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Bill McKnight
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Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources
In office
January 4, 1993 – June 24, 1993
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Preceded by Arthur Jacob Epp
Succeeded by Bobbie Sparrow
Minister of Agriculture
In office
April 21, 1991 – January 3, 1993
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Preceded by Don Mazankowski
Succeeded by Charles Mayer
Minister of National Defence
In office
January 30, 1989 – April 20, 1991
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Preceded by Perrin Beatty
Succeeded by Marcel Masse
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
In office
June 30, 1986 – January 29, 1989
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Preceded by David Crombie
Succeeded by Pierre Cadieux
Minister of Labour
In office
September 17, 1984 – June 30, 1986
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Preceded by André Ouellet
Succeeded by Pierre Cadieux
Member of Parliament
for Kindersley—Lloydminster
In office
May 22, 1979 – October 25, 1993
Preceded by Riding established
Succeeded by Elwin Hermanson
Personal details
William Hunter McKnight

(1940-07-12)July 12, 1940
Elrose, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died October 4, 2019(2019-10-04) (aged 79)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Politician, farmer

William Hunter McKnight PC SOM (July 12, 1940 – October 4, 2019) was a Canadian politician who served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1979 to 1993. During the government of Brian Mulroney, he served in various cabinet roles such as Minister of National Defence and Minister of Agriculture. He also served as the Treaty Commissioner for the Province of Saskatchewan.


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.

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.


There is a William Hunter (Bill) McKnight fonds at Library and Archives Canada.

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