Dave Barrett on the U.S. government and the BC Railway.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0141 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Garde Gardom RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-27 SUMMARY: Garde Gardom on CBC Connections [series?] and hockey violence.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0142 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Senator K. Lysen RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-27 SUMMARY: Interview with Washington State Senator King Lysen; Alaska rail line.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0143 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Garde Gardom RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Garde Gardom on crime commission. TRACK 2: [Gardom?] on fishermen petition and R & N.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0144 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Garde Gardom RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-29 SUMMARY: Gardom on organized crime.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0145 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-30 SUMMARY: Bennett on Loffmark and the British Columbia Railway.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0146 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Ralph Loffmark RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-03-30 SUMMARY: Ralph Loffmark supporting Barrett's trip to Alaska.;

BC Radio News : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., October-November 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T3860:0063 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Sam Bawlf ; Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-10-12 SUMMARY: Bawlf and Bennett on new ferries; Bawlf on wolf control.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0064 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Rafe Mair RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-10-18 SUMMARY: Rafe Mair on alcohol moderation programme.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0065 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-10-20 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett speaks to the 1978 Social Credit convention.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0066 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-03 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett on Terrace emergency.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0067 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Grace McCarthy ; [Alex?] Fraser RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-06 SUMMARY: McCarthy and Fraser on Terrace floods.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0068 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Grace McCarthy (Capital Comment) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-11 SUMMARY: Audio recording of a television broadcast. Grace McCarthy calls Dianne Hartwick a "nice little girl' on the CHEK-TV program "Capital Comment".; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0069 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Hugh Curtis RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-17 SUMMARY: Hugh Curtis on federal budget, bus lines sales, regional district review.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0070 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-20 SUMMARY: Dave Barrett on the Royal Commission report on the British Columbia Railway.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0071 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-23 SUMMARY: Premier Bill Bennett on the Royal Commission report on the British Columbia Railway.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0072 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Premier Bennett RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-02 SUMMARY: Premier Bennett on his return from a constitutional conference.; CALL NUMBER: T3860:0073 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Vic Stephens RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-11-28 SUMMARY: Vic Stephens says that the British Columbia Railway should be sold.;

B.C. Rail Ltd. films and videotapes

  • GR-3356
  • Series
  • 1945, 1965, 1974-1987; predominantly 1974-1987

The fonds comprises 27 film or videotape titles produced by or for BC Rail Ltd. and its predecessors, the British Columbia Railway Company and the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE). The larger part of the material is 16 mm film, including original footage, printing elements, sound tracks and workprints and/or release prints for 19 productions. There are also 10 video titles, some of which duplicate the films. Other than two films made for the PGE in 1945-47 and 1964, most of the productons date from 1974-1987 and document the activities of BC Rail and the British Columbia Railway.. There are a number of training films produced for internal use, as well as films meant to promote the company. Many of the films were produced in the 1970s by Art Grinke, who was BC Rail's Supervisor of Audio-Visual Instruction.

BC Rail Ltd.

B.C. Rail oral history collection

  • PR-2001
  • Collection
  • 1986-1987

The collection consists of oral history interviews with former and current employees of B.C. Rail as well as residents living along the B.C. Rail lines.

BC Rail Ltd.

Ben Valde interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-09-14 SUMMARY: Ben Valde, the retired head of engineering for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway and BC Railway, discusses his civil engineering training; his early experiences on the CNR (Prince George to Prince Rupert); and the development of engineering on the PGE.

Bill Bennett : [Gary Bannerman interview, CKNW, August 18, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0139 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On the Gary Bannerman program (part 1) SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a radio interview on Gary Bannerman's hot line program on CKNW, 18 August 1978, Premier Bill Bennett discusses the Canadian economy, constitutional change in Canada, federal/provincial relations, attitudes to the monarchy in Canada, public service employee cut backs, labour relations in BC, the Dease Lake extension of the BC Railway, social service allowances. TRACK 2: Bennett discusses unemployment in BC, road construction, the first BC Summer Games, strikes at BC breweries, the creation of a BC ombudsman, proposals for a new sports stadium at Vancouver, urban transportation in BC.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0140 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On the Gary Bannerman program (part 2) SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Continuation of a radio interview with Premier Bill Bennett on Gary Bannerman's hot line program on CKNW, 18 August 1978. Subjects discussed include: small business in BC, immigration policy and BC, cable TV in BC, cabinet changes, and the timing of the next election. [TRACK 2: blank]

