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MacKinnon, Janice, 1947-
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Janice MacKinnon was born on January 30, 1947 in Kitchener, Ontario to William and Melinda Potter. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Arts degree and doctorate from Queen's University.
Prior to entering provincial politics, MacKinnon was a professor in the History Department of the University of Saskatchewan. She was President of the Saskatoon Co-operative Association and from 1988 to 1990 she was Vice-President of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party and a political commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
MacKinnon was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1991 and served as the New Democratic Party MLA for the Saskatoon Westmount (1991-1995) and Saskatoon Idylwyld (1995-2001) constituencies.
MacKinnon served in the Roy Romanow and Lorne Calvert Governments as Minister of Social Services (1991-1992); Associate Minister of Finance (1992-1993); Minister of Finance (1993-1997); Minister of Economic and Co-operative Development (1997-2001) and Government House Leader (1997-1999).
MacKinnon was Minister Responsible for Crown Investments Corporation (1992-1993, 2001); Seniors (1991-1992); New Careers Corporation (1991-1992); Meewasin Valley Authority (1991-1993); Wanuskewin Heritage Park Corporation (1991-1993); CIC Mineral Interests Corporation (1992-1993); Saskatchewan Gaming Commission (1992-1993);Saskatchewan Pension Plan (1992-1997); NewGrade Energy (1992-1993); Municipal Financing Corporation (1993-1997); Saskatchewan Development Fund Corporation (1993-1997); Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (1997-2001); Saskatchewan Government Growth Fund Management Corporation (1997-2001); Tourism Authority (1997-2001); Information Highway (1998-2001); SaskEnergy Inc. (2001); Saskatchewan Power Corporation (2001); Saskatchewan Telecommunications (2001); Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (2001); Saskatchewan Government Insurance (2001); and Saskatchewan Transportation Company (2001).
MacKinnon resigned from Cabinet on March 2, 2001 and vacated her seat in the Saskatchewan Legislature on September 30, 2001. David Forbes (NDP) became the MLA for Saskatoon Idylwyld in the November 8, 2001 by-election.
MacKinnon returned to teaching at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. In October, 2003, she was appointed to the board of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. MacKinnon has written extensively on public policy and is the author of books on women refugees and political culture, including Minding the Public Purse: The Fiscal Crisis, Political Trade-offs and Canada's Future.
MacKinnon currently (2006) continues to teach at the University of Saskatchewan.
Janice Potter married R. Peter MacKinnon, a lawyer, on April 20, 1974. They have two children: Alan Douglas and William Taylor.
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Authority record created on 2008-03-10. Approved 2012-03-06. Last modified on 2017-11-29.
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