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James Andrew Darling was born on May 21, 1891 at Shotts, Lancashire, Scotland to Andrew and Christina (Walker) Darling. Darling emigrated to Canada in 1908 and worked as a farm hand in Manitoba before purchasing a farm near Colonsay, Saskatchewan in 1911.
Prior to his entry into provincial politics, Darling farmed in the Colonsay district and was active in the local community. He served as secretary of the Elstow Agricultural Society and was a municipal councillor for Colonsay.
Darling was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1944 and served as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) Member for the Watrous constituency until 1960. Darling served in the T. C. Douglas Government as Minister of Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (1948-1949); Minister of Public Works (1948-1956); Minister of Telephones and Telegraphs (1948-1952) and Minister in charge of Saskatchewan Power Corporation. After his resignation from Cabinet in 1956, Darling served as Speaker of the House until his retirement from politics in 1960. He retired to Saskatoon and died there on October 18, 1979.
Darling married Margaret Turner on February 5, 1924. They had three children; Betty, May and Andrew.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1945 to 1955 by James Andrew Darling in his political career as Minister of Public Works and Minister-in-charge of Saskatchewan Power Corporation.
The Public Works records date from 1948 to 1955 and include correspondence and memoranda relating mainly to the construction, furnishing, occupancy, sale and maintenance of government buildings; labour and employment issues; service contracts and government travel issues. There are a number of letters dealing with the issue of hiring displaced persons to work on the construction of government buildings, along with correspondence from individuals requesting employment.
The Saskatchewan Power Corporation records date from 1945 to 1955 and consist of minutes, financial statements, balance sheets, and profit and loss statements.
No series have been applied to the records in this fonds.