Williston, Ray Gillis

WILLISTON, Ray Gillis, teacher, politician (b 1914, Victoria; d 7 Dec 2006, Sechelt). He began teaching in 1934 at a one-room school south of SALMON ARM; by 1950 he was a school inspector in northern BC. Attracted to politics by a desire to reform the school system, he won election as a SOCIAL CREDIT candidate in PRINCE GEORGE in 1953. The following year he joined Premier W.A.C. BENNETT's CABINET as minister of education. As minister of land and forests in 1956–72, he was central to...

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