Fonds paa-6879 - Office of the Premier sous-fonds

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Office of the Premier sous-fonds

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PAA paa-6879

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98.45 m of textual records and other material.

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<em>Dates of Founding and/or Dissolution:</em> Alberta's first Premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, was appointed on September 9, 1905 by Alberta's Lieutenant Governor George H.V. Bulyea. <em>Functional Responsibility: </em> No provision is made for the Office of the Premier in <em>An Act to establish and provide for the Government of the Province of Alberta,</em> more commonly known as <em>The Alberta Act</em>, which came into force September 1, 1905. The position of Premier is in many respects more a matter of convention and tradition. The leader of the political party holding the majority in the Legislative Assembly is designated Premier by the Lieutenant Governor. The Office of the Premier provides the Premier with administrative assistance; this includes scheduling his appointments and taking calls from the public. The Office of the Premier is coordinated by a Chief of Staff, who oversees the staff required to run the Office. The Public Affairs Bureau reports to both the Office of the Premier and the Executive Council Office. <em> Predecessor and Successor Bodies: </em> Prior to the establishment of Alberta as a province and the appointment of a Premier of Alberta, Sir Frederick W.A.G. Haultain served as the first and only Premier of the Northwest Territories, from 1897 to 1905. <em> Administrative Relationships: </em> The Premier is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. The Office of the Premier reports to the Premier. <em>Administrative Structure: </em> In 2003, the Office of the Premier was comprised of a Chief of Staff, a Deputy Chief of Staff, a Director of Communications, a Director of Scheduling and a Southern Alberta Office of the Premier. <em> Names of the Corporate bodies: </em> The Premier is also known as the President of the Executive Council and has been known as the Chairman of the Executive Council. <em> Names of Chief Officers: </em> Premiers:;Alexander C. Rutherford, 1905-1910;Arthur L. Sifton, 1910-1917;Charles Stewart, 1917-1921;Herbert Greenfield, 1921-1925;John E. Brownlee, 1925-1934;Richard G. Reid, 1934-1935;William Aberhart, 1935-1943;Ernest C. Manning, 1943-1968;Harry E. Strom, 1968-1971;E. Peter Lougheed, 1971-1985;Donald R. Getty, 1985-1992;Ralph P. Klein, 1992-present

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The sous-fonds consists of the Director of Communications records from 1965 to 1985, Office of the Premier miscellaneous records from 1934 to 1984, Office of the Premier news clipping files from 1971 to 1982, the London Agent-General's records (Herbert Greenfield) from 1927 to 1931, and Premiers' records from 1921 to 1971.

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Includes ca. 5000 photographs, ca. 500 transparencies, 2 maps, 2 chart, 10 blueprints, 10 plans, 20 printed drawings.

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Records are transferred from the Office as per Government Records Schedules and direct transfers.


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  • This material is in English.

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Subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.;Subject to the Copyright Act.

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The Premier's papers from GR1969.289 have been microfilmed; please consult microfilmed copies of these records. According to the Records Management Regulations enacted under the Government Organization Act, a Minister's records (departmental and cabinet) created after April 1, 1995 are considered the property of the Crown, and therefore government records. Records created prior to that date are considered the personal property of the Minister. For Premier's records that fall under this category, specifically those of Ernest Manning, Harry Strom, Peter Lougheed and Don Getty, please see their own personal fonds.

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