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The Honourable William Hunter "Bill" McKnight, PC (born July 12, 1940) is a former Canadian politician who serves as the Treaty Commissioner for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Bill McKnight, PC


Born in Elrose, 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 is 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.

Airbus affair

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


McKnight was known by his Agriculture Canada staff for his strong colourful language.

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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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