John E. N. "Jack" Wiebe
|Senator for Saskatchewan|
April 7, 2000 – January 31, 2004
|Nominated by||Jean Chrétien|
|18th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan|
May 31, 1994 – February 21, 2000
|Governor General||Ray Hnatyshyn|
|Preceded by||Sylvia Fedoruk|
|Succeeded by||Lynda Haverstock|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for Morse|
December 1, 1971 – October 18, 1978
|Preceded by||Ross Thatcher|
|Succeeded by||Reginald John Gross|
|Born||May 31, 1936|
|Died||April 16, 2007 (aged 70)|
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
|Saskatchewan Liberal Party|
Born in Herbert, Saskatchewan, Wiebe graduated from the University of Saskatchewan after which he founded a major farming operation in Main Centre and was owner and president of L&W Feeders Ltd. from 1970 to 1985. He attended Luther College high school and graduated in 1953.
He was a third generation resident of Herbert. His great grandfather, Jacob Wiebe, a German-Russian Mennonite, emigrated from Russia to Kansas in 1874. His grandfather, John F.D. Wiebe, settled in Saskatchewan in 1905 and became Herbert's first mayor when the community was incorporated as a township in 1912. His father, Herbert Wiebe, was elected mayor in 1928 and held the post until 1954.
He was elected as a Liberal in a 1971 by-election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the constituency of Morse. He was re-elected in 1975 and retired from the legislature in 1978.
From 1994 to 2000, he was Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, carrying out such duties as reading the Speech from the Throne, swearing in premiers and Cabinet ministers, opening legislative sessions, and bestowing honours upon Saskatchewan citizens.
In 2000, he was appointed by Jean Chrétien to the Senate representing the senatorial division of Saskatchewan. It was highly unusual for a former vice-regal representative to return to party politics so quickly. He sat as a federal Liberal and resigned in 2004, seven years before the mandatory retirement age, for family reasons.
Upon his retirement, Wiebe volunteered his time with the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, helping to raise millions of dollars to furnish the new regional hospital in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Wiebe died on April 16, 2007, aged 70, from lung cancer. A state memorial service was held on April 24 in Swift Current.
- Wiebe, John E.N. (1936–2007), Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
- Jack Wiebe Family History[permanent dead link] Faspa Country: A Herbert Story