Janice MacKinnon

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Janice MacKinnon
MLA for Westmount, Saskatoon
In office
Preceded by John Edward Brockelbank
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MLA for Saskatoon Idylwyld
In office
Preceded by Eric Cline
Succeeded by David Forbes
Personal details
Born January 30, 1947
Political party New Democratic Party

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.

Born Janice Potter in Kitchener, Ontario, she received an honours BA from the University of Western Ontario in 1969 where she attended Huron University College and an MA and Ph.D from Queen's University.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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

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


  1. ^ Canada West Foundation List of Board of Directors, Accessed 22 May 2008.
  2. ^ Regina Leader Post, January 25, 2008; 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)