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Monday, December 11, 2017

A ceremony to launch the Grave Sites of Saskatchewan Premiers program was held in the Saskatchewan Gallery at the Legislative Building on Monday, December 18, 2006.  The ceremony unveiled the plaques that will mark the Premiers' gravesites, as well as a colour booklet profiling their political careers.

Attending the ceremony were Lieutenant Governor Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Minister of Culture, Youth and Recreation Glenn Hagel, and University of Regina Professor of History Dr. William Brennan.  Chief of Protocol Deborah Saum was Master of Ceremonies.  Family members of the former premiers also attended.

Grave Sites of Saskatchewan Premiers (English)

Grave Sites of Saskatchewan Premiers (French)

News Release

"Saskatchewan's first nine premiers came from a variety of political parties and very different backgrounds, but they shared a deep love of our province," said His Honour the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart.

"The Gravesites of Saskatchewan Premiers Program demonstrates our respect and gratitude for their remarkable contributions."

"The plaques and the booklet celebrate the lives of nine men who left an indelible mark on the province with their passion and dedication to provincial politics," Minister Glenn Hagel said.  "They demonstrated an enduring affection for our democratic system of government and a deep love of the province."

"These Premiers were men with distinct backgrounds, ideologies, and personalities.  They lived in different decades and dealt with different issues, and every single one of them made a real impact in Saskatchewan.  They demonstrated an enduring affection for our democratic system of government and a deep love of the province."

"We are here this morning to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of these nine Premiers of Saskatchewan.  For a time each was the public face of our province," said Dr. William J. Brennan, Professor of History at the University of Regina.  "Each wielded great power and influence as Premier.  Each was in the public spotlight, his actions constantly praised or criticized in the media.

"Their careers continue to fascinate historians and political scientists.  By my calculation, these nine men have collectively been the subject of nine book-length biographies, 10 chapters in books, 10 articles in scholarly journals, and several unpublished graduate theses."



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