|dc.description.abstract||The settlers who came to Regina in the 1880's thought of
themselves as Central Canadians involved in westward expansion. Left by
the Dominion Government, C.P.R. and C.N.W.L.C.to fend for themselves,
however, they were soon cast adrift of this romantic notion, and
developed municipal government as a means to control their own destiny.
In the process, these influential pioneers shaped municipal institutions
throughout the North-West Territories.
Regina's unique municipal evolution continued to influence the
forms and powers of civic governments, though this lessened with the
coming of prosperity and the dramatic urban growth which accompanied it.
After 1913, Regina's civic government again played a leading role
in the development of municipal institutions, establishing a powerful
Commission form of government and an effective civic administration. By
1920, Regina was a leading influence in the development and practices of