Born in Wartime, Saskatchewan, he served as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of National Defence during the first Gulf War, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of Labour in the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney. He was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on September 17, 1984. He is the Honorary Chief of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. A 36-acre (15 ha) parcel of commercial land in Saskatoon was named after McKnight by the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in recognition of his role in creating federal policy for Land Claims Settlements. It is known as the McKnight Commercial Centre.
McKnight testified on the first day of the Airbus Affair inquiry on 30 March 2009.
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Biography
- Bill McKnight – Parliament of Canada biography
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament from Kindersley—Lloydminster
|Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
|Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development