Bill McKnight

William Hunter McKnight SOM PC (July 12, 1940 – October 4, 2019) was a Canadian politician who served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1979 to 1993, and also served as the Treaty Commissioner for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Bill McKnight
The Honourable Bill McKnight, PC
Member of Parliament
for Kindersley—Lloydminster
In office
May 22, 1979  November 24, 1993
Succeeded byElwin Hermanson
Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan
In office
Personal details
William Hunter McKnight

(1940-07-12)July 12, 1940
Elrose, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedOctober 4, 2019(2019-10-04) (aged 79)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Canada
OccupationPolitician, farmer


Born in Wartime, Saskatchewan, he served as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of National Defence during the first Gulf War, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of Labour in the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney. He was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on September 17, 1984. He was the Honorary Chief of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. A 36-acre (15 ha) parcel of commercial land in Saskatoon was named after McKnight by the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in recognition of his role in creating federal policy for Land Claims Settlements. It is known as the McKnight Commercial Centre. McKnight died in Saskatoon on October 4, 2019 at the age of 79.[1][2]

Airbus affair

McKnight testified on the first day of the Airbus Affair inquiry on 30 March 2009.


He was a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.[3]


Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Member of Parliament from Kindersley—Lloydminster
Succeeded by
Elwin Hermanson
Political offices
Preceded by
André Ouellet
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
Succeeded by
Bobbie Sparrow
Preceded by
David Crombie
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Succeeded by
Pierre Cadieux
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