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Premier's office audio series
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- British Columbia. Premier
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292 audio cassettes, 1 audio reel, assorted transcripts
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The Premier is the first minister of the government. In this role, the Premier makes recommendations to the Lieutenant-Governor for the selection and dismissal of ministers of government, and for the dissolution of the legislature. The Premier also signs orders-in-council, and presides over meetings of the Executive Council. The Lieutenant-Governor usually selects the Premier from the leader of the party holding the largest number of seats, or the party most able to form a government. In British Columbia, the office was established in 1871; when the province joined Confederation. However, it was not until 1921, when the office was first named in the Constitution Act (SBC 1921, c. 12). Since 1933, the Premier has also served as the President of the Executive Council. This was formalized in the Constitution Act in 1973 (SBC 1973 c. 20).
Scope and content
The series comprises audio recordings of two British Columbia Premiers, David Barrett and W.R. Bennett (as well as some of their cabinet ministers), heard at news conferences, press events, election campaign stops, speeches, announcements, and media interviews, 1973-1980.
Immediate source of acquisition
Received from the Premier's Office, 1976-1981.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, the BC Archives assigned accession or call numbers to oral history interviews according to the interviewee, rather than the source of the material. In this system, all recordings with a given person were filed under a single call number. For this reason, interviews in this series are interfiled with other interviews of the same individual -- most notably, material created by BC Radio News. Care must be taken to ensure the correct atrribution of individual recordings.
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Availability of other formats
- Transcripts are available for several of the recordings; for details, see the item-level descriptions.
- 24 of the items in this series exist only as paper transcripts or summaries; no tapes are available.
Restrictions on access
No access restrictions apply.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
- Copyright in most items is assumed to be held by the Government of British Columbia.
- Copyright in the recordings of broadcast or print interviews may be held by the respective broadcasters, news organizations, or journalists.
Item-level descriptions are available on-line.
No further accruals are expected.
Accession number(s): T0995; T1209; T1250; T1703; T1704; T1705; T1706; T1707; T1708; T1709; T1710; T1711; T1712; T3208; T3859
Sound recording originals are in cool storage.