Originally Posted by DKaz
He turned the BC economy around, helped the province really flourish during the good times and helped us weather a recession.
Or... the world economy turned around, Gordo was Premier at the time. The world economy then crashed, and we got deficits. Hardly surprising. There's bigger things at play there.
Originally Posted by cc85
Of course. Who else has put more effort into building this province? Once you get this list, go through it and tell me when you hit his name. I don't think you will have a long list. Stop hating on him.
Pretty sure Wacky Bennett gets that title, yet he doesn't have the Order. Ironically as a conservative (Socred) Premier, he expanded government and nationalized many industries, creating the Crown corps we know today: BC Hydro and BC Ferries. His government launched UVIC and SFU and expanded highways across the province. I'd say if any Premier is worthy of shaping BC, it was him.
Only other I might consider is Dave Barrett, who despite being Premier for three years left many legacies including ICBC and the ALR.
Gordo's greatest achievement, IMO, was the carbon tax. We'll see if that last the test of time.
I doubt he deserves the designation, and even if he does, it came way too soon.