Fonds PR4209 - Raymond Speaker fonds

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Raymond Speaker fonds

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    • 1923-1971, predominant 1966-1971 (Creation)

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    0.69 m of textual records
    6 photographs

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    Raymond Albert Speaker was born in Enchant, Alberta in 1935. After attending the University of Alberta, he taught in the local school system. He married Ingrid Marie Schwab in 1966.

    He was elected as a Social Credit MLA in 1963 for the Little Bow electoral district. He served as a Minister without Portfolio (1967-1968), Minister of Public Welfare (1968-1969), and Minister of Social Development (1969-1971). He also served as the chair of the Human Resources Development Authority.

    Although the Social Credit Party lost the 1971 election, Speaker retained his seat in the Legislative Assembly. He remained a Social Credit MLA until resigning from caucus in 1982 to sit as an independent. He served as the founding leader of the Representative Party of Alberta from 1984-1985 and was a member until 1989, when he crossed the floor to join the Progressive Conservative party. After the 1989 provincial election, he served as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1989-1992). He resigned in 1992 after receiving the Reform Party of Canada nomination to run as a federal candidate. He won his seat and served as the MP for the Lethbridge federal electoral district until the dissolution of Parliament in advance of the 1997 election.

    After retiring from politics, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 and received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Lethbridge in 2003.

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    The fonds consists of records created and received by Raymond Speaker during his tenure as a provincial cabinet minister. The records primarily consists of files created while serving as the minister responsible for personnel, including the Personnel Administration Office, which include minutes of the Civil Service Joint Council (1923-1971) and files regarding individual departments.

    The fonds also includes press releases issued in 1969 by the Ministry of Social Development and photographs of past Ministers of Public Welfare and Ministers of Social Development).

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    The records were acquired by direct transfer from departments and Executive Council.


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        Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes all or parts of accessions GR1970.0005, GR1970.0432, GR1970.0448 GR1971.0385, and GR1979.0025.

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