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Bill Ritchie (1983 - 1986)

Bill RitchieIn 1983, William Ritchie became the 11th Minister of Municipal Affairs (1983-1986). Soon after his appointment, a controversial decision was made to eliminate regional planning. The government argued that such a decision would streamline development regulations, reduce bureaucracy, and empower municipalities. The Opposition and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities were concerned that the result would be uncoordinated and inefficient regional growth. Ritchie also led the establishment of the Provincial-Municipal Partnership Program, which authorized partnership agreements with municipalities in order to provide tax relief to local industries. He also introduced a variable-rate system of property taxes.

Prior to entering politics, Ritchie operated an agricultural business and was a member of the land commission. In 1979, he was elected as the Social Credit MLA for Central Fraser Valley. He was re-elected in 1983, and later sought the leadership of the Social Credit Party.
 

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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, Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Annual Report: 1983. Victoria: Province of British Columbia, 1984.
 
British Columbia, Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Annual Report: 1985-86. Victoria: Province of British Columbia, 1987.
 
Persky, Stan. Bennett II: The Decline and Stumbling of Social Credit Government in British Columbia, 1979-83. Vancouver : New Star Books, 1983.
 
Richie, William. “Municipal Amendment Act, 1983”. In BC Legislative Assembly Legislative Debates (Hansard). 33rd Parliament. 1st Session. 25 July 1983 19 June 2008  <http://142.36.155.4/hansard/33rd1st/33p_01s_830725p.htm>