Fonds F 13 - Elwood Cowley fonds

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Elwood Cowley fonds

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  • Sound recording

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F 13

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  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Cowley, Elwood, 1944-
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Cameron, Alexander, 1907-1996
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Tchorzewski, Edwin Laurence, 1943-2008
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Thorson, Kim, 1932-
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Messer, John Rissler (Jack), 1941-
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Bowerman, Ted, 1930-2007
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Beatty, G. H., 1935-
  • 1960-1983 (predominant: 1970-1980) (Creation)
    Byers, Neil Erland, 1928-

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15.560m of textual records
3 photographs : prints and negatives
25 maps
2 audio cassettes (1 hr. 50 min.)

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Elwood Lorrie Cowley was born on August 2, 1944 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to William and Edwina (Call) Cowley. He was raised in Kinley, and received his elementary and secondary education at Kinley and Perdue Schools. Cowley earned Bachelor of Education (1965) and Bachelor of Arts (1967) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.

Cowley's interest in provincial politics began while he was attending university. He served two terms as president of the University of Saskatchewan Campus New Democrats (1963-1965), and president of the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats(1965). In 1970, Cowley was an organizer for Roy Romanow's leadership campaign and at the leadership convention was elected provincial treasurer of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP).

Prior to his election to the Saskatchewan Legislature, Cowley was a teacher at Assiniboia Composite High School (1965) and Thom Collegiate in Regina (1967-1972). He was active in the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

Cowley was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 1971 general election and served as a NDP MLA for the Biggar constituency until 1982. Cowley served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Finance (1972-1973, 1975); Minister of Mineral Resources (1973-1975, 1980-1982); Provincial Secretary (1975-1982); and Minister of Economic Development 1979-1982). He was Minister Responsible for Government Finance Office (1974-1977); Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation (1974-1978, 1980-1982); Municipal Financing Corporation (1975); Board of Revenue Commissioners (1975); Saskatchewan Computer Utility Corporation (1975); Treasury Board (1974-1975); Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (1975-1978); Liquor Board (1978-1982); Liquor Licensing Commission (1978-1982); Crown Investments Corporation (1978-1982); and Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation (1978-1982).

After losing the riding of Biggar in the 1982 provincial general election to Harry Baker (Progressive Conservative), Cowley returned to teaching and worked as an investment broker in Saskatoon. In 1989, he established his own consulting company, Cowley Consulting Ltd. In 1990, Cowley was a member of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (Lortie Commission).

Cowley currently (2009) resides in Saskatoon.

Cowley married Delores Major on June 26, 1965. They have three children: Sherry, Carla and Scott.

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Alexander C. Cameron was born on June 30, 1907 in Avonhurst, Saskatchewan to Angus and Mary Cameron. He received his early schooling in Avonhurst and went on to attend Campion College in Regina, and the Normal School at the University of Saskatchewan where he received a teaching certificate. He taught in several southwest Saskatchewan communities, including Morse and Fox Valley, and then taught (1934 to December 1937) and became principal (1935 to December 1937) of Oasis-Richmound school in Richmound. He left teaching in 1941 to work with his brother-in law John (Jack) Stodalke in the operations of J. & M. Garage.

Cameron entered politics in 1947 as mayor of Richmound (1947 to 1963). He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 1948 general election as Liberal member for the Maple Creek constituency, defeating incumbent Beatrice Janet Trew (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation). He continued to sit as a member of the Legislative Assembly until he was defeated in the 1971 General Election by Eugene Frederick Flasch (New Democratic Party).

Cameron ran for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in 1959, but was defeated by Ross Thatcher on the first ballot. While in opposition Cameron acted as Finance critic. He served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister of Mineral Resources (1964-1971); and Minister of Telephones (1965-1970). He would later become president of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan.

Cameron also served as Overseer of the Village-Trustee Larger School Union; organizing member of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation; manager of the Richmound Credit Union; and member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an active proponent of the Swift Current health region.

On February 17, 1935 Cameron married Miriam Stodalka. They had four children: Marie, Roselain, Stuart and Grant. Cameron died in Regina on January 16, 1996.

