Series S530 - Transcripts of Governmental Review Commission proceedings

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Transcripts of Governmental Review Commission proceedings

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  • Variations in title: Formerly titled as 'Transcripts of proceedings'

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0.13 m of textual records

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The Governmental Review Commission was appointed by City Council on 23 Apr. 1979 to:

  • consider the merits of the "at-large" electoral system as well as some form of a ward system for Vancouver, and the implications that may be involved, including consideration of the plebiscite results in 1973 and 1978;
  • if a ward system was recommended, to consider the elements of a ward system (number of wards, ward boundaries, etc.); and
  • to make recommendations on the foregoing, as well as on the size of Council, the length of the term of office of Council members and frequency of elections, as well as qualifications for candidacy, and role and powers of the Mayor and Council.

The Commission was formed as a result of the 15 Nov. 1978 election when 51.7 percent of voters voted for the ward system. The members of the Commission were: Judge L. S. Eckardt (chairman), Dr. Robert M. Clark (Vice Chairman), Dr. Roy D. Bell, Mr. Alan F. Campney, and Dr. Edward McWhinney (QC).

The Commission held public meetings throughout Vancouver to receive the opinion of the citizens of Vancouver on the subject of electoral systems, governmental reform, and the general shape of City government into the 1980s and beyond.

The Commission issued its final report in Nov. 1979 (15-G-6 file 8) which put foward 26 recommendations (pages 40-42), including that a ward system be implemented for election to Council, the Park Board, and the School Board.

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Official custodian was the Office of the City Clerk

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Series consists of original typed transcripts of Hearings no. 1-12 and 17-18 (which include handwritten corrections), relating to the expertise and opinions of a full range of community and individual represention on the question of electoral reform and consideration of the ward system. Arranged in hearing number order, i.e. chronologically by date of hearing.

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For other records of the Governmental Review Commission see series 527, 528 and 529.

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