Fonds PR1506 - Len F. Werry fonds

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Len F. Werry fonds

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    • 1967-1971 (Creation)

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    1.08 m of textual records. -- 7 maps.

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    Leonard (Len) Frank Werry was born May 30, 1927 in Cereal, Alberta. He was the son of J. Ernest and Johanna (Peterson) Werry. The family moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1935. Len was educated at the Western Canada High School in Calgary, Alberta and at Garbutts Business College. He was designated a Registered Industrial Accountant (R.I.A.) by the Society of Industrial and Cost Accountants. He married Eleanor May De Caux (1929-2003) on March 13, 1954; they had five children: Charlen (Meldrum), Brian, Leonard Bruce, Sheldon and Spencer (1962-2013).

    Len worked for three and a half years as a business assessor in the Taxation Division of the Department of National Revenue, and then was a partner in the public accounting firm of Werry, Young and Company (Co.). He ran as a conservative candidate in the 1967 provincial election and was elected to the provincial legislature for the Calgary-Bowness constituency; he was the spokesman on labour for the Conservative Party. Len was reelected in 1971 for the Calgary-Foothills constituency and was appointed Minister of Telephones and Utilities on September 10, 1971.

    Len was killed in a car accident on February 25, 1973.

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    The records had been in the care of the Department of Utilities and Telecommunications.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of Len F. Werry’s records from his time as a member of the opposition from 1967 to 1971, and includes correspondence, notes, reports, legislation, publications, pamphlets, newsletters and newspaper clippings regarding a variety of issues including adoption, education, health insurance, mental health, pollution, public welfare, roads and highways, strip mining, taxation and trade-unions.

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    Mrs. E.M. Werry, Len Werry’s wife, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1984.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from the records, from the Canadian Parliamentary Guide, and from the February 27, 1973 Edmonton Journal.

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        Includes accession PR1984.0405.

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