|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and
Message from the Minister of State for Community Charter and 2010
Winter Olympic Bid
As Minister of State responsible, it is an honour to once again
include an update on the Community Charter and the 2010 Winter Olympic
Games and Paralympic Games bid. These two exciting portfolios complement
our commitment to the economic renewal of British Columbia.
This year, we made fundamental progress in bringing the Community
Charter forward as legislation. The Community Charter is the most
empowering local government legislation in Canada. As such, after
the draft Charter was introduced, the consultation period was extended
to give the submissions from the community at large the accordance
they deserved. The resultant legislation is a balance of greater
autonomy for municipalities, more accountability to the public and
protection of interests of all British Columbians.
We continue to build on the spirit and excitement of the 2010 Winter
Olympic Games and Paralympic Games bid. A technically superior,
and I believe, winning bid was submitted to the International Olympic
Committee. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will
be an unparalleled economic development opportunity for our province.
The games will also allow us to fulfill commitments to physical
fitness and sports participation through building lasting legacies
with programs, which include LegaciesNow and the Olympic Arts Fund.
I am confident in British Columbia's ability to go for the gold.
Honourable Ted Nebbeling
Minister of State for Community Charter and 2010 Olympic Bid