List of premiers of Saskatchewan

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Brad Wall is the current premier of Saskatchewan.

This is a list of the premiers of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, since it was formed in 1905. Saskatchewan uses a unicameral Westminster-style parliamentary government, in which the premier is the leader of the party that controls the most seats in the Legislative Assembly. The premier, sometimes called the prime, or first, minister, is Saskatchewan's head of government, while the Queen of Canada is its head of state and is represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. The premier chooses a "cabinet" from the elected members to form the Executive Council of Saskatchewan, and presides over that body.

Members are first elected to the legislature during general elections. General elections must be conducted every five years from the date of the last election, but the premier may ask for early dissolution of the legislative assembly. An election may also happen if the Governing party loses the confidence of the legislature, by the defeat of a supply bill or tabling of a confidence motion.

Prior to 1905, Saskatchewan was part of the North-West Territories and was governed by the Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories from 1870 until 1897, and the Premier of the North-West Territories from 1897 to 1905.

List of Premiers[edit]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
District[1]
Term of office[2][3] Electoral mandates (Assembly) Political party


Premiers of the North-West Territories[edit]

1
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Sir Frederick W. A. G. Haultain
(1857–1942)
MLA for Macleod
7 October 1897

1 September 1905
Liberal-Conservative Party
Named leader in 1897


Premiers of Saskatchewan[edit]

1
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Thomas Walter Scott
(1867–1938)
MLA for Lumsden (until 1908)
MLA for Swift Current (from 1908)
12 September 1905

20 October 1916
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1905


2
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William Melville Martin
(1876–1970)
MLA for Regina City (until 1921)
MLA for Regina City #1 (from 1921)
20 October 1916

5 April 1922
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1916


Until 20 October 1917 was the only premier to not be the President of the Executive Council (he was the Minister of Education and J. A. Calder was President of the Executive Council)[4]
3
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Charles Avery Dunning
(1885–1958)
MLA for Moose Jaw County
5 April 1922

26 February 1926
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1922


4
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James G. Gardiner
(1883–1962)
MLA for North Qu'Appelle
26 February 1926

9 September 1929
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1926


5
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James Thomas Milton Anderson
(1878–1946)
MLA for Saskatoon City #1
9 September 1929

19 July 1934
Conservative Party of Saskatchewan
Named leader in 1924


4
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James Garfield Gardiner
(1883–1962)
MLA for Melville
19 July 1934

1 November 1935
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1926


6
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William John Patterson
(1886–1976)
MLA for Cannington
1 November 1935

10 July 1944
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1935


First Premier born in Saskatchewan.[5]
7
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Tommy Douglas
(1904–1986)
MLA for Weyburn
10 July 1944

7 November 1961
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
Named leader in 1942


8
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Woodrow Lloyd
(1913–1972)
MLA for Biggar
7 November 1961

22 May 1964
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
Named leader in 1961


9
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W. Ross Thatcher
(1917–1971)
MLA for Morse
22 May 1964

30 June 1971
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Named leader in 1959


10
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Allan Blakeney
(1925–2011)
MLA for Regina Centre (until 1975)
MLA for Regina Elphinstone (from 1975)
30 June 1971

8 May 1982
Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
Named leader in 1970


11
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Grant Devine
(b. 1944)
MLA for Estevan
8 May 1982

1 November 1991
Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan
Named leader in 1979


12
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Roy Romanow
(b. 1939)
MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale
1 November 1991

8 February 2001
Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
Named leader in 1987


13
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Lorne Calvert
(b. 1952)
MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale
8 February 2001

21 November 2007
Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
Named leader in 2001


14
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Brad Wall
(b. 1965)
MLA for Swift Current
21 November 2007

Saskatchewan Party
Named leader in 2004


^Co. Coalition government
^Min. Minority government

Living former premiers[edit]

As of May 2015, three former premiers are alive, the oldest being Roy Romanow (1991–2001, born 1939). The most recently serving former premier to die was Allan Blakeney (1971–1982), on April 16, 2011.

Name Term Date of birth
Grant Devine 1982–1991 (1944-07-05) July 5, 1944 (age 72)
Roy Romanow 1991–2001 (1939-08-12) August 12, 1939 (age 76)
Lorne Calvert 2001–2007 (1952-12-24) December 24, 1952 (age 63)

Timeline[edit]

Brad Wall Lorne Calvert Roy Romanow Grant Devine Allan Blakeney W. Ross Thatcher Woodrow S. Lloyd Tommy Douglas William J. Patterson James G. Gardiner James T. M. Anderson James G. Gardiner Charles A. Dunning William M. Martin Thomas Walter Scott

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saskatchewan Archives Board. "Saskatchewan Membership to the Legislatures" (PDF). Saskatchewan Executive and Legislative Directory. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  2. ^ Legislative Assembly of Alberta. "The Office of Premier". Exact Periods of Service. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  3. ^ Saskatchewan Archives Board. "Ministries" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  4. ^ Saskatchewan Premiers
  5. ^ See article on William John Patterson at the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.