Rob Norris

Rob Norris is a Canadian politician.[1] He first ran unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in the 2003 Saskatchewan election. He was then elected to represent the electoral district of Saskatoon Greystone in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in the 2007 election for the Saskatchewan Party.

Rob Norris
Saskatchewan Education Minister Rob Norris.jpg
MLA for Saskatoon Greystone
In office
November 21, 2007 – December 31, 2015
Preceded byPeter Prebble
Succeeded byriding abolished
Personal details
BornEdmonton, Alberta
Political partySaskatchewan Party
Other political
Liberal Party of Canada


In November 2007, Norris was appointed as the Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour in the Saskatchewan Party government.[2] On June 29, 2010, Norris's responsibilities were adjusted, with the Labour portfolio passing to the Minister of Justice, Don Morgan. Norris was made the Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration. He also carried responsibility for SaskPower and Innovation.[3] Norris was dropped from the cabinet in a major shuffle on May 25, 2012 before resuming the Advanced Education portfolio later that same year. He did not stand in the 2016 provincial election.[4][5] Norris' leaving caucus prompted the observation in the media that "there really is no "liberal" presence in the Sask. Party caucus anymore," which could be problematic given that the Liberal Party was in power in Ottawa.[6][7]


In 2015, Rob Norris was named in a lawsuit against himself, Brad Wall, the Premier of Saskatchewan, and the University of Saskatchewan and its Board of Governors for the controversial firing of the President, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, after the Provost, Brett Fairbairn, fired a Dean at the university and unilaterally revoked his tenure for openly criticizing the university's leadership. Wall and Norris are accused of unlawfully inserting themselves into the Board's decision of firing Busch-Vishniac.[8] As of May 2019, the lawsuit is ongoing.[9]


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  2. ^ "Honourable Rob Norris". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  3. ^ Switzer, Tim (June 30, 2010). "Premier makes his moves". Leader-Post. CanWest. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  4. ^ "Norris, 6 others out in major Sask. cabinet shuffle". CBC News. May 25, 2012. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
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  6. ^ "Mandryk: Liberals still thin on the ground here". Saskatoon Star Phoenix. October 27, 2015. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
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  8. ^ "Former U of S president Busch-Vishniac sues over dismissal". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  9. ^ Hill, Andrea (2019-05-24). "Former U of S president's lawsuit allowed to proceed; Busch-Vishniac ordered to put money in trust to dissuade concerns of defendants". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Retrieved 2019-06-12.