Burton, John Stratford, 1927-

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John Stratford Burton was born on November 27, 1927 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Marjorie (Colpitts) Burton. He was raised on the family farm in the Humboldt district and received his early education at Burton Lake School and Humboldt High School. Burton earned Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1951. He took graduate studies at the London School of Economics and at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus.

Burton acquired membership to the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) in 1941. He served as National Secretary of the University CCF Clubs (1949); Saskatchewan President of the CCF Youth (1950-1952); National President of the CCF Youth (1954-1956) and on the provincial and national councils of the CCF.

Burton was an unsuccessful candidate in federal elections in the Melville electoral district in 1957, 1958 and 1962, and in the Regina City electoral district in 1965. He was elected as the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for the Regina East electoral district in 1968 and served as such until his defeat in the 1972 federal election. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for Regina East in the 1976 federal election. Burton served as federal vice-president of the NDP from 1971 to 1975.

From 1952 to 1968, Burton was employed by the Government of Saskatchewan as an economist. He was a member of the Economic Advisory and Planning Board of the Saskatchewan Government; Research Director, Office of the Leader of the Opposition from 1964 to 1968; and as part of the Planning and Research branch of the Office of Executive Council in the mid-1970s. In 1977, Burton was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism and Renewable Resources. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in its infancy.

In 1981, Burton was appointed executive director of the Transportation Agency of Saskatchewan.

Burton was an unsuccessful candidate in the Wascana electoral district in the 1997 federal election.

Burton earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Regina in June 2005. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal on September 26, 2005.

Burton currently (2010) resides in Regina.

Burton married Zenovia Oksanna (Zenny) Wiwchar on November 21, 1959. They have three children: Christine, Mark and James.

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