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- J.M. Cuelenaere
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John Marcel Cuelenaere was born at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan on September 9, 1910 to Emil and Marie (Pirart) Cuelenaere. He attended high school in Leask and Campion College in Regina. Cuelenaere earned Bachelor of Arts (1931) and Bachelor of Laws (1933) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.
Cuelenaere articled with John G. Diefenbaker in Prince Albert and was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1935. He practiced with Diefenbaker in the firm Diefenbaker and Cuelenaere and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1947. Cuelenaere was a member of the Canadian Bar Association and a Bencher of the Saskatchewan Law Society. He also served as an alderman and mayor (1946-1954) of the City of Prince Albert. Cuelenaere was an executive member of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and a director of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities. He was a member of the University of Saskatchewan Senate (1953-1956) and a director of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce.
Cuelenaere's political career began in 1964, when he was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as the Liberal member for the Shellbrook constituency. Cuelenaere also served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister of Natural Resources (1964-1966). In 1966, he resigned his ministerial post and became a minister without portfolio. He remained in his seat until his death on February 12, 1967.
Cuelenaere did not marry or have children.
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