Bill Bennett : [Jack Webster interview, June 29, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0132 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On Jack Webster radio program (part 1) SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett is interviewed in the last interview on Jack Webster's open line radio program on CJOR Vancouver, 29 June 1978. Subjects discussed include: the government's compulsory heroin treatment program, the new Forestry Act, plans to extend the BC Railway, government air travel services, federal/provincial relations, and lotteries. TRACK 2: Subjects include: electoral distribution in BC, education, increased pensions for the handicapped, constitutional change in Canada, health care in BC, the search for a new head of ICBC, social services, succession duties, property taxes, and senior citizens.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0133 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On Jack Webster radio program (part 2) SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Continuation of the interview with Premier Bill Bennett by Jack Webster, CJOR Vancouver, 29 June 1978. Subjects discussed include: government pharmacare program, MLAs salaries, BCRIC (BC Resources and Investment Corporation), BC Ferries, social services for the mentally retarded and handicapped, labour/management relations, sale and lease of crown lands, urban transportation, and construction of a Vancouver convention centre. TRACK 2: Public service pension plans, government subsidies to private industry, federal/provincial relations, government boards and commissions, grants to senior citizens, fishing rights negotiations, alcohol and driving on BC highways, control of the size of the civil service, decriminalization of marijuana, and constitutional change in Canada.

