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1959-1978, predominant 1959-1978 (Creation)
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Neil Erland Byers was born on December 7, 1928 in Fertile, Saskatchewan to Newton and Kathleen (McDonald) Byers. He received his early education in Fertile and Frobisher and attended Moose Jaw Normal School. Byers earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Prior to his entry into provincial politics, Byers worked as a teacher with the Department of Indian Affairs (1952-1954) and in Foam Lake. He served as vice-councilor for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation and president of the Shamrock Teachers' Superintendency Association. Byers also worked for seven years as a hail adjuster for the Co-operative Hail Insurance Company of Saskatchewan.
Byers ran unsuccessfully in the 1964 and 1967 provincial general elections in the Kelvington constituency. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in a June 25, 1969 by-election and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP) MLA for Kelvington (1969-1975) and Kelvington-Wadena (1975-1982).
Byers held various Cabinet portfolios in the Allan Blakeney Government: Minister of Highways and Transportation (1971-1972); Minister of Telephones (1971-1972, 1975-1978); Minister of the Environment (1972-1978); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1972-1974); and Minister of Northern Saskatchewan (1978-1979). He was Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions including Saskatchewan Telecommunications (1975-1978); Liquor Board (1975-1978); and Liquor Licensing Commission (1975-1978).
Byers resigned from Cabinet on June 19, 1979 and lost his seat in the 1982 provincial general election to Sherwin Petersen (Progressive Conservative).
Byers currently (2010) resides in Regina.
Byers married Margaret Engelke on November 8, 1952. They have six children: Douglas, Valerie, Eleanor, Sandra, Roland and Candyce.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1969 to 1978 by Neil E. Byers in his political career as: member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for the Kelvington and Kelvington-Wadena Constituencies (1969-1978); Minister of Highways and Transportation (1971-1972); Minister of Telephones (1971-1972, 1975-1978); Minister of the Environment (1972-1978); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1972-1974) and as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Telecommunications (1975-1978); Liquor Board (1975-1978); and Liquor Licensing Commission (1975-1978).
This fonds includes records created by John E. Brockelbank as Minister of Telephones; Ted Bowerman as Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Resources Commission, Minister of the Environment, and Minister in Charge of Northern Affairs; Kim Thorson and Ed Tchorzewski as Ministers in Charge of the Saskatchewan Liquor Licensing Commission; and David Boldt as Minister of Welfare and Minister of Highways and Transportation.
This fonds contains public and political records.
No series assignment has been applied to the records in the fonds.
Headings assigned to the records in R-300 in 1979 are as follows: Agriculture; Attorney General; Constituency Matters; Correspondence; Environment; Liquor Licensing Commission; MLA Files: Opposition Period; Miscellaneous; Municipal Affairs; Telephones; and Social Services.
Headings assigned to the records in R-419 in 1979 are as follows: Constituency Files; Environment Department; Liquor Board and Liquor Licensing Commission; and Saskatchewan Telecommunications.
Headings assigned to the records in R-440 in 1980 are as follows: Environment; Government Departments and Agencies; Liquor Board; Liquor Licensing Commission; Miscellaneous Files; Political and Personal Files: Constituency and New Democratic Party Matters; Saskatchewan Telecommunications and Department of Telephones; and Speeches.
Headings assigned to the records in R-459 in 1980 are as follows: Environment Department; Executive Council and Government Caucus; Liquor Board and Liquor Licensing Commission; Miscellaneous Files; Telephones: Department of Telephones and Saskatchewan Telecommunications; and Treasury Board.
Missing from the fonds is certain MLA and constituency material and records created by Byers as Minister of Northern Saskatchewan (1978-1979).
The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, annual reports, legislation, newspaper clippings, news releases, publications, speeches, financial statements, minutes and agendas, and photographs.
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- Byers, Neil Erland 1928- (Creation)