Russell MacKinnon

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Russell Vincent MacKinnon (born October 4, 1953) is a land surveyor and politician in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Cape Breton West in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1988 to 1995 and then from 1998 to 2006 as a Liberal and then Independent member.

He was born in Grand Mira South, Nova Scotia, the son of Neil Helarius MacKinnon and was educated at the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute. In 1973, he married Gail Ann MacGillivary. He is currently married to Michèle Raymond who is the former New Democratic Party MLA for Halifax Atlantic.[1] He served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Labour.[2][3]

In 1994, MacKinnon was suspended from the Liberal caucus for refusing to vote in favor of the government's municipal services exchange bill.[2] MacKinnon sat as an independent until he resigned his seat on April 10, 1995,[4][5] to make an unsuccessful bid to become mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.[2][6] He was reelected in 1998.[7] He sat as an independent from April 2005 and did not run for reelection in 2006,[8] when he was defeated in a bid to win the Progressive Conservative nomination in Cape Breton West.[4]

On February 14, 2011, it was announced that MacKinnon was among four people facing criminal charges in connection with the RCMP investigation into 2010s MLA expense scandal. MacKinnon was charged with fraud exceeding $5,000, breach of trust by a public officer, and 8 counts of uttering a forged document.[9]

On May 3, 2012, MacKinnon pleaded not guilty[10] and went to trial on the charges in March 2013.[11] On March 15, 2013, MacKinnon stopped testifying at his trial and pleaded guilty to breach of trust, and was sentenced to an eight-month conditional sentence.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLA Michele Raymond not reoffering". CBC News. November 23, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Three novices at the table". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Who's who in the new crew". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Biographies of former and sitting MLAs". CBC News. February 14, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cape Breton West". Nova Scotia Votes 2003. CBC News. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "A cabinet with four legs". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "IT'S A TIE!". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on November 24, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cape Breton West". Nova Scotia Votes 2006. CBC News. 2006. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "MLA spending probe in N.S. gets 4 charged". CBC News. February 14, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ex-MLA MacKinnon pleads not guilty". CBC News. May 3, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Trial to start for ex-MLA charged in spending scandal". CBC News. March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ex-MLA pleads guilty to breach of trust". CBC News. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013.