Lynda Maureen Haverstock
(born September 16, 1948) is the former leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party
and was the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
from 2000 until 2006.
Born and raised in Swift Current
, Haverstock dropped out of high school after grade 10 and became a teenage mother. As an adult, she went back to school to finish her education, and ultimately earned bachelor and master's degrees in education from the University of Saskatchewan
and a Ph.D in psychology. Haverstock became leader of the provincial Liberals in 1989, and was the first woman to lead a political party in the province.
Under Haverstock, the party grew significantly: in the 1995 provincial election
, the party increased its caucus in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
from one (Haverstock's own seat) to 11 and became the Official Opposition
. The Liberals won over one-third of the popular vote.
Faced with of a coalition of Regina Liberals and former Tories who had unsuccessfully challenged her leadership then withdrew their support in the legislature, Haverstock quit the party and remained as an independent MLA until 1999, when she retired from politics.
The Liberal Party continued to be divided by internal fighting and several members of the Legislative Assembly, including those who had opposed Haverstock, left in 1997 to join the Saskatchewan Party
. The 1999 provincial election
reduced the Liberals to three seats in the legislature.
After leaving politics, Haverstock worked... Read More