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Born in the Vonda-Alvena area of Saskatchewan on April 22, 1943, Edwin Laurence Tchorzewski attended rural schools at Fosston, Kelvington and Hudson Bay. He graduated from Hudson Bay Comprehensive High School and the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/History and a Teachers Certificate (1969).

Tchorzewski taught at St. Augustine's Separate School in Humboldt from 1965 until entering political life in 1971. Growing up in a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) household, Tchorzewski became involved in party politics while at university. First elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly at the age of twenty-eight in the General Election of June 1971 as the New Democratic Party (NDP) member for Humboldt constituency, Tchorzewski served as a MLA until defeated in the 1982 General Election. Re-elected in 1985 in a by-election for the constituency of Regina North East, he continued to represent this area and Regina Dewdney constituency following the General Elections of 1986, 1991, and 1995.

Between 1972 and 1982, Tchorzewski served in the cabinet of Allan E. Blakeney in the following portfolios: Minister of Culture and Youth (1972-1977); Minister of Consumer Affairs (1972-1975); Provincial Secretary (1972-1975); Minister of Continuing Education (1975-1976); Minister of Education (1975-1977); Minister of Health (1977-1979); and Minister of Finance (1979-1982).

During the period 1985-1991, Tchorzewski served as Opposition Environment Critic and was named Deputy Leader of the NDP in 1989. Tchorzewski also served as a cabinet minister with the Roy Romanow government between 1991-1995, holding the following portfolios: Minister of Crown Investments (1995); Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier (1991-1993); Provincial Secretary (1993-1995); Minister of Education, Training & Employment (1993); Associate Minister of Finance (1995); and Minister of Municipal Government (1995). Tchorzewski resigned his seat in the Legislature on January 18, 1999 and retired from public life.

Following his resignation Tchorzewski worked as a consultant for Rawlco Communications, and as an advisor to the Lorne Calvert government. In January, 2005 he became provincial secretary and chief executive officer for the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

In private pursuits Tchorzewski played and coached various sports, held an active role in church activities with the Knights of Columbus, and maintained his interest in education as a member of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

Ed Tchorzewski married Shirley Stasiuk in 1966 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan. They had four children, son Dion; daughters Raquel, Shalra and Shaundra.

Tchorzewski died in Regina on June 6, 2008.

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Kim Thorson was born on March 2, 1932 at Macoun, Saskatchewan to Miles and Ethel Mary Thorson. He attended school in the Macoun district. Thorson earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to entering politics, Thorson was a farm economist with the Government of Saskatchewan. In December 1955, Thorson became the youngest candidate ever to contest a provincial election in Saskatchewan.

Thorson was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1956 and served as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member for the Souris-Estevan constituency until he was defeated in the 1960 general election by Ian Hugh MacDougall of the Liberal Party. Thorson returned to university and earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and was admitted to the bar in August 1964. He was a practising lawyer in Estevan when he was re-elected in a 1971 by-election. Thorson served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Souris-Estevan constituency until 1975.

Thorson served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Mineral Resources (1972-1973) and Minister of Industry and Commerce (1972-1975). He was also Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation; Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation; Liquor Licensing Commission; Liquor Board; and was Agent General. Thorson retired from political life in 1975.

Thorson resumed practising law full-time in Regina where he became a partner in the law firm of Griffin, Beke, Thorson, Olive & Waller. He later held partnership in the firms of Griffin Beke Thorson Goudie; Griffin Beke Thorson; Griffin Thorson Maddigan; and Hardy & Thorson. In the mid-1990s, Thorson moved to Weyburn and continued the partnership of Hardy & Thorson, and later formed Thorson & Horner. Thorson served on the Boards of Directors of IPSCO (1980-1992) and Cameco (1992-1998). He also served as Chairman of the T.C. Douglas Centre in Weyburn, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Weyburn and the Weyburn and District United Way.

Kim Thorson married Myrtle Lipsett on October 12, 1957. They have three children: Eric, Janet and Vanessa. Thorson continues (2010) to reside in Weyburn.

