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Gallaway, Ronald John - 1994
Gardiner, James Garfield - 1972
Gaudet, Ronald - 2003
Gibbings, Charles William - 1988
Gjesdal, J. Harvey - 1992
Gleave, Alfred Pullen - 2000
Gramiak, Larry Ronald - 2004
Grant, Douglas H. - 1995
Greenshields, John Edward Ross - 1988
Greyeyes, Harold - 1992

PortraitAlfred Pullen Gleave

Alf Gleave, farm leader who worked for social change, was born June 6, 1911 in Oxford County , Ontario . He came west with his family to a farm near Swanson in 1918. He received his primary schooling at Swanson and Donavon and high school in Perdue.

He launched into farming in the depression years of the 1930s, becoming a registered seed grower. He helped in the organization of the Biggar and District Credit Union and the Biggar Co-operative. In 1946 he became active in the United Farmers of Canada Saskatchewan section and was promptly elected secretary-treasurer of the Thirsk local.

That year he was chairman of a regional committee protesting prices received under the British Wheat Agreement and advocating a farmers' nondelivery strike.

In 1948 he became a UFC district director and in 1949 when the decision was taken to reorganize into the Saskatchewan Farmers Union he was actively involved. From 1950-52 he represented the SFU on the board of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Then the SFU withdrew from the CFA and with farm unions in four other provinces set up the Interprovincial Farm Union Council to take farm union views direct to Ottawa . In 1957 Alf began a five-year period as SFU president. He was a member of the advisory council to the Canadian Wheat Board, a member of the Economic Council of Canada and he represented farmers at International Wheat Agreement negotiations in 1959 and 1962.

During his term in office, Alf negotiated with CFA president H.H. Hannam, examining the prospects for one strong united voice for farmers. These negotiations did not succeed because of concerns that the strength of commercially based farm co-operatives in the CFA might water down the message of the direct membership farm unions. Alf did co-operate with other farm organizations in fostering a 1,200 farmer March on Ottawa in 1959 seeking deficiency payments on grain and a two-price system for wheat.

Canada 's farm unions then worked to spread their influence and in 1969 formed the National Farmers Union. Alf, by this time, had moved into politics and in 1968 had been elected Member of Parliament for Rosetown-Biggar, representing the New Democratic Party. He spoke out on western agricultural issues and took a prominent role in the Standing Committee on Agriculture. He was re-elected in 1972 for Saskatoon-Biggar and served until 1974.

In the late 1970s Alf spent six months in Europe , the Scandinavian and Third World countries studying agricultural conditions for a report to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

In retirement he wrote and had published a book on his years in farm organization and politics entitled "United We Stand, Prairie Farmers 1901-1975." He died in 1998.

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