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W.A.C. Bennett, former B.C. premier

How does a man known as "Wacky" stay in power for 20 years? W.A.C. Bennett, the longest-serving and best (just ask him) premier in provincial history shares this and more in a candid and comic TV interview with CBC host Peter Gzowski. It is one of Canada's most colorful political characters in fine form.
• Dave Barrett, who is referred to often in this clip, was Bennett's successor as premier of B.C. Bennett held office for 20 years before Barrett defeated him in 1972.
 
• Bennett's 20-year reign as premier still stands as longest in B.C.'s history. Conservative Richard McBride ranks second, serving for 12 years until his resignation in December 1915. W.A.C. Bennett's son Bill served for nearly 11 years, between 1975 and 1986.

• Bennett was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada in April 1976.

• William Andrew Cecil Bennett died on February 23, 1979 at the age of 78.

Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: May 12, 1977
Guest(s): W.A.C. Bennett
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 19:33

Last updated: May 10, 2012

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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