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John Rissler Messer was born on May 26, 1941 at Tisdale, Saskatchewan to William Frederick and Margaret Elizabeth (Rissler) Messer. He received his primary education in Tisdale and attended high school in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Messer worked in real estate in Vancouver before attending the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan. He established a farm near Tisdale and was active in the local community. He served as secretary of the Tisdale Wheat Pool Committee and director of the Evington Rural Telephone Company.

Messer was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP) member for Kelsey (1967-1971), Tisdale-Kelsey (1971-1975) and Kelsey-Tisdale (1975-1980).

Messer served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Agriculture (1971-1975); Minister of Industry and Commerce (1975-1976); and Minister of Mineral Resources (1976-1980). He was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards, commissions and crown corporations, including Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation (1975-1976); Saskatchewan Power Corporation (1975-1980); Saskatchewan Trading Corporation (1975-1976); Saskatchewan Research Council (1975-1976); Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation (1976-1980); Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation (1976-1978); Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (1978-1980) and Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation (1978-1980).

Messer resigned from Cabinet on December 16, 1980. Neal Hardy (Progressive Conservative) was elected MLA for Kelsey-Tisdale in a 1980 by-election. Messer returned to provincial politics in 1990 as provincial secretary of the Saskatchewan NDP and was active in the party's 1991 election campaign. He served as president of Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower) from 1991 to 1998, after which time he returned to Tisdale to farm. He was elected president of Ducks Unlimited Canada for 2003-2004, and served as its chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006.

Messer currently (2009) continues to reside in Tisdale and represents Saskatchewan on the Board of Directors of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Jack Messer married Joanne Bryson on April 14, 1960. They have three children: Annette, William and Michael.

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George Reginald Anderson (Ted) Bowerman was born on November 3, 1930 at Shellbrook, Saskatchewan to Edward Leroy and Laura Rosalee Bowerman. Bowerman was the youngest of six children. He attended Rayside School, and also took vocational training in agricultural resource management and administration.

Prior to entering politics, Bowerman joined the Saskatchewan Smoke Jumpers, Canada's first aerial fire-fighting team, in 1949. In 1951, he became a Field Officer and Game Warden with the Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources. Bowerman was also employed in commercial fishing, and farmed north of Shellbrook.

Bowerman was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP) member for the Shellbrook constituency. Bowerman served until the 1982 general election when he was defeated by Lloyd John Muller of the Progressive Conservative Party. He also ran unsuccessfully in the 1986 general election.

Bowerman served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Indian and Métis (1971-1972); Minister of Mineral Resources (1971-1972); Minister of Natural Resources (1972-1974); Minister of Northern Saskatchewan (1972-1978); and Minister of Environment (1978-1982). He was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Forest Products (1974-1976); Saskatchewan Water Supply Board (1974-1982); Saskatchewan Minerals (1979-1980); Provincial Library (1980-1982); and Treaty Indian Land Entitlements (1980-1982).

After leaving politics, Bowerman returned to farming and was active in the Shellbrook community. Ted Bowerman died on December 20, 2007 near Provost, Alberta.

Ted Bowerman married Dagmar Alma Louise Christiansen on February 14, 1959. They had three children: Stephen (deceased), Curtis and Mark.

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Garry Hamilton Beatty was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1935. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1957) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Administration (1962) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Beatty worked as an economist for the Planning Department of the City of Saskatoon (1957-1959); the Saskatchewan Ministry of Natural Resources (1959-1962); and the Management Analysis Division of the Saskatchewan Department of Finance (1962-1966). He was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Administration and Dean, University Extension at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (1966-1971). In 1972, Beatty was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of Treasury Board (1972-1976) and in 1976 was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan (1976-1982).

In 1983, Beatty accepted the position of President for Gabe Fiscal Management Inc. (1983-1986) and subsequently became Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (May to October 1986) then President and Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Hydro (October 1986-1990).

In addition, Beatty served as an ex-officio member of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors (1972-1974); and on the Board of Directors of: Interprovincial Pipe and Steel Corporation; Intercontinental Packers; Agra Industries; Prince Albert Pulp Company (Chairman); SED Systems Inc.; Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation; Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; and the Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation.

In January 1991 the Government of the Northwest Territories commissioned Beatty as project director of a study to review the operations and structure of northern governments.

