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Dan Campbell (1964-1972)

Dan CampbellIn 1964, Dan Campbell became the sixth minister and held the position for eight years (1964-1972). Campbell took over the portfolio from Wes Black. Black had managed the ministry along with two other portfolios; Campbell’s sole ministry was Municipal Affairs until 1966, when he was also charged with Social Welfare. Major changes occurred during his time at the ministry. In 1965, the government introduced instant towns legislation, which streamlined municipal incorporation and fostered the development of resource industry townships. Also in 1965, the government created regional districts; this legislation provided an updated framework for coordinating services and planning across wide areas. Another major achievement was the creation of the Municipal Finance Authority in 1970.

Campbell was elected as a Social Credit MLA for Comox in 1956. He held a seat in the legislature until the party’s defeat in 1972.  Before his election, Campbell was a teacher in Courtenay.  He finished his career working for the Province in intergovernmental affairs.  

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Sources

 
Bancroft, Wendy, et al. Union of British Columbia Municipalities: The First Century. Vancouver, B.C.: Granville Island Publishing, 2006.
 
British Columbia Archives.  "Dan Campbell".  Call number:  I-32433.
 
"Former Socred Minister Campbell Dies at Age 66.” The Vancouver Sun 7 Apr. 1992: B6