BENNETT, W.A.C.




Author Tags: Politics

Not exactly renowned as a literary man, the most influential politician in B.C. history, William A.C. Bennett, did not write an autobiography or political memoirs but he is credited as the author of A Personal Report from the Premier--20 Years of Achievement--and Now, the Kelowna Charter (Vancouver: Social Credit Party of B.C., 1972). He is the subject of several books including those by Paddy Sherman, Martin Robin and David Mitchell, plus an adoring photo tribute by longtime Social Credit Party photographer Jim Ryan. W.A.C. Bennett also contributed the foreword to Roland Wild's biography of the second B.C premier, Amor de Cosmos (born William Alexander Smith), that was published by Ryerson Press in 1958 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Victoria Colonist, a newspaper that Amor de Cosmos founded. He also provided a foreword to an edition of Dorothy Hewlett Gellatly's little known local history A Bit of Okanagan History with pen sketches by E. H. Emmens (Kelowna Printing Company, 1932; third edition revised and enlarged, 1983). W.A.C. Bennett was born in Hastings, New Brunswick on September 6, 1900. He died in Kelowna on February 23, 1979. The library at Simon Fraser Unversity is named in his honour.

[BCBW 2003] "Politics"