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Monday, November 24, 2008

The Zalm's final word

Bill Vander Zalm, looking as fit and acting as energetic as he did 20 years ago, was at GM Place in Vancouver on Sunday to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

But it wasn't church matters that Vander Zalm spoke about as he crushed my hand with a vice-like shake. No, it was the imminent publication of his autobigraphy, For the People: Highsight, Insight, Foresight.

It will be most interesting to see how, after all these years, the former B.C. premier interprets the singular event most responsible for his loss of office and, ultimately, for the sundering of the Social Credit Party in B.C.--his declaration, in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada 1988 Morgentaler decision, that B.C. would not list abortions as an insurable procedure under the Medicare Services Act.

Check out his website if you're interested in obtaining a copy. Net proceeds go to charity.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on November 24, 2008 in Books | Permalink


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"It will be most interesting to see how, after all these years, the former B.C. premier interprets the singular event most responsible for his loss of office..."

I seem to recall he left office in the wake of accusations of corruption, for which he was criminally charged.

BTW, it is funny now to think that back in his day people did not think twice about disparaging him by calling him "Willie Wooden Shoes". How un-PC!!! I'm sure the same kind of folks who used to say that back then would want to launch a human rights compaint against anyone who did it today. Times have changed....

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-11-24 4:45:11 PM

Fact check:
You are right that it was a conflict-of-interest scandal (Fantasy Gardens) that ultimately drove him from office, but his premiership was badly shaken and never, I'd argue, recovered from the internal and external political problems caused by the abortion-funding controversy.

Posted by: Terry O'Neill | 2008-11-24 5:44:26 PM

I remember it well. Hell, I still have the "Van der Zalm rap" on cassette.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-24 5:52:31 PM

He was heads above any premier BC has had in a very long time and yes it had more to do with his plan to de-fund abortion than anything else. The radical Left detested him for what he stood and he had more than his share of turn-coats within the party. As for Fantasy Gardens it pales in light of Clark and the NDP.

BC would benefit if it were possible to disown the cesspool of Vancouver and Victoria, both havens for the looney Left.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-24 6:21:42 PM

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