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Argue, Hazen Robert, 1921-1991

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  • 1921-1991

Hazen Robert Argue was born January 6, 1921 in Kayville, Saskatchewan. At the age of five (5) his family moved Avonlea, where his father briefly operated a farm machinery business. In 1940, Argue entered the University of Saskatchewan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and graduated in 1944.

After briefly working on the family farm, Argue entered federal politics by winning the Wood Mountain constituency in the June 11, 1945 General Election as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and was re-elected in 1949, this time as Member of Parliament for the Assiniboia constituency. He continued to win his seat for Assinboia until April 1963, including during the 1958 General Election that led to the majority government of John Diefenbaker which nearly resulted in all CCF members to loose their seats, including CCF leader M.J. Coldwell and deputy Stanley Knowles. As a consequence, the remaining members of the CCF caucus chose Argue to be the House Leader and when Coldwell stepped down as leader, Argue was able to win the leadership in August 1960.

From the late 1950s to the early 1960s the CCF was attempting to create a new party that could better represent the interests of the CCF and those of labour unions. Although Argue was among those in the party that did not support this change in direction, in 1961 when the New Democratic Party (NDP) was formed out of these efforts, Argue became a candidate for its leadership. He was defeated by Tommy Douglas on the first ballot, and despite a concession speech indicating he would work with Douglas to make the new party successful, bitterness (primarily with the party’s executive) that arose during the leadership campaign remained and within six months Argue crossed the floor to become a member of the Liberal Party caucus.

As a member of the Liberal Party, Argue would be re-elected in the Assinboia riding in 1962, but was subsequently defeated in the General Election of April 1963 by Lawrence Watson.

During his time as a Member of Parliament, Argue served on multiple committees: House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts (1945-1946, 1951, 1953-1957); House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization (1945-1950, 1952-1963); House of Commons Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce (1946-1953, 1956-1957, 1960-1962); House of Commons Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills (1949-1953); Standing Joint Committee on Printing (1949-1953); House of Commons Special Committee on the Dominion elections act, 1938, and amendments thereto (1950-1951); House of Commons Special Committee on Railway Legislation (1951); House of Commons Special Committee on Redistribution (1952); House of Commons Special Committee on Procedure of the House of Commons (1955); House of Commons Special Committee on Estimates (1955-1957); House of Commons Standing Committee on External Affairs (1957-1959); House of Commons Standing Committee of Selection (1958); Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament (1958-1959); House of Commons Standing Committee on Standing Orders (1958-1962); House of Commons Standing Committee on Estimates (1958, 1960-1963); House of Commons Standing Committee on Industrial Relations (1959); House of Commons Standing Committee on Mines, Forests and Waters (1959); House of Commons Special Committee on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1960); House of Commons Special Committee on Procedure of the House (1960-1961); House of Commons Standing Committee on Debates (1960-1962); and House of Commons Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines (1962-1963).

In 1965, Argue attempted to regain his seat in the House of Commons, but was again defeated by Lawrence Watson of the Progressive Conservatives. However, Argue’s role in federal politics was not over, as he was appointed to the Senate on February 24, 1966 as a Liberal.

Argue participated in the following Senate committees: Standing Committee on Natural Resources (1966-1968); Standing Committee on Immigration and Labour (1966-1969); Special Committee on Science Policy (1967-1968); Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (1969-1972); Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (1970-1972); Standing Committee on Transport and Communications (1970-1974); Standing Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (1972-1977); Standing Committee on Agriculture (serving as the chair from 1972-1979); Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Science (1973-1977); Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (1973-1979, 1984-1988); Senate Special Committee on the Constitution (1978); Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (1984-1986); Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (1986, 1989-1991); and Special Committee on Preventive Health Care (1988). In addition, when in 1980, the Liberals failed to win a seat west of Manitoba, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau named Argue as Minister of State (for the Canadian Wheat Board).

In 1989 Argue faced allegations of using public funds to help his wife (Eugenia/Jean) to win the Liberal Party nomination in an Ottawa riding for the 1988 federal election. These allegations resulted in the laying of charges of the misuse of public funds and fraud, but in 1991 charges were dropped.

Argue continued to serve as a Senator until his death on October 2, 1991.

