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.
The Honourable Bill McKnight, PC
|Member of Parliament|
May 22, 1979 – November 24, 1993
|Succeeded by||Elwin Hermanson|
|Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan|
William Hunter McKnight
July 12, 1940
Elrose, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Died||October 4, 2019 (aged 79)|
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative Party of Canada|
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.
McKnight testified on the first day of the Airbus Affair inquiry on 30 March 2009.
|Parliament of Canada|
| Member of Parliament from Kindersley—Lloydminster
| Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
| Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development