May 10th, 1979 — It’s just another grip and grin picture except for who the people are and where they are which is the Social Credit celebration at the Bayshore Inn after the Socreds won the 1979 provincial election. On the left we have Federal Liberal and always a Liberal Ron Basford shaking hands with one time Liberal Pat McGeer who had just been elected as a Social Credit MLA. In the middle is Paul Hellyer a one time Federal Liberal cabinet minister but at the time of this picture a Tory although he did return briefly to the Liberals before forming and becoming leader of the Canadian Action Party which at one point at Hellyer’s urging attempted to join the NDP. They’re all getting along and enjoying each others company unlike the politicians of today.
May 10th, 1979 — Grace McCarthy walks through crowds of Social Credit supporters in the ballroom of the Bayshore Inn after the party’s 1979 election victory. The long time MLA from Vancouver known as “Amazing Grace” because of her work to resurrect the Socred party after its defeat by the NDP in 1972 died yesterday at age 89.
July 9th, 1977 — Prime minister Pierre Trudeau with MP Simma Holt eating pizza at a picnic at Trout Lake. Note how close the public and more importantly, the protesters, are to Trudeau and how no one really cares. Those were different days. It’s also interesting how different Trudeau is among people compared to Joe Clark in the picture I posted a few days ago.
Circa 1981 — Leader of the official opposition and the federal conservative party, Joe Clark, walks with his daughter Catherine around the Robson Street courthouse plaza not unnoticed by people but certainly left alone except by the me, the photographer. The pictures never ran in the paper so I sent prints to him in Ottawa along with a note apologizing for intruding and then not getting the pictures published. I ended the note saying, “Should have thrown you a football”.
Circa June 1978 — I’ve always liked these pictures of Bill Bennett playing a celebrity tennis match with Ginger Rogers and Vancouver mayor Jack Volrich despite them never running in the paper. They showed a side of him that didn’t come out on television. Last week when he died I went onto the Province’s website to see if they used them with the obit but they didn’t; just a couple of boring mugshots. If Bill hadn’t made it over the net in his game winning celebration it would have been picture of the year for sure but alas he did and the picture wasn’t. It’s interesting to note how different politicians of that era behaved around the press even those as media unfriendly as Bennett. It was easy to get close, all wide angles, and no cordon of burly men in dark suits with earbuds blocking the best shots. For the younger viewers of this blog I should say that Bill Bennett was once the premier of BC and Ginger Rogers was a movie star.
October 6th, 2015 — It’s just one of the many campaign posters stuck on lawns and boulevards for incumbent MP Joyce Murray in her riding of Vancouver Quadra until you get close and check out the fine print below. This is a very strange election.
November 17th, 1976 — We had a provincial election today and what a surprise. This picture of Art Phillips and Jack Volrich taken the night Volrich was elected mayor of Vancouver for the first time after Phillips decided not to run for a second term has nothing to do with today’s election except for the look on their faces, SURPRISE!
1978 — There has never been a woman mayor of Vancouver. May Brown may have been the first to try but she encountered severe verbal abuse from the right wing side of the media and lost to Jack Volrich. The people laughing in the background are May Brown’s campaign team including third from the left, Art Cowie.
1970’s — Dave Barrett, then Premier of BC, get’s his tummy checked out by NDP MLA Emery Barnes after an old boys rugby game against Japan at Brockton Point in Stanley Park.
October, 1971 — While Alexei Kosygin was premier of the USSR he made a visit to Edmonton where he was made an honourary Cree Chief. Kosygin was impressed by the ceremony and especially the head dress which he assumed was his to keep. It wasn’t and relations between the Soviets and the Cree Nation were strained for a few moments because of this. This picture appeared in Life magazine.