Lorne Calvert

The Reverend
Lorne Calvert
Calvert addressing media in 2007
13th Premier of Saskatchewan
In office
February 8, 2001  November 21, 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Lynda Haverstock
Gordon Barnhart
Preceded by Roy Romanow
Succeeded by Brad Wall
Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
In office
January 27, 2001  June 6, 2009
Preceded by Roy Romanow
Succeeded by Dwain Lingenfelter
Saskatchewan Leader of the Opposition
In office
November 21, 2007  June 6, 2009
Preceded by Brad Wall
Succeeded by Dwain Lingenfelter
Saskatchewan Minister of Health
In office
February 3, 1995  November 22, 1995
Premier Roy Romanow
Preceded by Louise Simard
Succeeded by Eric Cline
Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services
In office
November 22, 1995  September 21, 1998
Premier Roy Romanow
Preceded by Bob Pringle
Succeeded by Harry Van Mulligen
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
March 19, 2001  June 30, 2009
Preceded by Roy Romanow
Succeeded by Danielle Chartier
Constituency Saskatoon Riversdale
In office
October 20, 1986  August 16, 1999
Preceded by Arthur L. (Bud) Smith
Succeeded by Deb Higgins
Constituency Moose Jaw Wakamow (1991–1999)
Moose Jaw South (1986–1991)
Personal details
Born Lorne Albert Calvert
(1952-12-24) December 24, 1952
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Political party New Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Saskatchewan (Regina Campus and St. Andrew's College)
Profession Minister

Lorne Albert Calvert, SOM (born December 24, 1952) was the 13th Premier of Saskatchewan, from 2001 to 2007. Calvert, was the leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party from 2001 to June 6, 2009, when he was succeeded by Dwain Lingenfelter.

Early life and career

Calvert was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 1975, Calvert married Betty Sluzalo of Perdue, Saskatchewan. After attending the then-Regina Campus and the St. Andrew's College seminary in Saskatoon, he was ordained as minister of the United Church of Canada in 1976 and served as minister of several rural congregations. From 1979 to 1986, Calvert was the minister of the substantial pastoral charge of Zion United Church in Moose Jaw.

Entry into provincial politics

He entered provincial politics in the 1986 provincial election, running as a New Democrat on a platform of prohibiting the construction of a proposed casino in Moose Jaw. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the constituency of Moose Jaw South.

He was re-elected in the 1991 and 1995 elections in the riding of Moose Jaw Wakamow. He did not run in the 1999 election, and was succeeded by Deb Higgins.

Following the resignation of NDP leader and Premier Roy Romanow, Calvert won the NDP leadership, and became premier on February 8, 2001. He was re-elected to the legislature in a by-election in Romanow's riding of Saskatoon Riversdale.

Premier of Saskatchewan

Calvert and the NDP narrowly defeated the centre-right opposition Saskatchewan Party in the 2003 provincial election. The NDP won 30 seats of the 58 seats in the election. During the campaign, Calvert apologized for an internal cartoon that had been leaked to the media. It depicted Saskatchewan Party leader Elwin Hermanson loading NDP sympathizers onto rail cars. The cartoon referred to speculation that, if elected, Hermanson would replace civil servants who were NDP supporters with Saskatchewan Party supporters. B'nai Brith Canada stated that the cartoon "trivializes the crimes of the Holocaust and causes undeserved anguish to those who survived that evil regime".[1][2]

Calvert had a cameo appearance (as himself) in "Ruby Newsday", one of the episodes of Corner Gas, a comedy series set in Saskatchewan.

Calvert was also engaged in a war of words with federal Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott over how the clawback of non-renewable resource revenues from the equalization formula as implemented in the 2007 federal budget. Calvert argued that the province would get less under the new federal formula.[3]

Calvert and his government were defeated in the 2007 provincial election, dropping to 20 seats while the Saskatchewan Party under Brad Wall won a majority government with 38.

Federal New Democratic Party spokesman Brad Lavigne later told reporters that the party had asked Calvert to consider standing as a candidate in the 2008 federal election.[4] Calvert declined the offer, although he stated that he would work hard to assist the party's federal candidates.[5]

Retirement from politics

Calvert announced his retirement as party leader on October 16, 2008. Dwain Lingenfelter was chosen to be his successor on June 6, 2009.

Currently, Calvert is the principal at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon.[6]

He is a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.[7]


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