News Release - July 31, 2013
A TRIBUTE TO WALTER SCOTT, THE FIRST PREMIER OF SASKATCHEWAN
Today, Premier Brad Wall unveiled the new, life-size, bronze statue of Walter Scott at the north end of the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in front of the Legislative Building. He also announced that a section of Lakeshore Drive north of Legislative Drive is now named Walter Scott Way.
"Walter Scott was our first premier and father of confederation," Wall said. "But I do not believe he has received the recognition he so richly deserves for his vision for Saskatchewan and for his great personal sacrifice and effort to build the foundation for this great province."
Walter Scott chose Regina as the province’s capital and oversaw the construction of the Legislative Building. The Scott administration promoted the formation of the Saskatchewan Co-operative (Grain) Elevator Company, established telephone service to farm families and set up equal administration of public and separate schools. Scott also oversaw the creation of the University of Saskatchewan in 1907 – the first university in Canada with an integrated agricultural college.
“It is fitting that we acknowledged Walter Scott and the legacy he left behind as we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Legislative Building in 2012,” Minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Kevin Doherty said. “This statue and interpretive panel will serve as a focal point for educating our growing population about our history as we look to the future.”
Shirley and Don Begg of Cochrane, Alberta created this memorial statue. Their winning design proposal was selected by an advisory committee after an Expression of Interest process in August 2012.
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