Fonds PR4187 - Albert Ludwig fonds

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Albert Ludwig fonds

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    • 1953-1971 (Creation)

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    4.88 m of textual records

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    Albert Ludwig was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan in 1919 and moved with his family to Rycroft, Alberta in 1921. He joined the Canadian Army in 1940 but transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He was shot down over France in 1944 and spent the remaining years of the Second World War in a prisoner of war camp. Upon returning to Canada, he attended the University of Alberta, where he received a combined degree in arts and law. He subsequently opened a legal practice in Calgary. He married Lavone Skaken (d. 1975), and together they had four children: Edward, Curt, Ellen and Joanne.

    Joining the Social Credit party in 1952, he was elected as a Social Credit MLA in 1959 for the electoral districts of Calgary North East (1959-1963), Calgary East (1963-1971) and Calgary-Mountain View (1971-1975). He served as Minister of Public Works (1969-1971). Although the Social Credit party was defeated in the 1971 election, he retained his seat until his defeat in the 1975 election.

    After leaving provincial politics, he returned to his legal practice. He ran unsuccessfully for federal office in 1979 and 1980. He was appointed as a judge for the Provincial Court of Alberta in 1980 and served until his retirement in 1989. He ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate in the 1997 provincial election and as a city councilor in the 1998 Calgary municipal election. He co-authored the Canadian Creed in 2006.

    He died in Calgary in 2019.

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    The fonds consists of the records of Albert Ludwig as the Minister of Public Works, including records received from his predecessors James Hartley and Fred Colborne that Ludwig received upon taking office. The files include administrative and operational subject files pertaining to the Queen's Printer, the Solid Waste Disposal Study Committee, the Space Committee, various provincial buildings in communities throughout the province, publicity, Building Design Department policies, the Building Owners and Managers Association, Canadian Western Natural Gas Company Limited, the Alberta Government Communications study, construction expenditures and overseas recruiting of architects and engineers.

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    The records were acquired through records schedule 1976/028.


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        Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required.

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        Includes accession GR1976.0313.

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