B.C. holding public state memorial service for former premier Dave Barrett

The public memorial will be held in Victoria on March 3.

Barrett governed British Columbia from 1972 to 1975

Dave Barrett was elected British Columbia's first NDP premier in September 1972. (CHEK News)

The life of former B.C. premier Dave Barrett is being honoured with a public state memorial service in Victoria. 

Barrett, who led the province's first New Democratic Party government, died on Feb. 2 at the age of 87. 

The service is being held at the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria on March 3 at 10 a.m. PT. The service is open to the public. 

It is being streamed online here

Barrett's short-lived government from September 1972 to December 1975 carried out reforms at a blistering pace, including the creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve, the public auto insurance corporation ICBC, a provincial ambulance system and Pharmacare. It also brought in full Hansard transcripts of proceedings in the legislature. 

After just three years in government, Barrett called a snap election and the Social Credit party swept back into power.

Barrett's son Dan said in a statement his father died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

He said his father cared deeply about the province and that he devoted much of his life to trying to make it a better and fairer place to live. His love of the province was surpassed only by his devotion to his family, he added.

Barrett was living in a Victoria care facility in recent years.

With files from The Canadian Press and Susana da Silva