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George Abbott (2001 - 2004)

George AbbottIn 2001, the B.C. Liberal Party formed government for the first time since 1952, and George Abbott became the 23rd minister (2001-2004). Renamed the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services, Abbott’s portfolio included responsibilities that had been part of the ministry in the past, such as housing, safety and recreation, and the new areas of aboriginal and women’s services. The centrepiece of Abbott’s tenure was the Community Charter. Developed through the provincial-local government Community Charter Council, the Charter provides broad powers to municipalities balanced with accountability, and works in conjunction with the Local Government Act to provide a modern legislative foundation for local government. It also entrenches the principles for provincial-local government relations. In addition to local government legislation, the Province also put forward legislation to streamline administration of certain safety standards under the new B.C. Safety Authority.

Before entering provincial politics, Abbott was the chair of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. In 1996, he was elected to the legislature as the Liberal MLA for Shuswap, and served as the municipal affairs critic. Abbott was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009. He has led the ministries of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services; Sustainable Resource Management; and Health. In June 2009, he was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

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“37th Parliament Members of the Legislative Assembly at dissolution on April 19, 2005: Hon. George Abbott, Shuswap”. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. 08 Aug. 2008 <http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/37thparl/abbott.htm>
Bancroft, Wendy, et al. Union of British Columbia Municipalities: The First Century. Vancouver, B.C.: Granville Island Publishing, 2006.
Local Government Policy and Research Branch. Summary of Local Government Legislation 2003. Victoria: British Columbia. Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services, 2003.