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Murray Coell (2004 - 2005)

Murray CoellIn 2004, Murray Coell became the 24th minister (2004-2005). During Coell’s tenure, the government made new fiscal commitments to local governments: small community and regional district grants were doubled, and the Province agreed to return 100 percent of traffic-fine revenues to communities in support of crime-prevention initiatives. As minister, Coell also signed the New Deal for Cities and Communities with the federal government and UBCM; British Columbia was the first province to sign the New Deal, which directs federal gas tax revenue to local governments. As well, Coell presided over a number of specific amendments to local government statutes, including fine tuning some development finance provisions and rationalizing water supply service in the Nanaimo region.

Coell held several local positions before entering provincial politics. He was a councillor and mayor of Saanich, chair of the Capital Regional District, and deputy chair of the Municipal Finance Authority. Coell was elected as the Liberal MLA for Saanich North and the Islands in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009. He has served as the Minister of Advanced Education; Minister Responsible for Research and Technology; Minister of Human Resources; Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services; and Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. In June 2009, he became the Province's Minister of Labour.

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