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as an assistant to Ron Basford, a Cabinet minister from B.C. Tex played a significant
role in Basford’s activist agenda in Consumer Affairs and later
Urban Affairs. Together they shepherded bills through Parliament with
national impact, such as the changes to the Weights and Measures Act that
brought the metric system to consumers in Canada. In the midst of an election
campaign, Tex found the way for Basford to fund the federal takeover
of Granville Island to begin the transition to its iconic stature today, and he
found the key in the National Harbours Board authority to block a deeply
unpopular proposed development at the entrance to Stanley Park.
After leaving Basford’s office, Tex completed his articles in Vancouver at
Davis and Company and then returned to Ottawa as vice president and partner
in a government relations firm. However, he was soon back to being
directly involved in public policy when he was recruited by Rafe Mair to be
his deputy minister in the B.C. government’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
Once again paired up with an activist minister, Tex was busy making
change. While working together for two years Tex and Mair steered 22 bills
through the provincial legislature and made significant impacts on landlord
and tenant relations and on the conditions of alcohol consumption in
British Columbia. John Schreiner, the noted B.C. wine writer, wrote after
Tex’s death that “wine drinkers in British Columbia owe a great deal to Tex
Enemark”. Cheers to that!
In later years, after a stint as president of the Mining Association of
British Columbia, Tex was a consultant to both levels of government and to
those who dealt with governments on issues ranging from municipal taxation
to ports to Indigenous relations. A keen student of history and government,
he would often bring to bear historical underpinnings or precedents
to make his points. His memory was such that he could often call to mind
significant moments in history for any given day.
Outside of his work life he had great passions for cars and scuba diving.
He claimed to have owned 50 cars in his lifetime, “one of which was bought
new”. And he loved driving them: he had driven all over North America and
much of Europe and in his youth thought nothing of driving round trip to
attend a Liberal convention in Ottawa (once returning with his father as codriver
in 54 hours).
After taking up scuba diving in his middle years he claimed to have made
over 1,700 underwater dives. Tex became a founding member of the Artificial
Reef Society of British Columbia and served as its president for a number
of years. He used his extensive experience and his many contacts in
government to persuade Ottawa to allow the group to sink the decommissioned
warship HMCS Chaudière to be used as an attraction for scuba diving