MacKinnon, Hon. Janice
New Democrat MLA, Saskatoon Idylwyld
Janice MacKinnon received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario. Ms. MacKinnon also earned a Master of Arts Degree and Doctorate from Queen's University.
Ms. MacKinnon was a university professor, teaching Canadian-American Relations and Women's History at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author of two books, one on political culture, the other on women refugees. She has also written many articles on the Free Trade Agreement and privatization.
She has been a active member of her community and has served as president of the Saskatoon Co- op.
Ms. MacKinnon was first elected in October of 1991 to represent the Saskatoon Westmount Constituency. On November 1, 1991 she was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors. She next served as Associate Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Crown Investments Corporations. In January 1993, she was appointed Minister of Finance, the first woman in Canada to hold that position. Ms. MacKinnon held the Finance portfolio until June, 1997. In June 1995, she was re-elected to the Legislature as the representative for Saskatoon Idylwyld.
On June 27, 1997, Ms. MacKinnon was appointed Minister of Economic and Co-operative Development. She also serves as Government House Leader.
Janice and her husband, Peter, have two children.