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., April-June 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0127 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On Canadian national unity RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: In an interview with Henry Gininger of the New York Times, Premier Bill Bennett discusses various aspects of BC's place within Canadian confederation, Quebec and the prospects of separation, and problems of national unity in Canada.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0128 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: On BC's place in Canadian confederation RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Mary Ann McNellis, Premier Bill Bennett discusses various aspects of BC's position within Canadian confederation, his proposed five-regions concept, and the place of Quebec within confederation. 27 April 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0129 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interviewed on CKNW RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Barrie Clark of CKNW Vancouver, Premier Bill Bennett discusses his personal background and several issues related to his tenure as head of the Social Credit government. Topics mentioned are: the Fort Nelson extension of the BCR, Social Credit party politics, the Jack Davis affair, the political climate in Victoria, and the controversy over establishing a fund in aid of Vietnamese children. Also: Roy Jacques of CKNW Vancouver airs portions of interviews with Premier Bill Bennett and Opposition Leader Dave Barrett on the issue of free trade and tariffs and their effect on BC. TRACK 2: Continuation of Roy Jacques' program on Bennett and Barrett. Bennett discusses his government's dealings with the federal government in Ottawa; Dave Barrett offers criticisms of the Bennett administration. Aired 26 May 1978.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0130 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conferences on transportation RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1978-05-31 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference in Victoria, 31 May 1978, Premier Bill Bennett discusses his recent meetings in Alaska regarding rail links between BC, the Yukon, and Alaska. He also discusses various aspects of transportation in BC. TRACK 2: At a joint press conference with federal Transport Minister Otto Lang in Victoria, 31 May 1978, Premier Bill Bennett comments on proposed fishing boundaries off BC's coast.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0131 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Controversy over BC fishing negotiations RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a statement to the news media on 1 June 1978, Premier Bill Bennett comments on information leaks concerning BC's position on international fishing negotiations. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., December 1977 - January 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0080 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: In a news conference and an interview RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-12-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett makes observations upon his constituency work, the Prime Minister's Christmas message, electoral reform, the upcoming Oak Bay by-election of 1978, and the opinions held about BC overseas. He also discusses dominion/provincial relations and the E & N Railway. 20 December 1977. TRACK 2: In an interview with Jim Hume, Bennett discusses the upcoming Oak Bay by-election of 1978, dominion/provincial relations, and BC proposals made at a premiers' conference on economic planning. He also comments upon the retirement of the Lieutenant Governor, Walter Owen. 20 December 1977.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0081 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Press conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett sets the date for the 1978 Oak Bay by-election, as well as dates for the prorogation and the reconvening of the House. He comments on Prime Minister Trudeau's threatened use of force to keep Qu├ębec in confederation; he also discusses the BC Tel strike and the Royal Commission Special Report, and the Fort Nelson extension of the BCR. Among other issues mentioned are a federal dry dock in Vancouver, the BCRIC, and the E & N Railway appeal. 5 January 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., November 1977 - April 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0083 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interviewed by Ed Ogle of Time Magazine RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Ed Ogle of Time Magazine, Premier Bill Bennett discusses confederation, the western provinces' position on federalism and certain economic issues, and Rene Levesque and separatism. Bennett proposes limiting government growth, comments on the self-centered attitudes of politicians, French language rights, and Canadian multiculturalism. TRACK 2: Bennett claims Canadian federalism holds more flexibility than the American system, and claims his government will do everything possible to maintain national unity. He also speculates about the possible consequences of the break-up of confederation. 11 January 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0084 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Announces electoral reform commission and E&N Railway decision RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-12 & 19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett announces the appointment of Judge Lawrence Smith Eckardt as a commissioner under the Public Enquiries Act to make an enquiry into electoral reform. Bennett also answers questions on international fishing boundaries and gives the BC position on fishing limits. He discusses Claude Ryan's five region concept and various aspects of Canadian federalism. 12 January 1978. TRACK 2: In a press conference, Bennett announces the CTC decision to grant BC's request for a stay in the CPR order to suspend passenger services on the E & N Railway. The stay is valid for five months, during which the CPR will continue to provide passenger service. In the meantime, BC is to appeal the CPR decision in the courts. Bennett also discusses the importance of this service, and answers questions concerning the BCR and BC Tel. 19 January 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0085 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: State of the province address message and Saanich Chambers of Commerce address RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-25 & 1978-02-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett presents his economic and financial quarterly report (termed the "state of the province address"). Things are looking up in BC, Bennett states, and he relates how labour relations, industrial growth and the general economy have improved over the past year. He comments on legislation which has been passed and on the state of dominion/provincial relations, alluding to BC strategies and proposals to be adopted at an upcoming federal/provincial conference. He also calls for freer trade to bolster the economy. 25 January 1978. TRACK 2: In an address to the combined Chambers of Commerce in Saanich, Bennett speaks about the effort necessary to improve public access to government, and about the role of legislators. He relates how the province's economy has grown over the past two years, and suggests it is time for (realistic) optimism. Bennett also comments on provincial job creation efforts and federal/provincial resource development plans, 2 February 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0086 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Remarks at First Ministers' Conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-02-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In his opening remarks to the First Ministers' Conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses inflation, the economy, unemployment, finance, industry, natural resources and strategies to deal with problems in these areas, 13 February 1978. TRACK 2: During the afternoon sitting of the First Ministers' Conference, Bennett comments on the growth of the public sector in Canada, urging all governments to adopt a policy a policy of spending restraint, and proposes several methods of cutting government costs, 13 February 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0087 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Press conference on throne speech, and sworn in as minister RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-03-30 & 1978-04-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses the throne speech. He announces that Harvey Wilfred Schroeder will be the new Speaker of the House, and Steven Rogers will be the deputy speaker. The throne speech deals with job creation, with an emphasis on small business and individual enterprise. Jobs are to be created in the private sector, aided by government efforts and deregulation. 30 March 1978. TRACK 2: Bennett is sworn in as Minister of Energy, Transport and Communications the day after Jack Davis's resignation, and conducts a press conference afterwards. Bennett asks his colleagues to endorse Evan Wolfe as the new director of BC Hydro and Sam Bawlf as the director of the BC Harbour Board. Bennett refuses to comment further on Davis's resignation. 4 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0088 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Discusses Jack Davis's resignation and economic plans RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett states that the investigation into the Jack Davis affair was instigated by a private individual, and claims that any minister must resign under similar circumstances. Davis would be restored to the premier's confidence if he is cleared. 6 April 1978. TRACK 2: In a news conference, Bennett discusses his economic plans for BC. He comments on the federal budget and sales tax reductions, and answers questions concerning unemployment and job creation efforts. 11 April 1978. NOTE: Unedited transcript is available for this track only. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0089 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Premier's post-Yorkton news conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett comments on the viability of the Fort Nelson extension of the BCR, Cyril Shelford's proposed resignation, the upcoming federal election, and federal;/provincial financial arrangements. 17 April 1978. TRACK 2: Bennett announces that regular economic meetings between the provinces and Ottawa will commence. 17 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0090 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Meets northern mayors about BCR extension RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mayors from northeastern BC meet with Premier Bill Bennett to persuade his government to extend the BC Railway to Fort Nelson. They present various economic and political arguments to further their case. 20 April 1978. TRACK 2: Bennett responds by stating that the matter will have to be studied further before any decision is made. 20 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0091 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Post-Trudeau visit press conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-11-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses the results of his meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau. The discussion touched on aspects of the national economy, the teaching of the French language, national unity, the constitution, and the five regions concept of Canadian federalism. 1 November 1977. [TRACK 2: blank.] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0092 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interview with Gary Bannerman (part 1) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 and 2: In a radio hot line program interview with Gary Bannerman on CKNW Vancouver, Premier Bill Bennett discusses northern development through the extension of the BC Railway, government plans to stimulate the economy, and the employment situation in BC. 25 January 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0093 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interview with Gary Bannerman (part 2) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: In a radio hot line program interview with Gary Bannerman on CKNW Vancouver, Premier Bill Bennett answers questions from listeners across the province. He discusses liquor legislation, the distribution of government information, the role of government, and various government services. 25 January 1978.

