Jennifer Howard (Canadian politician)

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Jennifer Howard
Manitoba Minister of Finance
In office
October 18, 2013 – November 3, 2014
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by Stan Struthers
Succeeded by Greg Dewar
Manitoba Minister of Family Services and Labour
In office
January 13, 2012 – October 18, 2013
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by new portfolio
Succeeded by portfolio abolished
Manitoba Government House Leader
In office
January 13, 2012 – October 18, 2013
Premier Greg Selinger
Manitoba Minister of Labour and Immigration
In office
November 3, 2009 – January 13, 2012
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by Nancy Allan
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Fort Rouge
In office
May 22, 2007 – April 19, 2016
Preceded by Tim Sale
Succeeded by Wab Kinew
Personal details
Political party New Democratic Party
Alma mater Brandon University

Jennifer Howard is a politician in Manitoba, Canada.[1] She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2007 provincial election, in the electoral district of Fort Rouge.[1] Howard is a member of the New Democratic Party.[1]

Howard was born and raised in Brandon where she graduated from Brandon University; she was the federal New Democratic Party candidate in Brandon—Souris in the 1997 election,[2] but lost to Rick Borotsik. She moved to Winnipeg in 1998.

Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly, Howard was employed as policy advisor to Premier Gary Doer on health care issues and as executive director of the Women’s Health Clinic. She has also served on the boards of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Manitoba), the Rainbow Resource Centre and the University of Winnipeg’s Board of Regents. She was named a Woman of Distinction in 1999 by the Brandon YWCA. She has also received a Community Builder Award from the Lambda Business and Professional Club of Winnipeg, an organization of gay and lesbian businesses and professionals.

Howard was elected MLA for Fort Rouge in 2007. She served as vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee. In November 2009, she was appointed the Minister of Labour and Immigration, Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities and the Status of Women, and Minister charged with the administration of The Workers Compensation Act.

Howard resigned her cabinet position on November 3, 2014 along with Theresa Oswald, Erin Selby, Stan Struthers, and Andrew Swan due to concerns about Premier Selinger's leadership. [3] She remained an NDP MLA after resignation.

Electoral record[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2007: Fort Rouge
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Jennifer Howard 3,828 46.97 −10.66 $25.968.04
Liberal Paul Hesse 2,488 30.53 +13.57 $23,866.84
     Progressive Conservative Christine Waddell 1,202 14.75 −4.97 $11,369.89
Green Gerald H. Enns 511 6.27 +1.34 $905.51
     Independent Ron Nash 92 1.13 +1.13 $261.98
Communist Frank Komarniski 29 0.36 +.36
Total valid votes 8,150 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 53
Turnout 8,203 62.29 +7.64
Electors on the lists 13,169


  1. ^ a b c "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Dyke running in Manitoba [Jennifer Howard running for NDP in federal election in Brandon-Souris constituency]." Perceptions, June 4, 1997.
  3. ^ "Premier Greg Selinger replaces 5 cabinet ministers in government revolt". CBC News. Retrieved November 4, 2014.