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Jack Burnett Murta fonds
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- Murta, Jack Burnett
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9.5 m of textual records (72 boxes). Over 150 photographs.
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Jack Burnett Murta was born May 13, 1943 in Carman, Manitoba, the son of John James Murta and Jean (Burnett) Murta. He received his elementary and high school education in Graysville, a hamlet near the family farm, and graduated from the Diploma course in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba in 1964. He married Ida Judith Scott on October 23, 1965 and they had two children together, Scott Burnett and Tracy Judith. They divorced in 1977. Murta married Lynda E. (Morris) Grayson-Bell on May 27, 1977. They had three children together, Meaghan, Shevaughn and Liam.
Murta was first elected to the House of Commons, as a Progressive Conservative, for Lisgar riding on November 16, 1970 in a by-election following the death of the previous incumbent, George Muir. Murta was re-elected in the general elections of 1972, 1974, 1979, 1980, and 1984.
Before the formation of the Conservative government in 1979, Murta served as opposition critic for agriculture, then transportation, air transportation, and international trade. Under Prime Minister Joe Clark he became Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and chaired the Emergency Grain Movement Task Force. During this period he became active in the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group especially in its Committee on wheat. Back in opposition, Murta was named in 1981 to the Sub-Committee on Latin America and the Caribbean, and in 1982 to the Board of Directors of the Parliamentary Centre for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney he was sworn in as a Privy Councillor with his appointment as Minister of State for Multiculturalism (September 1984-August 1985). Subsequently he served as Minister of State (Tourism) (August 1985-June 1986).
The collection was donated by Jack Burnett Murta in multiple accessions from 1979-1988.
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The collection covers the political career of J.B. Murta from his first election to the House of Commons in 1970. One major focus of interest is the material relating to the Canadian grain industry, with its associated transportation problems. A second focus of interest is the correspondence with constituents and others on a range of issues. There is some information on Party organization and politics, including the leadership conventions of 1976 and 1983.
Not included here are the personal diaries of Mr. Murta which he has retained in his own possession for the foreseeable future.
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This collection is organized into 15 series:
Political Career 1970-1985
Lisgar Constituency Files, 1975-1985
External Affairs, 1970-1985
Party and Parliamentary Files, 1971-1984
Topical Files 1871-1985
Speeches by Others
Subject Correspondence Files, 1974-1986
Constituency Office - Records and Correspondence, 1979-1986
J.B. Murta Photograph Collection (PC 20), 1979-1985
Tape Collection (TC 46), [1982?]
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Box 83, File 19 is restricted.
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A finding aid can be downloaded by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.
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Finding aid created by A.E. Millward (1988). Finding aid encoded by Allan Neyedly (March 2002). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - MSS 10, PC 20, TC 46 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (August 2019).