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James (Jim) Lorimer (1972 - 1975)

Jim LorimerJim Lorimer was the seventh Minister of Municipal Affairs (1972-1975), and the first New Democrat to hold the position. His tenure was busy: changes were made to expand the funding limits of the Municipal Finance Authority; municipalities were offered a share of natural gas revenues; the BC Assessment Authority, Islands Trust and the Resort Municipality of Whistler were established; and major local amalgamations occurred in Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kelowna and Prince George.

Lorimer entered politics as a Burnaby city councillor in 1966. He later served as its MLA (1969-1975; 1979-1983). In addition to his responsibility at Municipal Affairs, Lorimer also served as the Minister of Commercial Transport.

In 2002, Lorimer received the Freedom of the Municipality of Burnaby distinction. The city also created Jim Lorimer Park in his honour.
 

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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.  "James Lorimer".  Call number: I-32517.
 
“James G. Lorimer”. Burnaby.ca. 22 May 2008. <http://www.city.burnaby.bc.ca/residents/about/hstryh/freeman/lorimer.html>