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Grant, Gordon Burton (1910–2001)

Gordon Grant.
Saskatchewan Archives Board R-B7013

Gordon Grant was born in Regina on September 13, 1910. He received a BA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1933, and with his wife Eileen had three children, Donald, Sharon, and Linda. Grant worked as an insurance broker and was president of Walter M. Logan Company. He was active in the Regina community and became the first native-born mayor of Regina in 1952. Following his years on the Regina City Council, Grant was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964, 1967, and 1971 as a Liberal candidate for Regina Whitmore Park. He served as Minister of Highways and Transportation from 1964 to 1966, and as Minister of Industry and Commerce until 1967. Grant also served as Minister in charge of SaskPower Corporation and Minister of Telephones, and held the portfolio for Public Health from 1966 to 1971. During his tenure as Minister of Public Health, the Liberal government introduced utilization or deterrent fees for hospital and medical services in what has been referred to as the Black Friday Budget. Grant also oversaw the decision to close eleven rural Hospitals. Following the defeat of the Liberal government in 1971, Grant served as Opposition whip from 1971 to 1975. He retired to Kelowna, BC, and died on January 16, 2001.

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Further Reading

Eisler, Dale. 1987. Rumours of Glory: Saskatchewan and the Thatcher Years. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers; Grant, Gordon. Papers. R45. Saskatchewan Archives Board, Regina.
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