Fonds F 465 - Jack Messer fonds

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Jack Messer fonds

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F 465

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  • 1971-1980 (Creation)

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37 m of textual records
2 audio cassettes
7 maps

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John Rissler Messer was born on May 26, 1941 at Tisdale, Saskatchewan to William Frederick and Margaret Elizabeth(Rissler) Messer. He received his primary education in Tisdale and attended high school in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Messer worked in real estate in Vancouver before attending the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan. He established a farm near Tisdale and was active in the local community. He served as secretary of the Tisdale Wheat Pool Committee and director of the Evington Rural Telephone Company.

Messer was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP)member for Kelsey (1967-1971), Tisdale-Kelsey 1971-1975) and Kelsey-Tisdale (1975-1980).

Messer served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Agriculture (1971-1975); Minister of Industry and Commerce (1975-1976); and Minister of Mineral Resources (1976-1980). He was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards, commissions and crown corporations, including Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation (1975-1976); Saskatchewan Power Corporation (1975-1980); Saskatchewan Trading Corporation (1975-1976); Saskatchewan Research Council (1975-1976); Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation (1976-1980); Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation (1976-1978); Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (1978-1980) and Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation (1978-1980).

Messer resigned from Cabinet on December 16, 1980. Neal Hardy (Progressive Conservative) was elected MLA for Kelsey-Tisdale in a 1980 by-election. Messer returned to provincial politics in 1990 as provincial secretary of the Saskatchewan NDP and was active in the party's 1991 election campaign. He served as president of Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower) from 1991 to 1998, after which time he returned to Tisdale to farm. He was elected president of Ducks Unlimited Canada for 2003-2004, and served as its chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006.

Messer currently (2008) continues to reside in Tisdale and is a director for Saskatchewan on the board of directors of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Jack Messer married Joanne Bryson on April 14, 1960. They have three children: Annette, William and Michael.

Custodial history

Jack Messer donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1980: R80-857 (December 22, 1980).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1971 to 1980 by Jack Messer in his political career as: Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Industry and Commerce; Minister of Mineral Resources; Minister Responsible for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Mining and Development Corporation; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation; MLA for Tisdale-Kelsey and Kelsey-Tisdale; and member of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

No series assignment has been applied to the records described in the fonds. The following headings were used for descriptions completed in 1982: Agriculture; Boards, Commissions and Councils; Constituency Files; Crown Corporations; Departments and Agencies; Executive Council; Federal Matters; Industry and Commerce; Legislative Assembly; Mineral Resources; Miscellaneous Files; Organizations; Personal Matters; Political Affairs; Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation; Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation; Saskatchewan Mining and Development Corporation; Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation; and Saskatchewan Power Corporation.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, briefing notes, speeches, publications, minutes and agendas, news releases, newspaper clippings, legislation, maps, audio cassettes and photographs.

Public and private records are found in the fonds.

This fonds includes records created by Ed Whelan as Minister of Mineral Resources and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation; by Ted Bowerman as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation; by Elwood Cowley as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation; and by Kim Thorson as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation.

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These records are subject to access restrictions. The guide to the fonds is available for consultation. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of the records are subject to terms and conditions of The Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 148 (old guide GR 281) consists of a fonds description and file listing of textual records.

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No further accruals are expected.

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21 photographs

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Other codes: Textual records: R-600 (GR 281); Photographs: R-A22379 to R-A22380; R-B11221 to R-B11224; Audio cassettes: R-6345 to R-6346; Maps: B258

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