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Romanow, Hon. Roy - Premier of Saskatchewan

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at 10:25 p.m.

Romanow, Hon. Roy
Premier of Saskatchewan

Roy Romanow was born, raised, and educated in Saskatoon. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan where he earned his Arts and Law Degrees. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and was re-elected in 1971, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1991 and 1995.

Between 1971 and 1982, Roy Romanow served as the Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan in the New Democratic Party government of Allan Blakeney.

Throughout those 11 years, he also served as Saskatchewan's Attorney General, and was responsible for the introduction of many justice system reforms, including: the introduction of a provincial legal aid plan; the creation of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission; the introduction of a Saskatchewan Human Rights Code; and the creation of the Provincial Ombudsman's Office.

In 1979, Mr. Romanow was appointed Saskatchewan's first Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. As Premier Blakeney's lead minister in this important field, Roy Romanow was one of the key players in the federal-provincial negotiations which resulted in the Constitutional Accord of November, 1981. In 1984, he co-authored a book on those negotiations, Canada Notwithstanding.

Upon his re-election in October, 1986, Roy Romanow served as Opposition House Leader for the New Democratic Party Caucus. He also served as Caucus spokesperson on federal-provincial affairs and Economic Development and Trade issues.

On November 7, 1987 Mr. Romanow was acclaimed Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party to succeed Allan Blakeney. On October 21, 1991 Mr. Romanow led the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party to a 55 seat majority government, and assumed the duties of Premier on November 1, 1991.

During its first term, the Romanow government introduced numerous fiscal, economic and social reforms, including a comprehensive Child Action Plan and the creation of a Children's Advocate,legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, the Partnership for Renewal economic strategy, far-reaching health reform based on the "Wellness" model, and the delivery of Saskatchewan's first balanced budget in over 12 years.

Mr. Romanow's New Democratic Party Government was re-elected with a 42 seat majority on June 21, 1995.

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