John Thomas Wolfe
|John (Jack) Thomas Wolfe|
|MLA for Assiniboia-Gravelbourg|
|Preceded by||Ralph Goodale|
|Succeeded by||Lewis Draper|
|Associate Minister of Health|
October 3, 1988 – November 27, 1990
|Minister of Urban Affairs|
November 27, 1990 – January 1, 1991
|Minister of Community Services|
January 1, 1991 – November 1, 1991
|Born||May 2, 1955
|Died||February 2, 1995
|Political party||Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan|
|Spouse(s)||Susan (Gail) Wolfe|
John (Jack) Thomas Wolfe (May 2, 1955 – February 2, 1995) was a community veterinarian before becoming a Canadian provincial politician. He was the Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the constituency of Assiniboia-Gravelbourg, from 1988 until 1991.
Wolfe was born in Rockglen, Saskatchewan on May 2, 1955, and was raised on the Wolfe family ranch within the Killdeer, Saskatchewan district west of Rockglen. He attended school at Killdeer before completing high school in Rockglen. He studied biology at the University of Saskatchewan and in 1979 he graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Wolfe practiced as a veterinarian in Alberta for one year before returning to his home in Rockglen, Saskatchewan, where he ran the Borderland Veterinary Clinic with his wife, Dr. Gail Snyder, whom he had married on January 26, 1980. Wolfe also worked as a veterinarian for the thoroughbred and standardbred racetracks in Regina and Saskatoon during the racing seasons for several years. He was extensively involved in community economic development projects and was chairman of the first Rural Development Corporation in the province.
Wolfe was elected in a by-election called to replace Liberal party leader and future federal Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, when Goodale retired from provincial politics to run in the 1988 federal election. He served a single term, and was defeated by Lewis Draper of the NDP in the 1991 general election.
- Associate Minister of Health - Oct 3, 1988 to Nov 27, 1990
- Minister of Urban Affairs - Nov 27, 1990 to Jan 1, 1991
- Minister of Community Services - Jan 1, 1991 to Nov 1, 1991
Wolfe died in the early hours of February 2, 1995 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The father of three—and soon to be four—back in his veterinary practice, was anguished at the prospect of being forced to testify against his old friends and ex-colleagues. When told in 1995 that he also potentially faced arrest (charges were never pressed), he shot himself. A former party worker says Jack was an innocent killed by a corrupt system. Jack's wife Gail says her husband's dream of public service was shattered.
He was cremated and buried at the Killdeer community cemetery, which happens to sit upon the site of the original Wolfe family homestead, from his grandfather's immigration, and also directly beside the former farmyard in which he spent his early years.