Member Statement
(27 March 2018)

From Hansard - 27 March 2018

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Remembering Charles Red Williams

Hon. Mr. Stewart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday Saskatchewan lost an extraordinary and influential individual; Charles Red Williams passed away at the age of 93. Born in 1925 at Richardson, Saskatchewan, Red fought for Canada during WWII. After the war he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in Animal Sciences from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. [Doctor of Philosophy] from Oregon State University.

Red returned to Saskatchewan in 1954 where he began teaching students in agriculture and veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. At the U of S [University of Saskatchewan], he was at the forefront of introducing crossbreeding of beef cattle to Western Canada and his research on the dwarf gene in Herefords and on bull fertility was cutting edge.

Mr. Speaker, Red’s list of achievements is immense, far too long to read off entirely here. He was a member of the Order of Canada, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame, but to name a few. But he may be best remembered for his involvement in the community.

He produced over 300 newspaper columns; handled over 1,500 rural- and agricultural-related speaking events where he was an entertaining and sometimes fiery speaker, and produced over 4,000 radio editorials during his career. Red will be greatly missed but his influence will prominently remain throughout this province for decades to come.

On behalf of this entire Assembly, I’d like to acknowledge Red for all he has done for Saskatchewan and for agriculture and to extend our thoughts and prayers to his family at this very difficult time. Thank you.

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