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Robin Blencoe (1991 - 1993)

Robin BlencoeRobin Blencoe was the 15th Minister of Municipal Affairs (1991-1993), and only the second NDP politician to hold the position. Blencoe introduced a large package of amendments designed to modernize local government legislation. Some of the major initiatives during his term in office included the establishment of an annual assessment cycle; provisions for affordable housing and density bonusing; and a comprehensive rewrite of local elections legislation, including requirements to disclose election campaign donations and expenditures.

Blencoe began his political career as a Victoria city councillor. He was elected NDP MLA in 1983 and 1986. While in Opposition, Blencoe served as the municipal affairs critic. In 1991, he was elected in the riding of Victoria-Hillside. In addition to leading Municipal Affairs, Blencoe held cabinet portfolios as the Minister of Government Services and the Minister Responsible for Sport and the Commonwealth Games.
 

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Sources

 
Austin, Ian and Barbara McLintock. “Mayors praise Victoria's new home-tax legislation". The Province [Vancouver, B.C.]. 11 June 1992, First ed: A5.
 
Bancroft, Wendy, et al. Union of British Columbia Municipalities: The First Century. Vancouver, B.C.: Granville Island Publishing, 2006.
 
“Bill widens access” The Province [Vancouver, B.C .]. 28 Apr. 1992, 1st ed: A14
 
“Career politician associated with NDP for 20 years” The Vancouver Sun. 7 Apr. 1995, Final ed: A3
 
Hunter, Justine. “Victoria giving local governments power to grapple with developers”. The Vancouver Sun 24 June 1993, 1st ed: B4.
 
McLintock, Barbara. “Property-tax bite bigger – Blencoe” The Province [Vancouver, B.C.]. 9 Apr. 1992, 1st ed: A16.