Dick Collver

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Dick Collver
Leader of the Opposition
In office
Preceded by Ted Malone
Succeeded by Eric Berntson
MLA for Nipawin
In office
1975 – 1982
Preceded by John Comer
Succeeded by Lloyd Sauder
Personal details
Born ( 1936-02-13) February 13, 1936 (age 78)
Political party Progressive Conservative, Unionest Party
Profession Accountant

Richard Lee "Dick" Collver[1] (born in Toronto on February 13, 1936) led the Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative (PC) Party from 1973 to 1978.

He earned an arts degree in economics from the University of Alberta, and articled as an accountant for Price Waterhouse in Calgary before moving to Saskatchewan in 1965. He was defeated in a run for the Saskatoon mayoralty, but attracted the attention of the then-moribund Saskatchewan PC Party, and gained its leadership in 1973. The party under Collver began its road to revitalization, and won seven seats with over 28% of the vote in the 1975 election. They became the official opposition after winning two by-elections and convincing two Liberal Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), including Colin Thatcher, to defect to the PCs.

Though Collver's Tories won 38% of the vote and 17 MLAs in the 1978 election, Collver was disappointed with the result, feeling convinced he was going to win the election. He resigned the leadership, and formed the Unionest Party in 1980, which advocated the joining of Saskatchewan and other western provinces to the United States. The party soon folded, and Collver retired to a ranch he purchased in Wickenberg, Arizona.

Collver briefly returned to Saskatchewan in 1984, to testify against Colin Thatcher in the trial that convicted him of the murder of his ex-wife Joanne Wilson. Collver alleged that Thatcher, in a visit to Collver's ranch in Arizona, approached him for help in the search for a hit-man to kill Wilson.

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  1. ^ SaskArchives, p. 2-14.62