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Mitchell, Hon. Bob - New Democrat MLA, Saskatoon Fairview

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Date: Thursday, 15 September 2016, at 12:04 a.m.

Mitchell, Hon. Bob
New Democrat MLA, Saskatoon Fairview

Bob Mitchell was born and raised on a farm in the Sturgis district, and earned Arts and Law Degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He practised law for many years in Saskatchewan, and prior to the 1991 election was a senior partner in the Saskatoon law firm of Mitchell Taylor Mattison Ching.

Bob Mitchell was first elected in 1988 for the constituency of Saskatoon Fairview and was re-elected in 1991 and 1995. In 1991, Mr. Mitchell was named as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (this title changed to Labour only in June 1992) in Premier Romanow's first Cabinet. He served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General from September 29, 1992 until November 1995. He was the Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training from November, 1995 until June, 1997. On August 6, 1996 he became the Minister of Labour, a posting he is very familiar with, having also served as Saskatchewan's Deputy Minister of Labour for five years.

In his capacity as Minister of Justice, Bob Mitchell has introduced several new initiatives for the Province of Saskatchewan, including: amendments to the Human Rights Code; Victims of Domestic Violence Act; creation of the Family Law Division of the of the Court of Queen's Bench; expanded use of mediation in civil matters; signing of the Tripartite Framework Agreement for RCMP/First Nations Community policing services; and development of services for victims of crime.

He has worked for the International Labour Organization of the United Nations as a Labour Relations Expert. From 1979-1981, he was the Chair of the Key Lake Board of Inquiry, which examined Saskatchewan's uranium mining industry. His work with the federal government includes his role as the chief federal negotiator for the Inuit Land Claims in 1980-1982. Mr. Mitchell is very well-known as the cabinet minister who represented Saskatchewan at the constitutional negotiations which led to the Charlottetown Accord.

Bob has six children and is married to Sandra, who also practices law in Saskatchewan.

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