Brockelbank, John Hewgill, 1897-1977

  • Person
  • 1897-1977

John Hewgill Brockelbank was born in Heathcote, Grey County, Ontario on June 24, 1897. Along with his parents (Edward Brockelbank, Sarah Ann Hewgill Brockelbank), he moved to a homestead near North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1911. While still a student, on March 31, 1917 he enlisted in the 196th Western University Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, embarking from Halifax two months later on June 2. He was discharged from military service on May 17, 1919.

After returning from the war, Brockelbank started a farm near Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan, became active in farmers’ organizations, and entered provincial politics under the party banner of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). His first election was in the June 1938 general election for the Tisdale Electoral Division. He would be twice re-elected in this riding before it was dissolved after the 1948 election, whereupon he switched to the new riding of Kelsey where he won four consecutive terms until his retirement in 1967. In 1941, he was chosen interim-leader of the CCF when leader George Hara Williams resigned his seat to enlist in the Army. Brockelbank ran for the leadership of the party in 1942, and although he lost to Tommy Douglas, he remained Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, as Douglas did not have a seat in the Legislature at the time. Following the CCF’s victory in the 1944 general election, Brockelbank was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Municipal Affairs. He would remain in cabinet until the CCF were defeated by the Ross Thatcher led Liberal Party in 1964. During his time in cabinet Brockelbank served as minister of the following portfolios: Municipal Affairs (1944-1948); Natural Resources and Industrial Development (1948-1950); Natural Resources (1950-1956); Mineral Resources (1953-1962); and Provincial Treasurer (1962-1964).

On May 24, 1974, Brockelbank received an honorary degree from the University of Saskatchewan (Regina Campus) [now known as University of Regina].

Brockelbank died on May 30, 1977.

Lorje, Pat, 1947-

  • Person
  • 1947-

Pat Lorje was born on January 24, 1947 in Eastend, Saskatchewan. Lorje served as a Saskatoon city councillor from 1979 to 1991, but she resigned from council to run as a member of the New Democratic Party in the 1991 provincial election. Lorje would win the riding of Saskatoon Wildwood (1991-10-21 to 1995-05-23) and thereafter be re-elected twice more in Saskatoon Southeast (1995-06-21 to 2003-10-08). During her time in the Legislature, Lorje served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2001-02-08 to 2001-10-12), Provincial Secretary (2001-02-08 to 2001-10-12), Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training (2001-10-12 to 2002-03-26), Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Communications Network (2001-10-21 to 2002-03-26), Minister of Environment (2002-03-26 to 2002-06-14), and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation (2002-03-26 to 2002-06-24). After provincial politics Lorje and her husband briefly moved to San Francisco, but returned to Saskatoon where she was subsequently re-elected to city council in the 2006 municipal election and held this position until her defeat in the October 2016 election.

Lorje is married to playwright and theatre director Tom Bentley-Fisher.

Wright, Cliff, 1927-2014

  • Person
  • 1927-2014

Clifford Emerson Wright was born on September 21, 1927 to Sam and Ada Wright of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His early education was at Albert and Victoria Schools, before attending Nutana Collegiate high school, whereupon he studied engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, but left prior to graduating. After leaving university, Wright became an apprentice carpenter with Smith Brothers and Wilson, with whom he would rise to become Saskatchewan Manager and Vice President in 1970. In 1987 he bought the Saskatchewan assets of the firm and established the company Wright Construction. In addition to this private enterprise, Wright became involved in local politics and served on Saskatoon City Council from 1967 until 1976, when he was elected mayor. He would serve as Saskatoon's mayor four consecutive terms until his retirement in 1988. In addition, at various time he was member (1965-1976) and chair (1969-1976) of the University Hospital Board, chair of the Saskatchewan Potash Corporation (1983), president of the Saskatchewan Futures Corporation (1988), and chair of the Saskatoon District Health Board (1992-1995). Of note Wright also served as Treaty Land Entitlement Commissioner from 1989-1993, during which he worked worked the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, federal and provincial governments to settle land claims for twenty-five (25) First Nations in Saskatchewan. Wright also found time to be involved with organizations such as the YMCA and YWCA, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Cosmopolitan Industries, Parenting Incorporated, the United Way, and Big Brothers.

During his life he received honours such as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1988); CFQC Citizen of the Year (1988); Canada 125 Medal (1992); Officer of the Order of Canada (1998); Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1999); and Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005).

Wright died in Saskatoon, on December 9, 2014.

Wright married his wife Betty Dye in 1951 and together had four children (sons Lorne, Jack, Don, and daughter Nancy).