Janice MacKinnon

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Janice MacKinnon
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Saskatoon Idylwyld
In office
June 21, 1995 – November 5, 2003
Preceded byEric Cline
Succeeded byDavid Forbes
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Saskatoon Westmount
In office
October 21, 1991 – June 21, 1995
Preceded byJohn Edward Brockelbank
Succeeded byEric Cline[1]
Personal details
Janice Potter

(1947-01-30) January 30, 1947 (age 72)
Kitchener, Ontario
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ResidenceSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
Queen's University

Dr. Janice MacKinnon, Ph.D, C.M., S.O.M., FRSC (born January 30, 1947) is a Canadian historian and former Minister of Finance for the Province of Saskatchewan under NDP Premier Roy Romanow. She is currently a professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Janice Potter in Kitchener, Ontario, she attended Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario, which awarded her an honours BA in 1969. She went on to earn an MA and Ph.D from Queen's University.

Political career[edit]

From 1991 to 2003, she was a Saskatchewan MLA. In addition to being Minister of Finance, she also held the following ministerial positions at various times: Minister of Social Services, Minister of Economic and Co-operative Development, Minister Responsible for Trade, Research and Investment and Government House Leader.

She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Canada West Foundation.[2]

In 2005, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

On January 25, 2008, Janice MacKinnon was named Chair of the Board of Investment Saskatchewan - a Saskatchewan Crown Corporation managing investment capital and financing.[3]

MacKinnon sits as an advisor to Canada's Ecofiscal Commission.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Peter MacKinnon, the past President of the University of Saskatchewan. They have two children, Alan and William.


  1. ^ Saskatoon Mount Royal
  2. ^ Canada West Foundation List of Board of Directors, Accessed 22 May 2008. Archived 29 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Regina Leader Post, January 25, 2008; Archived March 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Investment Saskatchewan.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Liberty We Seek: Loyalist Ideology in Colonial New York and Massachusetts (ISBN 0674530268)
  • While the Women Only Wept: Loyalist Refugee Women (ISBN 0773513175)
  • Minding the Public Purse: The Fiscal Crisis, Political Trade-offs and Canada's Future (ISBN 0773527494)