William King (Canadian politician)
|Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia|
|Preceded by||Dave Barrett|
|Succeeded by||Dave Barrett|
|Minister of Labour British Columbia|
September 15, 1972 – December 22, 1975
|Preceded by||Jack Heinrich|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia|
|Preceded by||new constituency|
|Succeeded by||Michael C. Clifford|
|Preceded by||Burton Peter Campbell|
|Preceded by||Randall Harding|
|Succeeded by||Burton Peter Campbell|
|Born||September 15, 1930
|Political party||New Democratic Party of British Columbia|
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King was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan on September 15, 1930 to Irish immigrants Patrick and Minnie King. He married Audrey Lennard on October 10, 1953, with whom he had two children, Linda and William Jr. He attended Nelson High School in Nelson, BC and the Labour College of Canada at the University of Montreal in 1967.
William, or "Bill" as he is more commonly known, first entered politics in 1943, when as a teenager he acted as a runner between polling stations and the campaign headquarters of Herbert Herridge, CCF MLA for Rossland-Trail. After moving to Revelstoke in 1952, he became an organizer for the CCF at the constituency level and worked on the 1952 Vincent Segur election campaign. In 1960 King served as campaign manager for the late George Hobbs, who won the Revelstoke-Slocan seat for the CCF.
He was re-elected on August 30, 1972 as part of the NDP government. When Premier Dave Barrett appointed his Cabinet on September 15, 1972, he named King as Minister of Labour. During his time as Minister of Labour, King introduced BC's first Labour Code, Human Rights legislation, and was the first to appoint women to key civil service positions in BC.
- http://www.worksafebc.com/about_us/history/abt_20_10_30.asp. Missing or empty
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revelstoke-Slocan. Missing or empty
- "Cabinet problems for Barrett". Calgary Herald. September 20, 1972. p. 5.
- "Speech disappointing to opposition". The Phoenix (Saskatoon). March 18, 1976. p. 13.
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