Beatty married Beverley Ann Grant and had three children.

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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 (2011) resides in Regina.

Byers married Margaret Engelke on November 8, 1952. They have six children: Douglas, Valerie, Eleanor, Sandra, Roland and Candyce.

Custodial history

Jill Spelliscy of the University of Regina School of Journalism and Communications donated the sound recordings to the Regina office, Saskatchewan archives in one accession in 1991: R91-052 (April 23, 1991).
Records created by Ed Tchorzewski, Garry Beatty, Alexander Cameron, Ted Bowerman, Kim Thorson, Jack Messer and Neil Byers were identified at the time of retro-description.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1970 to 1982 by Elwood Cowley in his political career as Provincial Secretary; Minister of Finance; Minister of Mineral Resources; Minister of Economic Development; Minister Responsible for the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; Crown Investments Corporation; Government Finance Office; Saskatchewan Computer Utility Corporation; Municipal Financing Corporation; Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation; Treasury Board; Liquor Board and Liquor Licensing Commission; and member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for Biggar.

Small volumes of records created by Ed Tchorzewski as Provincial Secretary (1972-1975); by Alexander Cameron as Minister of Mineral Resources (1966-1971); by Ted Bowerman as Minister of Mineral Resources (1971-1972); by Kim Thorson as Minister of Mineral Resources (1972-1973); by Jack Messer as Minister of Mineral Resources (1976-1980); by Garry Beatty as Deputy Minister of Finance/Secretary to Cabinet Planning Committee on Potash (1974-1977); and by Neil Byers as Minister Responsible for Liquor Board and Liquor Licensing Commission (1975-1978) are included.

Also included are political records Cowley created, accumulated, and used as a New Democratic Party caucus member.

The types or records included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, speeches, agendas and minutes, press releases, directives, budget preparation documentation, conference materials, applications for employment and resumes, sound recordings, photographs, and maps.

Public and private records are contained in this fonds.

Collection R-319 has been arranged into eight series: Cabinet; Conferences; Crown Corporations; Executive Council; Miscellaneous; Orders-in-Council; Treasury Board Items; and Treasury Board Minutes.

Collection R-525 has been arranged into seven series: Cabinet Agenda Items; Cabinet Minutes, and Budget Finalization; Crown Corporations; Miscellaneous Files; Orders-in-Council; Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS); and Treasury Board.

Collection R-1104 has been arranged into twelve series: Economic Development: Numerical series; Government Departments and Agencies: Mineral Resources: Numerical series; Government Departments and Agencies: Mineral Resources: Unnumbered series; Government Departments and Agencies: Mineral Resources-Potash: Unnumbered series; Constituency: Alphabetical series; Constituency: General: Unnumbered series; Government Departments and Agencies: General: Unnumbered series; Government Departments and Agencies: Provincial Secretary: Unnumbered series; Politics and Government: Unnumbered series; Liquor Board and Liquor Licensing Commission: Unnumbered series; Miscellaneous: Unnumbered series; and Speeches: Unnumbered series.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Elwood Cowley donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in six accessions between 1977 and 1983: R77-147 (May 24, 1977); R78-004 (January 12, 1978); R79-057 (March 13, 1979); R82-144 (May 4, 1982); R83-341 (July 6, 1983); and R83-522 (November 14, 1983).


Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention.

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  • English

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

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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

Finding aids

SAFA 142 (old guide GR 172) consists of a fonds level descriptions, file level listings of textual records, and item descriptions of photographs and some maps. See also guide GR 251 which contains items level descriptions of sound recordings.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Elwood Cowley as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Computer Utility Corporation (1975) are available in the Murray Koskie fonds (F 447).
Records created by Elwood Cowley as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation (1978-1982) and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation (1974-1978, 1980-1982) are located in the Jack Messer fonds (F 465).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Some maps have been retained in the textual records to preserve context.
Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale

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Textual Records: old guide GR 172 (R-319; R-525; R-1104)
Photographs: R-A24786; R-B12047; R-B12048
Audio Recording: Tape R-12791; Tape R-12792
Maps: R-1104m (a) to (h)

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F 13

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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Content of the fonds.
SAFA 148; SAFA 291
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