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Grant Jacob Schmidt was born on July 21, 1948 at Balcarres, Saskatchewan to George Schmidt and Helen Banerd. He grew up in Neudorf, Duff and Melville where his father worked as an agent for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Schmidt graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1972.
Schmidt articled in Melville with Dielschneider and Rathgaber (1972-1973) and practiced law in partnership with Rathgaber & Schmidt (1973-1985) and with Schmidt & Graff (1985-1986). First elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the General Election of 1982, Schmidt served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Melville constituency until 1991.
Schmidt served in the Grant Devine Government as Minister of Labour (1985-1987); Minister of Social Services (1986-1989); Minister of Human Resources, Labour & Employment (1987-1991); Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs (1989-1990); Minster of Economic Diversification and Trade (1990-1991)*; Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1991); and Provincial Secretary (1991). Schmidt served as Minister Responsible for the following portfolios: Women's Secretariat (1986-1987); Labour Relations Board (1985-1990); Workers' Compensation Board (1985-1990); Employment Development Agency (1986-1987); Indian and Native Affairs Secretariat (1987); Saskatchewan Gaming Commission (1989-1990) as well as numerous other boards, councils and commissions. Schmidt also served as Chair of the Legislative Review Committee (1985-1989).
Grant Schmidt left politics in 1991, but made an unsuccessful bid for the Saskatchewan Party nomination in the Melville Saltcoats constituency in the spring of 2003. He ran unsuccessfully as an Independent in the November 2003 provincial General Election.
Schmidt married Sheron Steyck on August 28, 1971. They have two children: Kurt and Luke.
Grant Schmidt currently (2006) practices law in Melville, Saskatchewan.
*Schmidt also served a two-week period (March 16 to April 1, 1990) as Minister of Economic Development and Tourism; Minister of Public Participation; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Trade and Investment before these portfolios were absorbed into the new Economic Diversification and Trade portfolio in April 1990.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of certain records created, accumulated and used from 1982 to 1988 by Grant Schmidt in his political career as Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and as Minister Responsible for Indian and Native Affairs Secretariat in the Devine Government. The fonds also consists of records created while Schmidt was acting-Minister in the Indian and Native Affairs portfolio on behalf of Grant Hodgins. The records from both portfolios is incomplete.
The types of records included are Cabinet documents, clippings, correspondence, budget material, reports and research files relating to Indian treaty land entitlement, native issues regarding hunting, fishing and trapping, the Lebret Metis Farm; and material relating to employment and career incentive programmes.
Missing from the fonds is MLA and constituency material and records created by Schmidt in the following portfolios: Minister of Labour; Minister of Social Services; Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs; Minister of Economic Diversification and Trade; Minister of Justice and Attorney General; and Provincial Secretary; as well as from Schmidt's numerous ministerial responsibilities.
The majority of the material in this fonds is public record.
No series assignment has been applied to the records.
This fonds includes records created by Sid Dutchak as Minister Responsible for Indian and Native Affairs Secretariat, 1983-1986 and records created by Grant Hodgins as Minister of Indian and Native Affairs during 1988.