Series S 89 - Documents of Office (Devine Government) series

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Documents of Office (Devine Government) series

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  • Textual record

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S 89

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  • 1982-1991 (Creation)
    Saskatchewan. Executive Council

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0.120m of textual records

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Biographical history

The Government of Saskatchewan is based on the Canadian parliamentary system. There are three branches of government - legislative, judicial and executive with the latter represented by the Executive Council. In practical terms, the leader of the party with the most members of the Legislative Assembly is designated President of the Executive Council. He/she then chooses an executive council or cabinet of ministers to head various departments and hold responsibility for various portfolios. The number of members of executive council varies with the decision of the President. Cabinet ministers are usually, but not required to be, a member of the governing party and may also be appointed as minister-without-portfolio.

With the creation of the province of Saskatchewan in 1905, existing members of the territorial executive council were continued until the first general election on December 13, 1905. Walter Scott was elected as Premier and first President of the Executive Council. Members were known as Commissioners until December 18, 1909 when they became known as minister of their respective portfolio.

Executive Council currently (October 2012) has seven main branches: Cabinet Planning; Cabinet Secretariat (Office of the Cabinet Secretary and Clerk of the Executive Council); Communications Services; Corporate Services; Intergovernmental Affairs; Premier's Correspondence Unit; and Provincial Secretary.

The current (October 2012) President of the Executive Council is Brad Wall.

Custodial history

D. Grant Devine donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1991: R91-281 (October 23, 1991).

Scope and content

This series consists of documents of office relating to cabinet ministers, associate ministers and legislative secretaries to ministers who served in the Twelfth Ministry of the Government of Saskatchewan under Premier Donald Grant Devine, from May 8, 1982 to November 1, 1991. The types of records included are as follows: original signed oaths of office; Recommendations from the Premier to the Executive Council; letters of appointment; original signed oaths of allegiance; original signed oaths taken by Members of the Executive Council of Saskatchewan; copies of related correspondence; and copies of letters of resignation.

No sub-series were identified in this series.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

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Original order maintained by archivist.

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  • English

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Box number(s): 1

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These records are subject to access restrictions. Please consult the reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to Crown Copyright. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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SAFA 708 consists of a series description and box listing of textual records.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale

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S 89

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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