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Charles C. Williams, a champion of labour, was a civic and provincial politician. A veteran of World War I, he joined the Canadian National Railway as a train dispatcher, was a member of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, and Charles Williamschairman of the Regina local for several years.

Arriving in Regina in 1931, Charlie Williams entered civic politics in the 1937 election, representing labour. He was an alderman from 1938 to 1939 and Mayor of Regina from 1942 to 1944.

In 1944, Williams played a major role in the CCF sweep to power. Appointed Minister of Labour by Premier T.C. Douglas, he was responsible for the 1944 Trade Union Act which ensured the right of collective bargaining. During his term of office the minimum wage in Saskatchewan became one of the highest in Canada.

CORA-B-0018 Regina City Council 1938 CC Williams bottom lower right corner