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Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC BC government ministersA visit to Victoria is never quite complete without a tour of the Parliament Buildings, stately and steeped in history. Watch this page for more details on those who carry out the duties and responsibilities of government, as we profile the Ministers and provide an insight into the various ministries, departments and crown corporations. The Parliament Buildings, site of the provincial government were constructed in 1897. From the time the buildings were first opened, the facade's outline was illuminated by more than 3,300 small light bulbs fixed along the corners of the walls, a feature that has contributed to its landmark status.

Ministry, Crown Corporation and Agency Profiles
to come, with links to this page.

In 1973, restoration work began that would extend from the foundations to the statue of Captain George Vancouver on top of the central dome. Stained glass windows were repaired. Moldings, light fixtures, and door knobs were made to replicate the originals, and mosaic tiles and ornate plaster work were restored. After 10 years of work, the buildings were restored to their earlier magnificence. Guided tours of the buildings are in groups and without charge. Large groups must phone ahead. For more details:

Meet BC's new Progress Board

Victoria_capital domeThe British Columbia Provincial Government "Watchdogs" were selected in July, 2001, and this select group includes some persons we have interviewed or profiled previously in our magazines.

DAVID EMERSON, CHAIRMAN: We profiled David Emerson in 1996 when he was President and CEO of Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR). The government recently appointed David Emerson as the new chair of the board of the BC Ferry Corporation, replacing Michael Francis. Emerson who has held positions such as CEO of Vancouver International Airport Authority and deputy minister to the premier, sits on the board of BC Gas Inc., Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Co of Canada, and is chairman of the Forest Products Association of Canada. David Emerson has also recently be appointed as chair of the BC Progress Board, a volunteer panel of senior business executives that establishes benchmarks for the provincial economy.

HERMAN DRIEDIGER: We interviewed Mr. Driediger in 2001 as Chairman of the Abbotsford Airport Authority and for a major feature on Agriculture in BC. He is CEO of Eze Rent-it Centre Ltd., an equipment rental company, and has also worked in banking, the livestock feed industry, livestock production and commercial construction. Driediger has served with a variety of agricultural organizations, associations, policy advisory boards and task forces. Now living in Abbotsford, he is a past president of the B.C. Egg Producers Association and the Abbotsford-Matsqui Chamber of Commerce.

PAT CORBETT: We had the privilege of meeting Mr. Corbett when he was first developing his Cariboo property. Pat Corbett is president of the the Hills Health Ranch and related companies, including a national distribution company, near 100 Mile House. Corbett started the Hills Health Ranch in 1983, together with his wife, after a career in building construction, land development and real estate.

JIM PATTISON: Our publishers have worked with and profiled Mr. Pattison's companies for many years. Jim Pattison is chairman, chief executive officer and sole owner of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada's third-largest privately held company. The Jim Pattison Group has more than 24,000 employees, annual sales of $5 billion and assets totalling more than $3 billion. With investments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia, the Jim Pattison Group is involved in a wide variety of industries including food services, packaging, manufacturing, communications, entertainment, transportation and export services.

For other members of this group see "Watchdogs" page.



For more information on touring in and around Victoria and the Islands, visit Tourism Victoria's Visitor Info Centre (open seven days a week): 812 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 (located at the Inner Harbour)

Tel: (250) 953-2033 , Fax: (250) 382-6539 for general information.
Call 1-800-663-3883 for accommodation reservations.

Photos by Tourism Victoria, Tourism British Columbia and BC Scene Archives.

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