MP Murray Rankin pays tribute to late Dave Barrett

Today in the House of Commons MP Murray Rankin paid tribute on behalf of the federal NDP to the late Dave Barrett, the first NDP premier of British Columbia, a former Member of Parliament, and an impassioned advocate for social justice.

“Dave brought truly enduring change to our province. No future right-wing government in B.C. dared to undo his legacy: public automobile insurance, the agricultural land reserve, higher minimum wages, and enhanced pensions for the elderly,” said Rankin during his statement in the House.

Rankin offered his condolences to Barrett’s spouse, Shirley, and three children. He thanked Barrett for his memorable wit, inspirational oratory, passion for public life, and great joy.

“I bet that of all former B.C. premiers, Dave is the one British Columbians would most like to have joined for a beer,” joked Rankin.

Dave Barrett was the Premier of British Columbia from 1972 to 1975, and Member of Parliament for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca from 1988 to 1993.

A video of Rankin’s statement can be found here: