Gardiner, James Garfield National Historic Person

Melville, Saskatchewan
Rt. Hon. James Garfield Gardiner. (© Alexandra Studio / Library and Archives Canada | Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-052491)
James Garfield Gardiner
(© Alexandra Studio / Library and Archives Canada | Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-052491)
Address : Melville Regional Park, Melville, Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1975-11-28
Life Date: 1883 to 1962

Other Name(s):
  • Gardiner, James Garfield  (Designation Name)

Importance: Premier of Saskatchewan (1926-29, 1934-35), federal Minister of Agriculture (1935-57)

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  1260 Prince Edward Street, Melville, Saskatchewan

Born in Ontario, "Jimmy" Gardiner became one of the most successful and powerful politicians in western Canada. He first entered the Saskatchewan Legislature as a Liberal in 1914, and was not defeated at the polls until 1958. Twice Premier of Saskatchewan (1926-29 and 1934-36), he was elected to the House of Commons in 1936, and served as Minister of Agriculture from 1936 to 1957. A combative, intensely partisan politician, Gardiner was for years the bulwark of his party in the West, and the voice of the prairie farmer in Ottawa. He died at Lemberg, Saskatchewan.