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Jack Heinrich (1982 - 1983)

Jack HeinrichJack Heinrich was the tenth Minister of Municipal Affairs (1982-1983; 1986). During his tenure the province's economy was in recession and the government enacted the Municipal Expenditure Restraint Act. This legislation empowered the minister to limit the expenditures of municipalities and regional districts. The government also amended the Revenue Sharing Act to authorize grants for certain infrastructure projects. Heinrich briefly returned to the portfolio in 1986 following the resignation of Bill Ritchie.

Heinrich served as the Social Credit MLA for the riding of Prince George North from 1979-1986. He held several cabinet positions, including Education, Forests, and Municipal Affairs. Prior to entering politics Heinrich was a commercial and real estate lawyer. He also served as a member of the Advisory Planning Commission and director of the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

In 1986, he was awarded the professional legal distinction of Queen’s Counsel by Attorney General Brian Smith.
 

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Sources

 
“B.C. grants tax flexibility to municipalities.” The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 19 May 1983: T13
 
British Columbia Archives.  "The Honourable John H. Heinrich, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Prince George North".  Call number: I-68884.
 
British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Report for the Year Ended December 31st, 1982. Victoria : Province of British Columbia, 1983.
 
“Ottawa Appoints 29 Lawyers as Queen's Counsels.” The Globe and Mail. (Toronto) 1 Jan 1986: A3
 
“Socred Former Minister Heinrich will Chair Expropriations Board.” The Vancouver Sun. 7 Aug 1987: A2