Saskatoon, Saskatchewan , Canada
|| December 24, 1954
Dec 26, 2006 04:39pm
|Info||Lorne Calvert was born, raised and educated in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. After high school, he attended university in Regina (economics) and in Saskatoon (theology). Lorne was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 1976 and served congregations in Perdue, Gravelbourg, Bateman, Shamrock, Coderre, and Palmer. He then served as Minister of Zion United Church in Moose Jaw from 1979 until 1986. |
Mr. Calvert was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986 as the representative for Moose Jaw South, and was re-elected in 1991 and 1995 as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw Wakamow. In 2001 he was elected MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale.
In 1992, he was appointed to Cabinet as Associate Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for the Wakamow Valley Authority. From September 1992 until January 1993, he also served as Minister Responsible for SaskPower and SaskEnergy, and sat as Deputy Chair of the Crown Corporations Committee and as a member of the Legislature’s Standing Committee on the Environment.
In February 1995, Mr. Calvert was appointed Minister of Health, and in the fall of that year his Cabinet appointment was changed to that of Minister of Social Services. In that capacity, he was also Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission and Minister Responsible for Seniors. In 1997, the responsibility for Disabilities Issues was added to his portfolio.
Mr. Calvert was elected Leader of the New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan on January 27, 2001, and assumed the duties of Premier on February 8, 2001.
In November 2003 Mr. Calvert lead his government to a re-election victory, and a fourth consecutive term for the New Democratic Party.
Premier Calvert and his wife Betty have two children.