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Dave Barrett, B.C.'s first NDP premier, dies at 87

Former B.C. Premier Dave Barrett died this morning, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, at the age of 87. In his short three years in office, Barrett’s government managed to create both the Insurance Corp. of B.C.

Former B.C. Premier Dave Barrett died this morning, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, at the age of 87.

In his short three years in office, Barrett’s government managed to create both the Insurance Corp. of B.C. and the Agricultural Land Reserve, as well as question period in the province's legislative proceedings.

“He cared deeply about this province and devoted much of his life to trying to make it a better and fairer place to live,” his family said in a statement Friday afternoon. “His love of the province was surpassed only by his devotion to his family.”

Barrett was British Columbia’s first NDP premier, and led the province from 1972 to 1975.

From Twitter:

https://twitter.com/bcndp/status/959572087118610432

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https://twitter.com/ctvmijunglee/status/959583116032606210

https://twitter.com/CUPEBC/status/959584281306677250

https://twitter.com/INTEGRITYBC/status/959584273815674883

https://twitter.com/oconnor322/status/959583770281050112

https://twitter.com/siempre1907/status/959583380038971392

https://twitter.com/mkaragianis/status/959583348921311234

https://twitter.com/DanBurritt/status/959573293652066304

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