BC Politics

Social Media Remembers the Legacy of Dave Barrett

Past and present politicians and ordinary British Columbians offer their thoughts.

By Barry Link 2 Feb 2018 |

Barry Link is the editor of The Tyee.

The passing of Dave Barrett, the first NDP premier of B.C., has created an outpouring of observations and remembrances on social media today. Past and present politicians, journalists, academics, activists and regular citizens are sharing their thoughts. Here’s a sample of what’s being said on Twitter. The party he served and the labour constituency he both supported and sometimes fought with remembered him this way:

One of his caucus colleagues and another former NDP premier also weighed in:

As did those on the other side of the Legislature:

As did the current generation of B.C. politicians, activists and academics:

Much of what was said on Twitter looked back at an extraordinary time in B.C. political history. This was from one of his biographers:

And many remembered specific accomplishments, his government’s legacy and how it affected them:


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