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Lyall Hanson (1989 - 1991)

Lyall HansonIn 1989, Lyall Hanson became the 13th Minister of Municipal Affairs (1989-1991). During his term in office, the government made legislative reforms designed to ensure stability in the areas of assessment and property tax. This included provisions authorizing a residential flat tax. The Province also introduced a Local Government Emergency Account to help communities cope with economic upheavals.

Hanson was the mayor of Vernon before moving to provincial politics. He represented the riding of Okanagan-Vernon between 1986 and 1996. In 1994, Hanson became the interim leader of the Social Credit Party—shortly after this change, however, he crossed the floor to join the fledgling BC Reform Party.

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