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W. Ross Thatcher
|Term of Office:|| 2 May 1964–|
30 June 1971
|Predecessor:||Woodrow S. Lloyd|
|Date of Birth:||24 May 1917|
|Date of Death:||22 July 1971|
Thatcher was a Moose Jaw-based businessman who developed an interest in politics shortly after the birth of his son, Colin Thatcher, in 1938. He joined the Moose Jaw Young Liberal Association and was soon elected an alderman of the city. In 1941, he switched parties to the CCF and was elected to Parliament four years later. In 1955, he left the CCF and sat out his term as an Independent MP before running unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 1957 federal election.
Having switched to provincial politics, he led the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan to victory in the 1964 provincial election, defeating the New Democratic Party, which had governed the province since the 1944 election.
Despite the 'Liberal' label, Thatcher's government was considered to be very right wing for its time, and Thatcher often clashed with the federal Liberal governments of Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau.
On 22 July 1971, Thatcher died in his sleep, apparently as a result of complications from a heart condition. His daughter-in-law, JoAnn Thatcher, later claimed she suspected the death was a suicide, though this has never been formally substantiated.
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