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, speeches, etc., April 1977]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Press conference on BC Railway ; Canadian Association of Broadcasters speech RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1977-04-05 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett announces a halt in the construction of the BC Railway, 5 April 1977. Also, reaction from NDP MLA Gary Lauk. TRACK 2: Bennett's speech to the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Victoria, 30 April 1977.

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, speeches, etc., January-July 1977]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0042 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conferences on BCR and Legislative sitting length, and new investment corporation RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-06-06 & 09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett's press conference on the BC Railway, Railwest and the length of the current legislative session, 6 June 1977. TRACK 2: Bennett announces the formation of a major new private investment corporation, 9 June 1977. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0043 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conferences on Ontario election, NDP caucus, unemployed RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-06-10 & 14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett comments on the election of a Conservative minority government in Ontario, 10 June 1977. Also, Human Rights Director Kathleen Ruff comments on the Human Rights Code. TRACK 2: Bennett criticizes the NDP for their boycott of the Legislative Assembly, and also speaks about unemployment, 14 June 1977. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0044 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conference on Vancouver resource board, Canada Day message RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-06-28 & 07-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett comments on the protests of the Downtown Eastside Residents' Association about the elimination of the Vancouver Resource Board. Also, the comments of Bruce Eriksen of DERA. 28 June 1977. TRACK 2: Bennett's Canada Day message, 1 July 1977. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0045 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Welcomes Alcan pipeline route recommendation ; News conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-01-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett welcomes the recommendations of the National Energy Board for the Alcan pipeline route. TRACK 2: News conference, 10 January 1977.

Bill Bennett : [speeches, etc., at Social Credit convention, November 1977]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0076 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Addresses Social Credit convention RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-11-04 [or 5?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett addresses the 1977 Social Credit provincial convention. He says that the purpose of Social Credit was not just to defeat the NDP, but to provide a better life for the people of the province. Outlines accomplishments of the Social Credit government: aid to seniors, universal pharmacare, extended health care, hospital construction, education reform, recreational facilities, juvenile law reform, anti-drug program, ombudsman, quarterly financial reports, auditor general, crown corporations, Reporting Act, better relations with municipalities, better relations with the government of Canada. Talks about federal/provincial ferries agreement, DREE agreement, ARDA agreement, BCR agreement; pledges not to abandon BCR; praises cabinet ministers and Social Credit MLAs; says Social Credit government is a team effort; says the government has an economic plan for BC; mining policy. TRACK 2: Forestry policy; new investment in the forest industry; says BC and Alberta are bright spots in Canada; one of the best records of new job creation in Canada; best record of man days lost due to strikes and lockouts in recent history in BC; discusses positive economic impact of the Alcan pipeline; demands national economic plan, cuts in government spending; calls for national unity. November 4 [or 5?], 1977.

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0077 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: "Ask the Cabinet" question and answer session at Social Credit convention RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-11-03 or 04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: An "Ask the Cabinet" question-and-answer session at the 1977 Social Credit convention, moderated by Premier Bill Bennett. Questions regarding child custody hearings; seat belt legislation; enforcement of labour legislation; ferry workers; property tax rates versus mill rates; [interruption as a pie is thrown in Bill Vander Zalm's face]; recreation grants, Vancouver Finlandia club; plans to make the BC economy more productive; pollution in Okanagan Lake; seat belt legislation; comments of Judge L. Bewley regarding women; decentralization of the court system. TRACK 2: Questions regarding government accountability to the convention; decrease in number in non-residential hunters; release of agricultural land from government to farmer and land leasing; Vancouver-Kitimat ferry service; Indian land claims, including Nishga claims; new campsites; why the Lord's Day Act is not enforced; auto insurance rates; balanced budgeting; impaired driving; education priorities; universities; advertising in English textbooks; monorail rapid transit. November 3 or 4, 1977. [Continues on T1707:0077.]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0078 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: "Ask the Cabinet" question and answer session at Social Credit convention (cont'd) RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-11-03 or 04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Continues from T1707:0077, track 2.] Questions regarding corporation capital tax; penalties against impaired drivers for causing death in accidents; culpability of union members for damage or injury due to job action; money for university education; core curriculum; difficulties in getting a small company going. November 3 or 4, 1977. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Canadian heritage series, volume 1 : Sounds of steam

SUMMARY: Field recordings of two steam locomotives. TRACK 1: Former Canadian Pacific Railway Class H1e, No. 2860 (Royal Hudson class). Built at Montreal, 1940; retired in 1958. Purchased by B.C. government in; 1974, and used for excursion traffic on the British Columbia Railway between North Vancouver and Squamish. TRACK 2: Former Canadian Pacific Railway Class N2b, No. 3716. Built in Montreal 1912; retired in 1958. Puchased by the B.C. government in 1974 and used on the British Columbia Museum Train, for private rail excursions, and in motion pictures.

