Series GR-1736 - Commissioner Inquiry into the Coquihalla and related highway projects

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Commissioner Inquiry into the Coquihalla and related highway projects

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  • 1987 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Commissioner Inquiry into the Coquihalla and Related Highway Projects [1987]

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7.8 m of textual records and 8 maps

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Appointed by Order in Council no. 1546, July 31, 1987, amended by Order in Council no. 1956, September 28, 1987 and Order in Council no. 2235, November 5, 1987. Final report Dec. 21, 1987. Commissioner: Douglas L. MacKay.

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The series consists of the records created by the Commissioner Inquiry into Coquihalla highway construction costs in 1987. Douglas L. MacKay, a professional engineer, was appointed Commissioner through OIC 1546/1987 to compare the estimates and costs of the Coquihalla Highway; to find reasons and justification for differences between estimates and costs; to examine other recent highway projects where costs may have differed from estimates; to investigate the procedures for costing, administering, and reporting highway projects; and to make recommendations. The Commissioner concluded that the Legislature and the public were deliberately misled about the cost of the Coquihalla Highway Project. The true costs were disguised by falsifying documents and expense account transfers.

The series includes interviews with officials; proceedings and exhibits; briefs and submissions from government, opposition, unions and others; research consultants' files, secretary's files, and reports. It also includes printouts from the Commission Secretary's WP discs which may overlap with some of the files.

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Transferred to Provincial Archives by Commission Secretary, Irwin Henderson, December 1987.


8 maps were removed from the records in 1988 and re-accessioned by the Map Division as M91-009. See file list for details.

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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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The Commissioner's report was published. Copies are available in the BC Archives library: NW 971.42 B862cq and NW 354.7110 B862 1987.

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Accession number(s): G87-103, M91-009

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An additional box of material, which consists of printouts from the Commission Secretary's WP discs, was delivered to the Archives after the original records had been processed. These records were located in 2018 and added to the records as box 25. There may be overlap between the printouts and records already in the files.

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