Fonds PR3034 - Bill Dickie fonds

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Bill Dickie fonds

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    • 1971-1976 (Creation)

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    12.64 m of textual records

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    William Daniel Dickie was born in Macleod, Alberta (later known as Fort Macleod) in 1925. After graduating from high school in 1944, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Alberta, earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1948. He then attended law school at the University of British Columbia but ultimately finished his law degree at the University of Alberta in 1951. He opened a law practice in Calgary, often in the oil industry. He helped provide the legal framework for the first listing of a Canadian company on the American Stock Exchange.

    He married Jean McPherson (d. 1979) in 1952, and together they had three children: Lorraine (Deeks) (1953-2017), Barbara, and Bill. He later married Ellen Ann (Nan) Devonshire.

    He began his political career serving as an alderman for the City of Calgary from 1961-1964. In 1963, Mr. Dickie was elected as a Liberal MLA for the electoral district of Calgary-Glenmore for the Alberta Liberal Party. In 1969, he crossed the floor and joined the Conservative Party. He served as the Minister of Mines and Minerals (1971-1975). He retired at the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly in 1975.

    After leaving office, he continued practicing law in Calgary. He also helped found the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

    He died in Calgary in 2019.

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    The fonds consists of records pertaining to Dickie's term as the Minister of Mines and Minerals. The files include correspondence, minutes, development policies, legal opinions, and reports related to cabinet committees, Dome Petroleum, Husky Oil, Syncrude, oil sands, gas and oil prices, coal mines and companies, Middle Eastern oil producing countries, oil and gas royalties, exploration, foreign investment, legislation, federal energy policies, the National Energy Board, and other records related to energy and natural resources.

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    In 1979, Tom Woods, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Alberta Energy and Natural Resources, donated the material comprising PR 1979.0053 to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. In 1982, Merv Leitch, former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, donated the material comprising PR1982.0148 to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accessions PR1979.0053 and PR1982.0148.

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