Ken Krawetz

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Ken Krawetz
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Canora-Pelly
In office
June 21, 1995 – April 4, 2016
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Terry Dennis
Minister of Finance
In office
June 29, 2009 – May 21, 2015
Preceded by Rod Gantefoer
Succeeded by Kevin Doherty
Leader of the Opposition
In office
Preceded by Ron Osika
Succeeded by Elwin Hermanson
Personal details
Born (1951-04-15) April 15, 1951 (age 68)
Canora, Saskatchewan
Political party Saskatchewan Party
Other political
Liberal (1995–1997)
Spouse(s) Gail Krawetz
Residence Invermay, Saskatchewan

Kenneth Patrick "Ken" Krawetz (born April 15, 1951) is a Canadian former provincial politician. He was the Saskatchewan Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the constituency of Canora-Pelly, and was Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan and Deputy Leader of the Saskatchewan Party.[1]


Krawetz was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 1995 provincial election as a Liberal. He became Leader of the Opposition in 1996 when Jim Melenchuk was chosen Liberal Party leader as Melenchuk did not have a seat in the legislature. In 1997, Krawetz joined three other Liberal MLAs and four Progressive Conservative MLAs in leaving their respective parties in order to form the new Saskatchewan Party. He remained as Leader of the Opposition until the 1999 election of Saskatchewan Party leader Elwin Hermanson to the legislature.

When Brad Wall became leader of the party in 2004, he named Krawetz as Deputy Leader. Following the 2007 provincial election that saw the Saskatchewan Party take power for the first time, Wall appointed Krawetz to cabinet as Deputy Premier and Minister of Education.[2] In a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2010, Wall moved Krawetz to the Finance Ministry, while Krawetz retained his post as Deputy Premier.[3]

On April 28, 2014, Krawetz announced that he would not seek a new term in the 2016 election.[4] Krawetz was shuffled out of cabinet on May 21, 2015, but was given a role as Legislative Secretary on Saskatchewan-Ukraine relations.[5][6]


In January 2009, Ken Krawetz was presented with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise – the highest honour a non-citizen of Ukraine can receive – by Ukraine's president, Viktor Yushchenko, in recognition of Krawetz's efforts in ensuring the passage of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor Memorial Day) Act (Bill 40) through the Saskatchewan legislature; and in promoting awareness throughout the province of the Holodomor's 75th anniversary during 2007 and 2008.[7]


  1. ^ Canada, G.; Normandin, P.G. (1997). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Gale Canada. ISBN 9781896413433. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sask. Premier appoints cabinet". The Globe and Mail. November 21, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Sask. gets new finance minister". CBC News. June 29, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Finance Minister Ken Krawetz won't run in next election". CBC News. April 28, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Kevin Doherty to finance in cabinet shuffle for Saskatchewan". CBC News. May 21, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Wall shuffles cabinet; appoints new Sask. finance minister". CTV News. May 21, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz receives Ukraine's highest honour". Wadena News. Wadena, Saskatchewan. January 21, 2009. p. 1.

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