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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]

Dave Barrett : [press conferences, speeches, interviews, etc., August 1977 - April 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1704:0117 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: On the Alcan pipeline and the end of the legislative session RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-08-09 & 1977-09-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: NDP leader Dave Barrett says that BC should insist on three conditions being met before approving the Alcan pipeline route: (1) ninety percent of the workers involved should be from BC, and ninety percent of secondary goods and services should be purchased through small business in the province; (2) seven percent of the total capital cost should be set aside in a permanent economic development fund; and (3) there should be a written agreement that the first use of any Canadian arctic gas flowing through the pipeline should be for British Columbians and/or Canadians. 9 August 1977. TRACK 2: NDP leader Dave Barrett comments on the 1977 legislative session. He disagrees with Premier Bennett, who said that the session was very productive. Barrett says very little was accomplished, considering the amount of time spent. Specific legislation is mentioned and commented upon. 27 September 1977. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0118 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett : Submission to the BCR Royal Commission ; Reaction to interim report RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-12-05 & 1978-04-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: NDP leader Dave Barrett comments on his submission to the Royal Commission inquiring into the BC Railway. Barrett challenges the Commission to subpoena him, former Premier W.A.C. Bennett, current Premier W.R. Bennett, and other political figures. 5 December 1977. TRACK 2: Barrett responds to the release of the interim report of the Royal Commission on the BC Railway. Barrett criticizes the government for "sitting on the report" for 90 days; he also criticizes the report, saying that the recommendation to close the Fort Nelson extension is "terrible" and would, if followed through, be; "totally damaging" to "the rational development of the northeast sector" of the province. Barrett says that the Minister of Economic Development should either give a statement that the extension will; be kept open, or he and the government should resign. 12 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0119 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett : On state of the province; Barrett, Wallace and Stephens on 1978 Oak Bay by-election RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01 & 03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The track begins with an interview with Kathleen Ruff, Director of Human Rights, who discusses discrimination against women in hiring practices in BC, and recommends that municipal governments undertake an affirmative action program. The majority of the track is given over to Dave Barrett, who reacts to the Premier's "state of the province" speech. Barrett's comments are wide-ranging, but deal most extensively with the state of the provincial economy and unemployment. 25 January 1978. TRACK 2: The track begins with a [poorly recorded] interview with former Conservative leader Dr. Scott Wallace, after the polls had closed in the Oak Bay by-election. Wallace believes the early returns clearly show that his successor, Vic Stephens, will win the by-election. Vic Stephens is then interviewed regarding his plans as MLA and as Conservative leader. Stephens then talks to the crowd at his victory party. The next interview is with NDP leader Dave Barrett the following morning. Barrett says that the big loser in the election was Social Credit. He then speculates on the future of BC politics, and compliments Liberal leader Gordon Gibson, saying that he would like to see Gibson stay in provincial politics. March 20 and 21, 1978.

Ralph Loffmark interview

CALL NUMBER: T3093:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early life and education PERIOD COVERED: 1920-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ralph Loffmark discusses: his family background; his early life in the interior of B.C.; his education in Chase, B.C., Kamloops, B.C., at the University of B.C., and at the University of Toronto; his election to the student council at the University of Toronto as athletic director; and his enlistment in the Canadian army. TRACK 2: Ralph Loffmark discusses: his service in the armed forces, his close encounters with death; his first experience with a conscious political policy; his law and business education experiences as a veteran; his first employment as a lawyer; his interests in accountancy; teaching commerce at UBC; his experience writing in areas of the law and commerce; his first interests in politics. CALL NUMBER: T3093:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Loffmark's first election and some of his political ideas PERIOD COVERED: 1950-1963 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ralph Loffmark discusses: his first exposure to politics; his entry into politics as a Social Credit candidate in 1963; the 1963 election campaign; his perceptions of the Social Credit Party at that time; his concern over the state of roads in B.C. during that period. TRACK 2: Ralph Loffmark discusses the expropriation of B.C. Electric as a major issue in the1963 provincial election; the nature of the Social Credit membership in Point Grey; the nature of nomination and candidacy procedure; dams on the Peace and Columbia Rivers; the crippling effects of cost overruns in government projects; some of his perceptions about the political parties in B.C.; and his primary occupational objectives. CALL NUMBER: T3093:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Being elected and joining the cabinet PERIOD COVERED: 1963-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Loffmark discusses: the role of the backbencher in the legislature; joining the cabinet as Minister of Industrial Development, Trade and Commerce in 1964; attempts at influencing cabinet ministers; his priorities as a cabinet minister; and transportation problems in Canada. TRACK 2: Loffmark discusses: Canadian freight rates; trade promotion activities; Japanese business connections; contrasts between doing business with Japan and India; his appointment to Treasury Board; the duties of Treasury Board; and inter-departmental relations. CALL NUMBER: T3093:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Trade and Commerce PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Loffmark discusses: the development of the Bank of British Columbia; the run on B.C. bonds after the expropriation of B.C. Electric; the opportunities for tax reductions open to a business man; foreign investment in B.C.; secondary industries in B.C.; the poor state of dominion-provincial relations; B.C. separatism; the contention over the adequacy of Vancouver harbour; the possible over-production of pulp and paper. TRACK 2: Loffmark discusses: the redistribution of seats prior to the 1966 provincial election; the 1966 election campaign in Vancouver South; his travels on trade missions; joint American-Canadian development around the area of the Alaskan Panhandle. CALL NUMBER: T3093:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Health PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Loffmark discusses: his move from the Ministry of Trade and Industry to Health; Phil Gaglardi's removal as Minister of Highways and its effect on the Social Credit Party; the problems he perceived in the field of health; his priorities as Health minister; the ban on liquor and tobacco advertising; the death penalty for persistent drug traffickers; the operation of government liquor stores; the debate over pollution control; the necessity to maintain some kind of control over doctors who were abusing medicare; Scott Wallace's position in the Social Credit Party; and pharmacare and dentacare. TRACK 2: Loffmark discusses: dentacare and pharmacare; the publishing of doctors' earnings; the resource development vs. social services debate; the Clearwater incident; B.C. government efforts to fight heroin addiction; the government's power to allow certain doctors to use hospital facilities; the effects of Scott Wallace's crossing the floor; and the 1972 provincial election. CALL NUMBER: T3093:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Health care and some general political perceptions PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Loffmark discusses: the 1972 election; the Dease Lake railway extension; his major accomplishments as Minister of Health; his decision to retire from politics; his impressions of politics in general and of the party system; his relationship with W.A.C. Bennett; and cabinet meetings. TRACK 2: Ralph Loffmark discusses the timing of elections; the nature of the relationship between the civil service and the government; decision-making in his ministries; all-night sittings of the Legislature; his relationship with the press; government-organized group relations; opposition party unity; the effectiveness of opposition parties; and his perception of persons in the opposition parties. CALL NUMBER: T3093:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Some general political perceptions PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Loffmark discusses: his views on the Dease Lake railway extension; cost reductions in health care; the home medical care scheme; his present activities; religion in politics; the effectiveness of a good political leader; the role of an MLA; the reasons behind W.A.C. Bennett's success; the Social Credit party as a coalition; reforms in the procedure of the House; the nature of the makeup of the Social Credit government; the nature of Social Credit policy-making; the proper functions of government; the rise of administrative tribunals; the decline of the Legislature. [TRACK 2: blank; end of interview]

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.]

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.