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1916-1991, predominant 1989-1991 (Creation)
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Harold Arthur Martens was born on September 8, 1941 at Herbert, Saskatchewan to Eugene and Lydia Martens. He attended elementary school in Leonard and high school in Stewart Valley.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Martens was a rancher and farmer on the family farm in the Leinan district. He served as Councillor (1973-1975) and Reeve (1975-1979) for Saskatchewan Landing Rural Municipality No. 167. Martens was a director of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities from 1977 to 1978. He also served as an appointee to the University of Regina Senate and the Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture.
Martens was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1982 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Morse constituency until 1995. He served in the Grant Devine Government as Associate Minister of Agriculture and Food (1989-1991). Martens also served as Minister Responsible for the Agricultural Credit Corporation of Saskatchewan (1989-1991), the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation (1989-1991), the Saskatchewan Water Corporation (1989-1991) and the Souris Basin Development Authority (1989-1991).
After the Devine Government was defeated in 1991, Martens served as Opposition Deputy Leader (1994-1995) and Opposition Finance Critic (1994-1995). He also served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (1991-1995).
Martens did not run in the 1995 provincial general election. He returned to the Leinan district and resumed ranching full-time.
Martens currently (2006) resides in Swift Current and continues to farm and ranch in the Leinan district. He is Reeve of Excelsior Rural Municipality No. 166. He also continues to be active in federal and provincial politics as the chair of the constituency board for the Conservative Party of Canada for the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding, and a board member for the Saskatchewan Party in the Swift Current constituency.
Martens received the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1978 for his outstanding service to the community and a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal on October 1, 2005 in recognition of his community involvement in the province.
Martens married Sylvia Schroeder on August 21, 1966. They have three children: Tony, Chad and Joe.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1989 to 1991 by Harold Martens in his political career as Associate Minister of Agriculture and Food; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Agricultural Credit Corporation; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation; Minister Responsible for Souris Basin Development Authority; MLA for the Morse constituency; and member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan.
This fonds has been arranged into fifteen series: Minister of Agriculture 1982 (Berntson); Minister of Agriculture 1983 (Berntson, Hepworth); Minister of Agriculture 1984 (Hepworth); Minister of Agriculture 1985 (Hepworth, Devine); Minister of Agriculture 1986 (Devine); Minister of Agriculture 1987 (Devine); Minister of Agriculture 1988 (Devine); Minister and Associate Minister of Agriculture and Food 1989; Minister and Associate Minister of Agriculture and Food 1990; Minister and Associate Minister of Agriculture and Food 1991; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation; Minister Responsible for Souris Basin Development Authority; Caucus, Political; and Constituency.
Series 1 to 8 have been arranged into two sub-series: Minister; and Department. Series 9 and 10 have been arranged into three sub-series: Minister; Cabinet; and Department. Series 11 has been arranged into eight sub-series: General Administration; Corporate Affairs; Water Supply and Utility Management; Watershed Management; Resources Management; Complaints; Issues; and Federal Government. There are no sub-series within series 12 to 15.
The types of records included are correspondence, briefing notes, reports, memoranda, legislation, publications, speaking notes, press releases, minutes, photographs, maps and posters.
This fonds is missing certain MLA and constituency material, Opposition files, and records created by Martens as Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions.
This fonds contains public and political records.
Caucus records were separated out from other series (F448-2, F448-3, F448-6, F448-9) by the archivist and described as a distinct series (F448-13).
Political records were separated out from other series (F448-6, F448-9, F448-10) by the archivist and described as a distinct series (F448-14).
This fonds includes records created by the following: Eric Berntson, Minister of Agriculture, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation and Minister Responsible for Souris Basin Development Authority; Lorne Hepworth, Minister of Agriculture; Grant Devine, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Agriculture and Food; Paul Schoenhals, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation; Herb Swan, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation.
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- Martens, Harold, 1941- (Creation)