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“Go back to the capital and stay there”: the mining industry’s resistance to regulatory reform in British Columbia 1972-2005

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dc.contributor.author Addie, Sean C.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-19T15:48:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-01-19
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8988
dc.description.abstract The Barrett (1972-1975) and Harcourt-Clark (1991-2001) New Democratic Party (NDP) governments attempted to redefine their relationship with the mining industry by changing the regulatory structures that governed mining in British Columbia. In both cases the mining industry publicly resisted these attempts, and was successful in having the reforms dismantled by subsequent free-enterprise oriented governments. These instances of conflict were centred on a foundational debate over government’s role in, and/or duty to, the mining industry. Intense industry-led resistance occurred when the traditional industry-government compact, which required government to serve as a promoter of the industry, and a liquidator of Crown owned mineral resources, was perceived to have been violated. The Barrett government more stringently asserted its ownership of public mineral resources through the enactment of a mineral royalty, and by assuming greater regulatory authority over mining operations. These actions instigated a substantial public relations campaign against the Barrett government over taxation laws. The Harcourt-Clark government pursued the development of strategic land-use plans and rejected the historic consensus that mining was innately the highest and best use of the land. This led to substantial anti-government rhetoric and an industry withdrawal from all public engagement and land-use planning processes. In both cases the mining industry was able to revive the traditional relationship when free-enterprise oriented governments replaced the NDP administrations. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject NDP en_US
dc.subject New Democratic Party en_US
dc.subject Social Credit Party en_US
dc.subject Socred en_US
dc.subject MABC en_US
dc.subject Mining Association of British Columbia en_US
dc.subject BCYCM en_US
dc.subject British COlumbia and Yukon Chamber of Mines en_US
dc.subject AMEBC en_US
dc.subject LUP en_US
dc.subject Land use planning en_US
dc.subject land-use planning en_US
dc.subject windy craggy en_US
dc.subject Commision on Resources and Environment en_US
dc.subject LRMP en_US
dc.subject land and resource management Plan en_US
dc.subject strathcona park en_US
dc.subject MRA en_US
dc.subject Mineral Royalties Act en_US
dc.subject Bill 31 en_US
dc.subject Mining en_US
dc.subject minerals en_US
dc.subject war in the woods en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject leo nimsick en_US
dc.subject dave barrett en_US
dc.subject tom waterland en_US
dc.title “Go back to the capital and stay there”: the mining industry’s resistance to regulatory reform in British Columbia 1972-2005 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rajala, Richard
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2018-12-15


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