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The Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture (MSBTC), now the Ministry of Competition, Science and Business, is one of the smallest ministries in British Columbia. It was set up to structure relations between the business community and government administration. One unique feature of this project, and a key to its success, was precisely the fact that this tiny ministry was not perceived as a threat by the others. It could scarcely be accused of "bureaucratic imperialism". In other words, MSBTC had nothing to gain from the venture. Its officials saw their role as basically that of legal counsel, or representatives of small business within the government. Their aim was to make life easier for small business in a province where it was hard to create jobs. Everyone interviewed gave them credit for OSBR's success.