Fonds F 412 - Lorne Calvert fonds

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Lorne Calvert fonds

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F 412

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  • 1984-2003, predominant 1992-2003 (Creation)

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12.97 m of textual records
31 photographs
10 posters

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Biographical history

Lorne Albert Calvert was born on December 24, 1952 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Albert Calvert and Beulah (Phillips) Calvert. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Divinity (Theology) degree from St. Andrew's College, University of Saskatchewan.

In 1976, Calvert was ordained in the United Church of Canada and served various congregations in rural Saskatchewan. He was Minister of Zion United Church in Moose Jaw from 1979 to 1986.

Calvert was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986 and served as a New Democratic Party Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Moose Jaw South (1986-1991) and Moose Jaw Wakamow (1991-1999) constituencies. He was elected MLA for the Saskatoon Riversdale constituency in 2001.

Calvert served in the Roy Romanow Government from 1992 to 1998 as Associate Minister of Health (1992-1995); Minister of Health (1995) and Minister of Social Services (1995-1998). Calvert was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation (1992-1993); SaskEnergy Inc. (1992-1993); Souris Basin Development Authority (1992-1993); Wakamow Valley Authority (1992-1998); Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (1995); Public Service Commission (1995-1998); Seniors (1995-1998); and Disabilities Directorate (1997-1998).

Calvert resigned from Cabinet in 1998 and did not run in the 1999 provincial general election. He worked as a social policy advisor to Premier Romanow from 1999 to 2000. Calvert was elected Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party on January 27, 2001 and became Premier of Saskatchewan and President of the Executive Council on February 8, 2001. He was re-elected in the 2003 general election and served as Premier of Saskatchewan until his Government was defeated in the 2007 general election by the Saskatchewan Party. Calvert announced his retirement as party leader and MLA on October 16, 2008 and was succeeded as leader by Dwain Lingenfelter on June 6, 2009.

Calvert served as Principal of St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan from 2009 to June 30, 2018.

Lorne Calvert married Betty Anne Sluzalo on October 25, 1975. They have two children: David Lorne and Stephanie Anne.

Custodial history

Lorne Calvert donated the records in this fonds to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1999 and 2004: R99-028 (February 17, 1999) and R2004-253 (August 19, 2004). Records created by John Penner, Louise Simard and Robert (Bob) Pringle were identified in the Calvert fonds at the time of arrangement.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Lorne Calvert from 1992-2003 in his political career as: Associate Minister of Health; Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy; Minister Responsible for SaskPower; Minister of Health; Minister of Social Services; Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission; Minister Responsible for Wakamow Valley Authority; and Premier of Saskatchewan.

This fonds also includes records created by Calvert in his role as MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow and member of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

The fonds contains sixteen series: Associate Minister of Health 1992; Associate Minister of Health 1993; Associate Minister of Health 1994; Associate Minister of Health 1995; Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy; Minister Responsible for SaskPower; Minister of Health; Minister of Social Services 1995; Minister of Social Services 1996; Minister of Social Services 1997; Minister of Social Services 1998; Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission; Minister Responsible for Wakamow Valley Authority; Constituency Records; Political Records; and Premier's Correspondence.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, briefing notes, speeches, publications, minutes and agendas, news releases, newspaper clippings, legislation, photographs, posters, audio compact discs, technical drawings, maps and electronic records.

Public and political records are contained in the fonds.

Most of the records associated with Calvert's role as Premier of Saskatchewan remain with the Premier's office.

This fonds is missing MLA/constituency material and records Calvert created as Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions.

This fonds includes records created by Bob Pringle as Minister of Social Services, Louise Simard as Minister of Health, and John Penner as Minister Responsible for Wakamow Valley Authority.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated September 17, 1998. Please consult the reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and conditions of the Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 174 consists of fonds and series descriptions, file listings of textual records, and item descriptions of photographs and sound recordings. The electronic finding aid consists of a file level database for textual records and item level descriptions of audio compact discs and 12 of the 31 photographs. See GR 226 for posters.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created in 1994 and 1995 by Calvert as Associate Minister of Health and Minister of Health are located in the Eric Cline fonds (BF 20).

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Further accruals are expected.

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9 architectural drawings; 3 audio compact discs; 8 objects; 9 technical drawings; 167 maps; 3 CD-ROMS.

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Other codes: Photographs: R-A 32571 to R-A 32582; compact discs: A CDR 15964 to A CDR 15966; posters GR 226: VII.309 to VII.316.

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