Series - Government Agent (Ottawa) records

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Government Agent (Ottawa) records

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    • 1934, 1948-1971 (Creation)

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    10.76 m of textual records

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    Administrative history

    In 1949, Executive Council appointed W. Rex Whaley (1888-1951) as the Alberta Government Agent in Ottawa. The initial role of the Government Agent was to promote trade in Alberta goods, such as coal, oil, natural gas, and agricultural products, to Ontario markets.

    James J. Frawley (1893-1975) replaced Whaley as Government Agent in 1952. Formerly a solicitor with the Canadian Pacific Railway, he had worked in the Ministry of the Attorney General from 1924-1948 as a solicitor and criminal prosecutor in a variety of high profile cases. He also served as legal counsel for several boards and commissions, including work with the Board of Public Utilities Commissioners, the federal Royal Commission on the Natural Resources of Alberta in 1934, and the provincial royal commission on fuel oil costs in 1939.

    In 1948, Frawley's position was transferred to Executive Council where he served as Special Counsel, which often involved representing the province in Ottawa at various boards and commissions, such as the federal Board of Transport Commissioners with respect to freight rates. With Frawley's appointment as Government Agent, the role of position shifted to acting as a representative for the province regarding federal matters in a variety of proceedings, including the hearings of royal commissions and regulatory bodies pertaining to oil, gas, coal, pipelines, broadcasting, transportation, railways and other federal issues.

    In 1971, Executive Council transferred responsibility for the Ottawa Office to the new Ministry of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs.

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    The series consists of records of the Alberta Government Agent in Ottawa pertaining to that office's role in representing Alberta in federal-provincial relations. The files include correspondence, reports, transcripts, and reference material pertaining to railways, freight rates, the federal Royal Commission on Transportation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, federal-provincial conferences, health care, constitutional issues, agriculture, oil, natural gas, coal, policing, Brazeau Collieries, CKUA, pipelines, and other issues. The records also include James J. Frawley's copies of exhibits presented to the federal Royal Commission on the Natural Resources of Alberta (1934).

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    The records were acquired by direct transfer and records schedules 1972/024, 1976/073, and 1983/059.


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        Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required.

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        Includes accessions GR1971.0271, GR1972.0174, GR1972.0278, GR1972.0464, GR1976.0422, GR1983.0215, and GR1986.0009.

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