Joseph Lee Phelps

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Joseph Lee Phelps
MLA for Saltcoats
In office
Preceded by riding reconstituted
Succeeded by Asmundur Loptson
Minister of Natural Resources and Industrial Development
In office
Personal details
Born August 12, 1899
Belleville, Ontario
Died March 15, 1983(1983-03-15) (aged 83)
Political party Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
Profession farmer

Joseph Lee "Joe" Phelps (August 12, 1899[1] – March 15, 1983[2]) was a farmer and political figure in Saskatchewan. He represented Saltcoats from 1938 to 1948 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member.

He was born in Belleville, Ontario and came west with his family in 1908, settling on a homestead near Wilkie, Saskatchewan. In 1918, he became a district director for the Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association. In 1928, he participated in the convention where the United Farmers of Canada was formed. Phelps was a founding member of the Farmer-Labour party. He served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources and Industrial Development. Phelps was defeated when he ran for reelection to the assembly in 1948. In 1949, he helped rebuild the United Farmers of Canada into the Saskatchewan Farmers Union,[1] serving as its president from 1949 to 1954.[3]

Phelps helped establish the Western Development Museum, as well as museums in Yorkton, Saskatoon and North Battleford.[4]

In 1982, he was named to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Joseph Lee Phelps". Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Deaths". Phoenix. Saskatoon. March 17, 1983. p. 28. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  3. ^ Quiring, Brett. "Phelps, Joseph (1899–1983)". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Belated tribute to Joe Phelps". Leader-Post. Regina. March 25, 1983. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-05-10.