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Olaf Alexander Turnbull was born on December 30, 1917 near Kindersley, Saskatchewan to Harry Gordon and Ingaborg (Swanson) Turnbull. He was raised on the family farm and educated locally. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Economics) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1943, he returned to farming.
Turnbull served as a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Kindersley and was active in the Saskatchewan Farmers' Union, serving as director and vice-president. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1960 and served as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member for Elrose until 1964. Turnbull served in the T.C. Douglas and Woodrow Lloyd Governments as Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1960-1961) and Minister of Education (1961-1964). After his defeat in the 1964 general election, Turnbull briefly returned to farming before being employed at the Western Co-operative College of Canada in Saskatoon. He was appointed executive director of the college in 1972 and held that position until his retirement in 1982. Turnbull then went overseas with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to educate people in developing countries on the co-operative movement. Turnbull died in Saskatoon on March 15, 2004.
Turnbull married Alice Turner on July 21, 1945. The Turnbulls had five children: Karin, William, Joan, Katherine and Jane.
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Canadian Parliamentary Guide
Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present