Hagel, Hon. Glenn
New Democrat MLA, Moose Jaw North
On February 29, 1996, Glenn Hagel, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw North, became the first Speaker to be elected in Saskatchewan in a private ballot by all MLAs.
Speaker Hagel was born in Beiseker, Alberta on August 17, 1949. He attended the Universities of Manitoba and Regina, convocating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba.
In his professional career, Mr. Hagel worked as a counsellor for troubled teens, an adult educator and administrator, a seminar leader/consultant in middle management supervisory training and as Director of an agency that provides homes and training for mentally challenged adults.
Speaker Hagel was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1986, and was re-elected in 1991 and 1995. During his first term as an Opposition Member, he had a Private Member's Bill passed, declaring April 28th as an official day of mourning in Saskatchewan for workers killed or injured on the job. From 1988 to '96, he was the Government Caucus Chair, and in his second term he chaired the all-party Select Committee on Driving Safety and served the Legislative Assembly as Deputy Chair of Committees.
In 1996, Mr. Hagel became the first Speaker in Canada to undertake a parliamentary outreach program, travelling to 58 schools in 34 Saskatchewan constituencies. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Internal Economy and as President of both the Saskatchewan and Canadian branches of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.