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Fredrick W. G. Haultain

The Honourable Sir Frederick William Gordon Haultain


1912 - 1938   Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

Frederick W.G. Haultain was born in 1857 near Woolwich, England. His family immigrated to Canada in 1860. He attended the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar in 1882.

Mr. Haultain practised law in Fort Macleod, in what was then the North-West Territories. He became active in politics, and in 1888 he was elected to the Territorial Assembly. In 1897 he became the first premier of the North-West Territories. In Saskatchewan’s first provincial election in 1905, he led the opposition Provincial Rights Party, which sought greater provincial control over land, resources and development.

In 1912 he retired from politics and was appointed Saskatchewan’s second Chief Justice. He retained this position when the court system was reorganized in 1918 to provide for a trial court and a separate appeal court. Chief Justice Haultain was knighted in 1916. He served as the Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 1917 until 1939. He served as Chief Justice until 1938.

The Honourable Sir Frederick W.G. Haultain passed away on January 30, 1942. Chief Justice Martin said of him, “No judge in Western Canada was held in higher esteem by his brothers of the bench and the members of the bar.”

Haultain Elementary School, located on Edgar Street in Regina, was named after him. The school closed in 2015, making way for “Haultain Crossing”, a Habitat for Humanity development.

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