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Gordon Samuel MacMurchy was born near Semans, Saskatchewan in 1926 to Edward Gordon MacMurchy and Laura Geiger. He was raised on the family farm.
MacMurchy developed an early interest in party politics, first with the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and later the New Democratic Party (NDP). Although an unsuccessful candidate for the Last Mountain constituency in the General Election of 1967, MacMurchy was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for that constituency in the General Election of June 1971, and was re-elected in Last Mountain-Touchwood constituency in June 1975 and October 1978. His constituents included the First Nations of Gordon, Day Star and Kawacatoose. MacMurchy served the Last Mountain-Touchwood constituency until his defeat by Arnold Tusa in the General Election of April 1982. He ran again unsuccessfully in October 1986.
Serving in the Allan Blakeney Government, MacMurchy held numerous portfolios between 1971 and 1982 as Minister of Education (June 1971-November 1975); Minister of Continuing Education (April 1972-November 1975); Minister of Municipal Affairs (July 1975-June 1979); and Minister of Agriculture (June 1979-May 1982). As Minister of Education MacMurchy achieved the establishment of physical education as a core-curricular subject in schools, teacher collective bargaining, and publicly-supported rural kindergartens. As Minister of Agriculture he introduced provincially-owned grain hopper cars, beef stabilization and the FarmLab programme between farmers and the University of Saskatchewan. MacMurchy also served as Deputy House Leader and Minister Responsible for: Housing, the Transportation Agency and Indian Affairs.
MacMurchy was active throughout his life in sports and in educational, municipal and co-operative organizations. Playing competitive hockey and baseball provincially in his youth, he continued in later years as a baseball umpire and hockey coach. In 1969 he received the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Trophy for service to minor hockey, and in 1989 was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. He received a Special Merit Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
At the municipal level, MacMurchy served as chair of Govan School Unit, chair of the Govan Museum Board, Mayor of Semans (1982-1997), trustee for local hospital districts and chair of the Living Sky Health District (1982-2002). He also founded the Family Farm Foundation in 1982. He was a leader in the Semans United Church.
MacMurchy received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in October 1999 and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005.
Gordon MacMurchy married Jean Neff on September 7, 1949. They had four children: Donald, Gordon, Mark and Joyce.
MacMurchy died in Nokomis, Saskatchewan on April 20th, 2005.
See also: Everett Wood, Minister of Municipal Affairs, 1971-1975.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Gordon MacMurchy between 1971 and 1982 during his terms as Minister of Education, Minister of Continuing Education, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Agriculture in the Saskatchewan government of Allan Blakeney. Also included are legal opinions concerning legislation in the 1972-1973 period and speeches delivered during his political career.
The types of records included are correspondence, reports, briefing papers, addresses, clippings, departmental and agency communications, case studies, legal opinions, legislation, committee minutes, speeches and cabinet material. Zoning, constituency and grid road maps are also found in the fonds.
Public and private records are contained in the speech material.
No series have been identified in the fonds.
Additional records created by MacMurchy while Minister of Education and Minister of Continuing Education are also located in F160 Edwin Laurence Tchorzewski fonds.
This fonds also includes records created by Everett Wood while Minister of Municipal Affairs (1971-1975). These records are interfiled with MacMurchy's records for the later period.