James Wilfrid Gardiner

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James Wilfrid "Wilf" Gardiner (July 27, 1924 – October 3, 2002)[1] was a farmer, civil servant and political figure in Saskatchewan. He represented Melville from 1956 to 1967 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a Liberal.

He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of cabinet minister (and future premier) James Garfield Gardiner and Violet[1] McEwen,[2] and was educated in Regina, in Lemberg, in Ottawa, at Luther College in Regina and at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1946, he married Margaret I. Hudgin; in the same year, he returned to Lemberg, where he began farming; later becoming a general business agent. Gardiner also served as Lemberg's town clerk, as secretary for the local school board and secretary for the Lemberg Rural Telephone Company,[1] he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Last Mountain seat in the provincial assembly in 1948 and 1952[3] before being elected in 1956. He unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party in 1954 and 1959.[4] Gardiner served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Public Works,[1] he was defeated by John Kowalchuk when he ran for reelection in 1967.[3] After leaving politics, he operated a hotel in Bienfait and then the Regina Hotel in Regina, from 1968 to 1971, he was deputy Minister for Co-operation and Co-operative Development.[1] He was defeated by Walter Smishek when he ran in the provincial riding of Regina North East in 1971,[3] he ran unsuccessfully for the Qu'Appelle—Moose Mountain seat in the Canadian House of Commons in 1974.[4] Gardiner died in Regina at the age of 78.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "James W. Gardiner fonds". Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  2. ^ "James G. Gardiner fonds". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Saskatchewan Election Results By Electoral Division" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives Board. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Quiring, Brett (2004). Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present. Canadian Plains Research Center Press. pp. 87–88. ISBN 0889771650. Retrieved 2012-07-01.