William King (Canadian politician)
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|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||Cliff Michael|
|Preceded by||Burton Peter Campbell|
|Preceded by||Randall Harding|
|Succeeded by||Burton Peter Campbell|
September 15, 1930 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party of British Columbia|
William 'Bill' King (born September 15, 1930) is a former British Columbia politician from Revelstoke. King was a member of Dave Barrett's 1972 BC NDP provincial government, serving in the post of Minister of Labour.
King was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan 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.
He entered politics as a teenager in 1943, when 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 Vincent Segur's campaign in the 1952 provincial election. In 1960 King served as campaign manager for George Hobbs, who won the Revelstoke-Slocan seat for the CCF.
He was re-elected in 1972, when the New Democratic Party became the government. Premier Dave Barrett appointed King Minister of Labour. During his time as Minister of Labour, King introduced BC's first Labour Code and Human Rights legislation, and was the first to appoint women to key civil service positions in BC.
In the general election of 1975, NDP leader Dave Barrett lost his seat in the Legislature. King served as Leader of the Opposition until Barrett returned to the House upon winning a by-election in June 1976.
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