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Bill Vander Zalm

Bio: Bill Vander Zalm is an author, politician, and entrepreneur in British Columbia. Born and raised in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, he emigrated to Canada after the second world war. After completing high school, he sold tulip bulbs and ultimately established himself in the nursery and gardening business.

Elected alderman of Surrey in 1965, Bill Vander Zalm served as the city's mayor from 1969 to 1975. In 1986 he became British Columbia's 28th Premier. Returning to the political spotlight in 2009, he was an outspoken critic of the provincial government's conversion of the Provincial Sales Tax to the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A series of populist rallies led to him becoming the official proponent, in accordance with the Recall and Initiative Act, of a petition demanding a referendum to cancel the HST.