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Michael Harcourt

Michael Franklin Harcourt
30th Premier of British Columbia
In office
November 5, 1991 – February 22, 1996
Preceded by Rita Johnston
Succeeded by Glen Clark
Personal details
Born (1943-01-06) January 6, 1943 (age 71)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party British Columbia New Democratic Party

Michael Franklin Harcourt (born January 6, 1943) served as the 30th Premier of the province of British Columbia in Canada from 1991 to 1996, and before that as the 34th mayor of BC's major city, Vancouver from 1980 to 1986.

Harcourt was student council president at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and studied at the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. Harcourt served as a Vancouver alderman from 1973 to 1980, and as Mayor of Vancouver from 1980 to 1986. As mayor, his term in office was dominated by planning for Expo 86, an event that saw many new developments come to the city.

He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in the 1986 British Columbia provincial election. He became the leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Leader of the Official Opposition in the following year. He was considered to be a moderate within the ranks of his social democratic party.

In the 1991 provincial election, Harcourt led the NDP back to power, defeating the Social Credit party led by Rita Johnston. This marked the second time that the NDP had ever been in power in BC, and the first since 1975.

Harcourt resigned as premier in February 1996 as the result of "Bingogate", a scandal in which an NDP member, David Stupich, used money raised by a charity bingo to fund the party. While Harcourt had nothing to do with the scandal, he took political responsibility for it. He was succeeded as Premier of B.C. by Glen Clark, who also ended up resigning as the result of another scandal.[1]

After serving as premier, Harcourt became associated with the University of British Columbia. He was involved in research relating to sustainable development and cities.

He was severely injured in a near-fatal fall at his cottage[2][3] on Pender Island in November 2002, which resulted in a severe spinal-cord injury. The former Premier received a widespread outpouring of sympathy and support from his fellow British Columbians and his rapid recovery astonished doctors. He spent several months at the world-renowned facility GF Strong. He later published a book about his ordeal, called Plan B.

He was named as a special advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin on cities on December 12, 2003.

His latest book, City Making in Paradise, was released in August 2007.

In November 2007, he received an honorary doctoral degree in Law (LL.D) from UBC. In February 2009 he was appointed associate director of the new UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability, where he will contribute to the development of educational programs that emphasize practical knowledge in tackling climate change and other sustainability issues.[4]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Skelly
Leader of the Opposition in the British Columbia Legislature
Succeeded by
Gordon Wilson
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