Fonds PR0225 - Peter Elzinga fonds

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Peter Elzinga fonds

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    • 1980-1992 (Creation)

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    33.08 m of textual records
    128 photographs
    1 video cassette

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    Biographical history

    Peter Elzinga was born on April 6, 1944 in Edmonton, Alberta to Peter Elzinga and Susan Laanstra. He received his education from Bonnie Doon Composite High School and the Alberta School of Economic Science and Social Philosophy. After graduation, he worked as rancher and a farmer. He married Patricia Nanninga of Edmonton on May 18, 1965. Peter and Patricia had three children: Gregory, Roger and Peter Burl.

    Peter Elzinga began his political career at the federal level when he was elected to the House of Commons in 1974 as a Member of Parliament for Pembina. Peter Elzinga served as the President of the Progressive Conservative (P.C.) Association of Canada (1983-1986) and Chairman of the 1983 P.C. Leadership Convention.

    He resigned from federal politics in 1986 and was elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the electoral district of Sherwood Park. He served as Minister of Agriculture (1986-1989), Minister of Economic Development and Trade (1989-1992), Deputy Premier (1992-1993), Minister responsible for government reorganization (1992-1993), and Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs (1992-1993). While in office, he served as co-chairman of Ralph Klein's bid for party leader in 1992. He did not seek re-election at the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly in 1993.

    After leaving office, Elzinga continued in provincial politics, serving as the Chairman for the P.C. Provincial Campaign in 1993 and 1997. He was the Executive Director for the Progresive Conservatives of Alberta (1993-1998, 2005-2010). He acted as Chief of Staff to Premier Ralph Klein (1998-2004). He served on a variety of community and corporate boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, Servus Credit Union, Edmonton Power, Edmonton Northlands Park, and the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Edmonton . He also served as Honourary Consul for the Federative Republic of Brazil

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    The fonds consists of records created, used, or received during Peter Elzinga's term as Minister of Economic Trade and Development and during his term as Minister of Agriculture. The fonds consists of ministerial correspondence with municipal, federal, and provincial constituents, associations, societies, companies and other government agencies; annotated pamphlets and minutes of meetings; publications; and news releases.

    The fonds is divided into two series:

    • Minister of Agriculture records, including records from his predecessor Leroy Fjordbotten that Elzinga received upon taking office; and
    • Minister of Economic Development records

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    The Department of Economic Development and Tourism transferred some of Elzinga's ministerial records in 1998. In 2001 and 2006, Peter Elzinga donated additional material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


    Original order maintained. However, original classification numbers were not consistently used by Elzinga's office, and were omitted from current file titles and file lists at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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