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Bennett, William Andrew Cecil

Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1979 AD
Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Politician

1900 – Born on the 6th of September in Hastings, New Brunswick, Canada.

1918 – At the age of 18, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta.

       – He later moved to Kelowna, British Columbia and entered the retail hardware business.

1937-1939 – Served as President of the Kelowna Board of Trade.

1941 – Elected as the Conservative member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for South Okanagan.

1945 – He was re-elected as conservative member.

1948 – Run, unsuccessfully, as Progressive Conservative candidate in the Yale federal by-election.

1949 – He was returned to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in the provincial election.

1951 – He left the party to sit as an independent member.

       – In December, he took out a membership in the Social Credit League.

1952-1972 – Defeated Philip Gaglardi for the position of party leader and premier-elect of British Columbia.

1976 – He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

1979 – Bennett died on 23rd of February and was interred in the Kelowna Municipal Cemetery, in Kelowna, British Columbia.

1998 – Government of Canada honored W.A.C. Bennett with his portrait on a postage stamp of Canada.