PREMIER John Horgan on Friday issued the following statement on the passing away of former premier Dave Barrett, who was the first NDP premier of B.C.:
“Today, B.C. has lost a giant, former premier Dave Barrett.
“His visionary leadership and unflinching commitment to the well-being of ordinary people around the province led to lasting change that shaped our province for the better.
“In just one short term, his government delivered our first modern ambulance service, the Agricultural Land Reserve and public auto insurance. We are all better off, thanks to his tireless work and immeasurable contributions to public life.
“His sense of humour and ability to command a room with his oratory was legendary. First and foremost, I will always remember his commitment to working for regular people.
“He was an inspiration to me and many other British Columbians, and I am grateful for his friendship and guidance over the years. His legacy will live on in our hearts.
“Ellie and I extend our sincere condolences to the entire Barrett family at this difficult time.”