During the next few years in Opposition, the NDP witnessed the self-destruction of the Social Credit regime of William VANDER ZALM amid controversy and scandal. Harcourt worked to counter the public perception in the province that an NDP government would be anathema to business and economic stability. The NDP swept to power in October 1991 with 51 of 75 seats in the legislature, and Harcourt became the province's 30th premier on 5 Nov 1991.
Harcourt's government seemed immune to the scandals that plagued Ontario's NDP government under Bob RAE, and BC remained one of the few areas of economic growth in the country. Harcourt was able to achieve much of his legislative agenda until the Bingogate scandal erupted in 1994. Although Harcourt had no direct involvement in the scandal, he became the focus of public wrath, and under intense pressure he announced his resignation in November 1995.
Shortly after, Harcourt continued his interest in urban planning, basing his research studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and continuing to serve as a special advisor to the federal government in the area of urban sustainability, a position he held until 2004. In 2002 he sustained a serious back injury after a fall at his cottage. After months of therapy he made a near-full recovery, which he documented in his 2004 book Plan B: One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph. In 2009 he was chosen to lead UBC's new Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability as its associate director.
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Governor General's appointments to the Order of Canada
Scroll down the page and click on the links to brief biographical notes of recent appointees to the Order of Canada. Click on "Find a Recipient" on the left side of the page to find previous recipients. From the website for the Governor General of Canada.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...