David Steuart

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David Steuart
MLA
Leader of the Opposition in Saskatchewan
In office
1971–1976
Preceded by Allan Blakeney
Succeeded by Ted Malone
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for Prince Albert, Prince Albert-Duck Lake
In office
1962–1977
Preceded by Larry McIntosh
Succeeded by Norm Wipf
Personal details
Born (1916-01-26)January 26, 1916
Regina, Saskatchewan
Died November 5, 2010(2010-11-05) (aged 94)
Kelowna, British Columbia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Eunice Mary Cooke

David Gordon "Davey" Steuart (January 26, 1916 – November 5, 2010)[1] was a Saskatchewan politician, cabinet minister and Senator.[2]

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of Francis J. Steuart and Abbie Cory Thomas,[1] Steuart moved to Prince Albert with his family[2] in 1936. In the same year, he married Eunice Mary Cooke. Steuart served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He was elected to Prince Albert city council in 1951 and served as mayor from 1954 to 1958. He also served as president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.[1]

A member of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party's provincial executive he helped former Co-operative Commonwealth Federation MP Ross Thatcher win the Liberal Party's leadership convention in 1959 and also became president of the party that year.[2]

He failed in his 1960 bid to win a seat in the Saskatchewan legislature but won a by-election two years later and retained the Prince Albert seat in the 1964 provincial election that brought the Thatcher Liberals to power.[2]

Steuart was appointed Minister of Health in the provincial cabinet implementing the government's system of user fees for health care and, in 1965, became Minister of Natural Resources and Deputy Premier. In 1967, he became Minister of Finance.[2]

Steuart's budgets were blamed for the Liberal Party's defeat in the 1971 provincial election. Nevertheless, Steuart was elected party leader in December 1971 following Thatcher's death. He served as Leader of the Opposition for four years resigning the party leadership two days after the 1975 provincial election in which the party was badly defeated.[2]

He was appointed to the Canadian Senate in December 1975 and served until his retirement in 1991,[2] when he moved to Kelowna, British Columbia.[1]

Steuart died at home in Kelowna on November 5, 2010, at the age of 94.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "D.G. Steuart fonds". Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-20. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Lloyd, Steven (2006). "Steuart, David Gordon (1916–)". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  3. ^ "Sask. Liberal stalwart Davey Steuart dies at 94". CBC News. November 6, 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-10.

External links

  • David Steuart – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Saskatchewan Archives Board - Election Results By Electoral Division
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