'I know that voice': B.C. broadcasting giant Rafe Mair dead at 85

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 01:22:12 PM. Family say he passed away Monday morning.
Longtime B.C. broadcaster and former Social Credit cabinet minister Rafe Mair has passed away at age 85. His family told CBC he died on Monday morning. A former political panelist on CBC's The Early Edition and CKNW radio host, Mair was best known for his provocative style. He was most passionate when talking and writing about the environment, politics and constitutional issues. Generations of British Columbians knew his distinctive voice and it drew attention everywhere he went, Mair's widow Wendy Conway Mair told CBC News. "It didn't seem to matter. Anywhere in the world where we would be, whether it be New Zealand or London in our hotel or downtown having dinner, somebody would say, 'I know that voice,' and then they would come over to our table," she said. Rafe Mair retires from radio Rafe Mair retires4:16 A trained lawyer, Mair entered politics in 1975 when he was elected MLA for Kamloops as a member of the B.C. Social Credit Party. He served under Premier Bill Bennett in various cabinet posts until 1983, and was the British Columbian minister responsible for constitutional affairs during the lead up the the patriation of the Canadian Constitution. Former premier Bill Vander Zalm remembered Mair as a determined crusader during his time in the legislature. "Rafe had a way of setting an objective, setting a goal and going there. Nothing stopped him. That probably presented a problem for him from time to time in politics — you can't always operate that way,"...Read more
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