Forests, Power and Policy: The Legacy of Ray Williston, Williston, Eileen; Keller, Betty. Published by Caitlin Press, Prince George, BC, Canada, 1997. First Edition. Signed and dated by Ray Williston on free endpaper. Beige boards, brown spine with white spine titles. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 318 pages including index and photographs. Both unclipped jacket and volume in pristine, collectible condition without marks, tears etc.
The life and career of British Columbia politician and Cabinet Minister of the W. A. C. Bennett era, Ray Williston [in office 1952-1972]. “As education minister, Ray Williston introduced the idea of university education for teachers, among other then-radical innovations. As minister of lands and forests, he had his greatest impact. From the mega-power projects to improved forestry practices, all major industrial developments in interior and northern BC during the 1950s and 1960s had Williston’s stamp on them. He oversaw the building of the Bennett Dam on the Peace River and subsequent flooding of the valley behind it -now called Williston Lake – and the flooding of the Arrow Lake and displacement of many people in the Kootenays, but he was a man of his times and was determined to pull rural British Columbia into the modern era”. 002431 $40