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John Gary Lane was born on May 2, 1942 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Richard Louis Lane and Kathleen May Flanagan. He attended St. Paul's High School in Saskatoon and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (History) in 1963 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1966 from the University of Saskatchewan.
Lane articled at Cuelenaere and Beaubier in Saskatoon and was called to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1966. He worked in the Saskatchewan Department of the Attorney General as a Crown solicitor and executive assistant to the Attorney General from 1969 to 1971. He then practiced law in Regina before becoming the senior partner in the Regina firm, Lane and Whitmore, in 1976. Lane served as President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan and was a member of the Regina Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982.
Lane was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1971 and served as a Liberal MLA for the Lumsden constituency until 1975. He was then elected MLA for the Qu'Appelle constituency and served until October, 1976, when he left the Liberal Party to join the Progressive Conservatives. Lane served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Qu'Appelle (1976-1982) and Qu'Appelle-Lumsden constituencies (1982-1991).
Lane served in the Grant Devine Government as Attorney General (1982-1983); Provincial Secretary (1982-1983; 1990-1991); Minister of Telephones (1982-1983; 1986-1991); Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (1982-1983); Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1983-1985; 1989-1991); Minister of Finance (1985-1989) and Minister of Revenue and Financial Services (1986-1987). He was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions.
Lane resigned from Cabinet and vacated his seat on September 5, 1991. On September 10, 1991 he was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. Suzanne Murray (NDP) became the MLA for the Qu'Appelle-Lumsden constituency on October 21,1991.
Lane currently (2006) resides in Regina and continues to serve as a Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.
Gary Lane married Elizabeth Mary McLaughlin on July 21, 1979. They have four children: Caitlin, Glennie Anne, William, and Meagan.