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Roderick Charles MacDonald (1945-1952)

Roderick Charles MacDonaldR.C. MacDonald was the third Minister of Municipal Affairs (1945-1952). In 1947, Premier John Hart established the Goldenberg Commission to study provincial-municipal relations. The Commission's recommendations included greater provincial investment in municipal infrastructure and services, and regulation of unorganized areas adjacent to municipalities. The government responded by creating a provincial health insurance system, establishing regional planning boards, and adding a planning department to the ministry.

Prior to entering provincial politics, Macdonald was the reeve (mayor) of Coquitlam (1924-1941) and a president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. He was elected as a Conservative for the riding of Dewdney and was twice re-elected as a Coalition MLA. His cabinet portfolios included Mines and Municipal Affairs.

Coquitlam’s R.C. Macdonald Elementary School is named 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.
 
Chadwick, Narissa Ann. Regional Planning in British Columbia: 50 Years of Vision, Process and Practice. Diss. University of British Columbia, 2002.
 
Goldenberg, Carl H. Provincial–Municipal Relations in British Columbia: Report of the Commissioner H. Carl Goldenberg. Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1947.