Dick Collver

Accountant, Person

1936 –


Who is Dick Collver?

Richard Lee "Dick" Collver led the Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party from 1973 to 1978.

He earned an arts degree in economics from the University of Alberta, and articled as an accountant for Price Waterhouse in Calgary before moving to Saskatchewan in 1965. He was defeated in a run for the Saskatoon mayoralty, but attracted the attention of the then-moribund Saskatchewan PC Party, and gained its leadership in 1973. The party under Collver began its road to revitalization, and won seven seats with over 28% of the vote in the 1975 election. They became the official opposition after winning two by-elections and convincing two Liberal Members of the Legislative Assembly, including Colin Thatcher, to defect to the PCs.

Though Collver's Tories won 38% of the vote and 17 MLAs in the 1978 election, Collver was disappointed with the result, feeling convinced he was going to win the election. He resigned the leadership, and formed the Unionest Party in 1980, which advocated the joining of Saskatchewan and other western provinces to the United States. The party soon folded, and Collver retired to a ranch he purchased in Wickenberg, Arizona.

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Feb 13, 1936

on July 23, 2013


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