LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HISTORY

Biographies and Stories  
  Biographies and Stories


Bill Vander Zalm (1978 - 1982)

Bill Vander ZalmIn 1978, Bill Vander Zalm became the ninth minister of Municipal Affairs (1978-1982). During his four years as minister, the ministry assumed responsibility for improvement districts (which had previously been administered by the ministry of Environment) and relinquished control over housing and transportation. The ministry also established the Downtown Revitalization Program, oversaw the incorporation of Tumbler Ridge (which represented a new approach to “instant town” planning and development), consolidated building regulations, and amended local government election rules (including permitting tenant-occupiers to vote in municipal elections).

Vander Zalm began his political career as a city councillor in Surrey (1965-1968) and later became the municipality’s mayor (1969-1975). He was elected as its Social Credit MLA in 1975 and held several cabinet portfolios, including Human Resources, Municipal Affairs, and Education. In 1986, Vander Zalm assumed the leadership of the Social Credit Party. He led the party to an election victory later that year, and served as the Premier of British Columbia from 1986-1991.
 

<< Hugh Curtis - Jack Heinrich >>
Back to Minister Page

 


Sources

 
Bancroft, Wendy, et al. Union of British Columbia Municipalities: The First Century. Vancouver, B.C.: Granville Island Publishing, 2006.
 
British Columbia Archives.  "William Vander Zalm".  Call number: I-32608.
 
British Columbia Department of Municipal Affairs. Municipal Affairs Annual Reports 1971-1979. Victoria : Province of British Columbia, (n.d).
 
British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Report for the Year Ended December 31st, 1980. Victoria : Province of British Columbia, 1981.
 
British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Report for the Year Ended December 31st, 1981. Victoria : Province of British Columbia, 1982. 
 
Roy, Patricia E. “Vander Zalm, Wilhelmus Nicholaas Theodore Marie”. The Canadian Encyclopaedia. 23 May 2008 <http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008312>