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2003/04 – 2005/06 REVISED SERVICE PLAN
Ministry of Competition, Science, and Enterprise

Photograph -- Honourable Rick Thorpe and Honourable Kevin Falcon.The Ministry of Competition, Science and Enterprise was created to develop and implement strategies to revitalize the economy and create a more competitive business climate in British Columbia. In Summer 2003, the Ministry's workforce was reorganized and our mandate more clearly focused to allow us to direct resources more effectively and better meet our goals and commitments.

Our goals are:

  • Improving our competitive position in the national and international economy;
  • Increasing economic development throughout British Columbia, particularly in the Heartlands; and
  • Marketing British Columbia as a preferred place to live, visit, invest and do business.

In the February 11, 2003 Throne Speech, Premier Gordon Campbell assigned this Ministry responsibility for driving the cross-government Heartlands Economic Strategy — a plan to restore and expand wealth generation and prosperity in all parts of the province and from all aspects of the land base.

Our Ministry is also leading the All-Seasons Resort Task Force, an inter-ministry initiative that will identify and eliminate barriers to resort creation and expansion in the Heartlands of British Columbia. There will be opportunities for input from local governments, First Nations groups, investors, resort owners, regional tourism authorities and tourism industry operators. Tourism is a nearly $10 billion sector of British Columbia's economy, and government is dedicated to helping the industry achieve every possible success.

On July 2, 2003, the International Olympic Committee announced it had selected British Columbia as the host for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, culminating the extensive work of the 2010 Bid team, a highly successful public-private partnership.

There could be no greater validation that British Columbia is now recognized as a place that gets things done, and one of the best places to live, work and visit. But the real work is just beginning and the initiatives we undertake as we prepare for the 2010 Winter Games will create jobs, strengthen regional economies, and establish our province as an economic leader, a global magnet for trade and investment, and a destination of choice for travelers from around the world.

We are encouraged by the strides the Ministry has taken to date, and will continue to improve on this progress in years to come.

We are pleased to present the details of our Ministry's reorganized structure in this revised service plan for 2003/04 – 2005/06.

Honourable Rick Thorpe
Minister of Competition, Science and Enterprise

Honourable Kevin Falcon
Minister of State for Deregulation


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