25 years of distinguished public service of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
This collection was given to the Vegreville Regional Museum with thanks to all constituents, and to help educate and inspire younger generations to seriously consider their role in serving their country Canada.
Donald Frank (Don) Mazankowski grew up in Viking, Alberta, attending schools in the Viking area. He became involved in the automotive and machinery business while still attending school. After graduating he continued in this field, first starting his own service garage and eventually became co-owner of an automobile and farm machinery dealership in Vegreville, Alberta. He was also engaged in farming operations.
Don Mazankowski was first elected as Member of Parliament to the House of Commons in 1968 representing the federal constituency of Vegreville, a far-reaching radius which included Viking, St. Paul, Smoky Lake, Lloydminster, Wainwright and Provost.
Over time, he became known as the “Minister of Everything” and the “Voice of Western Canada” and was instrumental in the success of many initiatives. Don Mazankowski’s work in public service culminated with seven years as Deputy Prime Minister in the Brian Mulroney cabinet, 1986-1993.
Don Mazankowski served as President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (June 30, 1986-April 20, 1991). He is one of the few Canadians to be given the title of “The Right Honourable” without having held an office that would entitle him to it automatically. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 2013. In 2003 he was inducted to the Alberta Order of Excellence.