A major member of the Grant Devine government who spent time in jail for defrauding Saskatchewan taxpayers has died.
Eric Berntson died in Ottawa Sunday at the age of 77.
Berntson first entered provincial politics in 1975 when he won the Souris-Cannington riding as a Progressive Conservative.
He served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1979 to 1982 after the newly elected party leader, Grant Devine, did not have a seat.
When Devine became premier in 1982, Berntson was named his deputy.
Following his time in provincial politics, Berntson was appointed to the Senate in 1990 by former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
He was convicted in 1999 of defrauding Saskatchewan taxpayers of more than $41,000 while serving as deputy premier.
In 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld Berntson’s conviction and he resigned his Senate seat to serve a one-year jail term.