Fonds PR0293 - Larry Shaben fonds

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Larry Shaben fonds

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    • 1987-1989 (Creation)

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    8.10 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Lawrence Ralph Shaben was born on March 20, 1935 in Hanna, Alberta to Albert Mohammed and Lila (nee Kazeil) Shaben. After the family moved to Edmonton in 1945, he attended Eastwood High School, graduating in 1953. He attended the University of Alberta but left before completing his degree. He married Alma Amina (1928-2021), daughter of Rikia and Samuel Saddy, on July 8, 1960. Together they had five children: Linda, Carol, Larry, James, and Joan. He moved to High Prairie in 1966 and operated a general store. From 1968 until 1970, he was the President of the High Prairie Chamber of Commerce in High Prairie, Alberta and also served as a Town Councilor in High Prairie from 1969 until 1974.

    In 1975, Shaben was first elected to the Alberta Legislature as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Lesser Slave Lake electoral district. He served as Minister of Utilities and Telephones (1979-1982), Minister of Housing (1982-1986), and Minister of Economic Development and Trade (1986-1989). He was the first Muslim to serve in a Canadian provincial cabinet. On October 19, 1984, Shaben was one of four survivors of a plane crash in northern Alberta that claimed the lives of six people, including Grant Notley, the Leader of the Official Opposition. He retired at the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly in 1989.

    After leaving office, he sold his business and moved to Edmonton. He operated several business and served on the boards of several businesses. He was also involved in the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities.

    He died in Edmonton in 2008.

    Custodial history

    The Department of Economic Development and Trade deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1998.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of records created and received by Larry Shaben during his tenure as the Minister of Economic Development and Trade. The files include correspondence, reports, budgets, minutes of meetings and subject files pertaining to manufacturing construction, engineering, recycling, international trade, tourism, trade missions, transportation, small business, film and television. The fonds also includes Shaben's files pertaining to caucus activities.

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    The records were acquired by transfer from the department.


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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information in the Biographical sketch was obtained from the Canadian Parliamentary Guide, Spring 1989 and from an online version of the Canadian Parliamentary Review, Vol. 7 no 4 1984 located at\_83e.htm, and accessed on March 21, 2002. It was supplemented with additional online sources in 2022.

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