Fonds PR4167 - Jim Foster fonds

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Jim Foster fonds

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    • 1958-1979 (Creation)

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    12.61 m of textual records

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    James L. Foster was born in Edmonton in 1940. His family moved to Red Deer in 1945, where he went to elementary and high school. He attended the University of Alberta, receiving degrees in commerce and law. After graduation, he worked as the city solicitor for the City of Red Deer and served on the boards of several local community organizations. He married Laura Diane Love in 1963.

    After an unsuccessful campaign in 1967, he was elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA in 1971 for the Red Deer electoral district. He served as Minister of Advanced Education (1971-1975) and Attorney General (1975-1979). He retired from provincial politics at the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly in 1979.

    After provincial politics, he established a law firm in Red Deer in 1979. He was appointed as a Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench in 1991, becoming a supernumerary judge in 2006.

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    The fonds consists of the records of Jim Foster pertaining to his terms as a provincial cabinet minister. The records are divided into the following series:

    • Minister of Advanced Education records, including records received by Foster from his predecessors Anders Aalborg, Hugh McKinnon, Raymond Reierson, and Bob Clark as Minster of Education when the advanced education function was part of the Ministry of Education; and
    • Attorney General records, including records from his predecessor Merv Leitch that Foster received upon taking office.

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