Charles D. Marlatt interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Charles (Bud) Marlatt joined in 1958 to supervise the railway's new microwave system. When he retired, in 1981, he was B.C. Rail's chief of communications.;

Charles Ferber interview

CALL NUMBER: T3332:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Financial administration of the Social Credit government, 1952-1972 (part 1) PERIOD COVERED: 1906-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-02-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: C.J. Ferber discusses his background, training, and work as a chartered accountant, and his entrance into the civil service as deputy comptroller-general during the Coalition years. The 1952 election, the beginning of the Social Credit era of government, and Ferber's promotion to the position of Comptroller-General. Impressions of W.A.C. Bennett, Einar Gunderson and J.V. Fisher. Duties and functions as Comptroller-General. Responsibilities and relationship within the government. Control of government expenditure. TRACK 2: Mr. Ferber discusses the issuing of special warrants for government expenditure. W.A.C. Bennett as a financial policy-maker. The comptroller-general as financial administrator. The role, function and operation of Treasury Board. Explanation of the budgetary process during the time of W.A.C. Bennett's administration. Attitudes toward deficit-financing.;

CALL NUMBER: T3332:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Financial administration of the Social Credit government, 1952-1972 (part 2) PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-02-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: C.J. Ferber discusses the subject of deficit financing in government, debt reduction and Crown Corporations. The method which the government of W.A.C. Bennett employed to eliminate the public debt of B.C. The possible dangers for governments building up large amounts of contingent liabilities. The Social Credit policy of "Pay as you go". During Ferber's years as Comptroller-General, British Columbia's public accounts were the clearest in Canada. The difference between budgetary and non-budgetary items in public accounts. [TRACK 2: blank; end of interview.];

Charlie Midnight interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [197-?] SUMMARY: An oral history interview with Charlie Midnight, who worked for 52 years on the PGE as an engine driver. He talks about having Princess Margaret as a passenger in 1958 (including RCMP security), steam engines, snowslides, derailments, Prince George arrival, parties and whisky.

Commission on British Columbia Railway, 1977

  • GR-0500
  • Series
  • 1977-1978

This series consists of records of the Royal Commission on the British Columbia Railway 1977, 1978. Records include exhibits, interrogatories, general files, clippings, printed matter, indexes, guides and synopses. A card index (BOXES 1-4), and guides and synopses (BOX 5) were compiled by the staff of the Commission. The card index provides subject and name access to the exhibits and testimony in the transcripts of evidence. References will be to exhibit number or volume(s) and page number(s) in the transcripts. For references to pages of testimony by individuals, see the indexes in boxes 1-4.

Special note should be taken of the series of files "Interrogatories", which were written questions submitted to B.C. Rail. The questions are compiled in item 3, BOX 5. Answers to questions are filed in BOXES 15 - 21. Several questions did not receive written answers This finding aid gives a listing of the subject matter of those submissions received from B.C. Rail.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on the British Columbia Railway

Dave Barrett : [miscellaneous press conferences, speeches, interviews, etc., 1972-1977]

CALL NUMBER: T1704:0101 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Victory speech and press conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1972-08-30 SUMMARY: David Barrett victory speech to party workers and his first press conference as Premier-Elect, 30 August 1972.; CALL NUMBER: T1704:0102 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Announces general election RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-11-03 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett announces the 1975 provincial general election, 3 November 1975.; CALL NUMBER: T1704:0103 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Campaign speech RECORDED: Port Coquitlam (B.C.), 1975-12-09 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's final speech of the 1975 provincial election campaign, Port Coquitlam, 9 December 1975.; CALL NUMBER: T1704:0104 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Election day RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-12-11 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett on election day, 11 December 1975: comments on casting his ballot, and his reaction to the NDP defeat.; CALL NUMBER: T1704:0105 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: On the appointment of a Royal Commission into the BC Railway RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-02-08 SUMMARY: Dave Barrett comments on the appointment of a Royal Commission into the operation of the BC Railway, 8 February 1977.;

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