Wright, Clifford (1927–)

Recognized for his leadership in civic, provincial, and national affairs, Clifford Wright was born in Saskatoon in 1927 and was first elected to city council in 1966. During Wright’s tenure as mayor of Saskatoon from 1976 to 1988, the city hosted the 1979 Western Canada Summer Games, celebrated its centennial in 1982, and saw the creation of Wanuskewin Heritage Park and the Meewasin Valley Authority. Wright entered federal politics in 1989 and as Treaty Land Commissioner, his recommendations helped amicably settle 120-year-old treaties. Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988, Wright was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada a decade later and received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1999.

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