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.
Feb 18th, 1980 — Pat Carney arrives at her campaign headquarters having won her riding of Vancouver Centre in the 1980 federal election. Yesterday at age 73 Carney retired from the Canadian senate.
1979 — Pierre Trudeau campaigning on the waterfront in New Westminster during the 1979 federal election which saw the liberals defeated by the torys of Joe Clark. Trudeau was a joy to watch in situations like this as he dismembered the arguments of hecklers. It was one of the last campaigns where hecklers weren’t hauled away by the police as soon as they were identified.
There’s not much to this picture; just a man with his daughter in a stroller waiting to cross an intersection in Vancouver. The man, however, is Joe Clark, leader of her majesty’s loyal opposition and soon after this picture was taken he became Prime Minister of Canada. The picture was taken just before the 1979 election as I was walking back to my car from an unrelated assignment. I thought it might make a nice father’s day picture for The Province but it wasn’t published. This was the time before politicians had to have security guards, when people were polite enough to leave famous people alone as they walked down the street.
June 1978 — BC Premier Bill Bennett (left) was playing in a charity tennis match with Vancouver’s mayor Jack Volrich (right). Bennett and Volrich won the match and the premier did the traditional jumping over the net. If he’d missed and collapsed into a heap I’d have the picture of the year; a classic right up there with Bob Stanfield dropping the football, but the premier cleared the net with a foot to spare and the picture didn’t make the newspaper.