Elmer Borstad

Elmer Elsworth Borstad (August 27, 1924 – July 18, 2015) was a municipal and provincial level politician, surveyor, farmer, sailor and entrepreneur from Alberta, Canada. He served as an alderman and mayor for the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta and later served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1979 to 1982 sitting with the governing Progressive Conservative caucus.

Elmer Elsworth Borstad
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 14, 1979 – November 1, 1982
Preceded byWinston Backus
Succeeded byBob Elliot
ConstituencyGrande Prairie
Personal details
Born(1924-08-27)August 27, 1924
Ross Creek near Elk Island National Park, Alberta
DiedJuly 18, 2015(2015-07-18) (aged 90)
Hythe, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Doreen Schnieder
OccupationSurveyor, sailor, farmer, trucker, business owner
Military service
Branch/serviceRoyal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve
UnitHMCS Gatineau and HMCS Sioux

Early lifeEdit

Elmer Elsworth Borstad was born on a farm in the Ross Creek area near Elk Island National Park, Alberta in 1924.[1] His first job was working as a caretaker for the nearby school. After short term employment in a sawmill in Chipman, Alberta he went north to work as a surveyor on the CANOL pipeline during the winter of 1941. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, RCNVR and was based in Halifax where he operated small harbour patrol craft until VE Day. Following the end of the war in Europe, he was posted to Victoria, where he saw active duty on HMCS Gatineau and HMCS Sioux until 1945.[2]

After the war Borstad moved to Grande Prairie and became a surveyor until 1953 when he helped found a trucking business with his father Cloff and brother Roy. The Borstads started a welding supply business in 1972. Both were eventually sold, the Cartage company to the employees and the welding supply company to Union Carvide.[2] He served as president of the Grande Prairie Chamber of commerce in 1979.[3]

Political careerEdit

Borstad began his political and public service career on the municipal level serving on the police and economic development commissions for the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Borstad was elected as an alderman for the first time in 1963 and he became mayor of the city in 1968.[2]

Borstad was also active in provincial politics. He joined the Progressive Conservatives and became president of the Grande Prairie electoral district.[2] Borstad ran for a seat to the provincial legislature in the 1979 Alberta general election. He won a large majority to hold the district for the Progressive Conservatives.[4] He retired from provincial politics and decided to return to his family business after the legislature dissolved in 1982.[2]

Late lifeEdit

After leaving provincial politics Borstad worked until 1985 before moving to British Columbia to retire.[2] He returned to Grande Prairie in 1995 and continued his public service by becoming chairman of the QEII Hospital foundation where he successfully campaigned and raised funds for an MRI Machine.[5] He also worked as a fundraiser for Grande Prairie Regional College[2] and was awarded the Alumni/Foundation Volunteer Award by the college in 2004 for his half century of service to the city.[6] He served on the 50th Anniversary Committee for the city in 2008.[7] He died on July 18, 2015, at the age of 90.[8]


  1. ^ Alberta Teachers' Association (January 1980). A Guide to Alberta's 19th Legislature.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Elmer Borstad fonds". South Peace Archives. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  3. ^ "Past Presidents". Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  4. ^ "Grande Prairie results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Mike Leschart (January 11, 1999). "Grande Prairie Getting MRI Units". Grande Prairie Daily News. Dorthea Calverley. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
  6. ^ "Wisdom" (PDF). Grande Prairie Regional College. Spring 2004. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 26, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  7. ^ "50th Anniversary 1958–2008" (PDF). City of Grande Prairie. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  8. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/edmontonjournal/obituary.aspx?n=elmer-elsworth-borstad&pid=175333611&fhid=17272

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