Kevin Chief

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Kevin Chief
Manitoba Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities
In office
January 13, 2012 – May 3, 2016
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by new portfolio
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
Assumed office
October 4, 2011
Preceded by George Hickes
Constituency Point Douglas
Personal details
Born 1974 (age 41–42)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party New Democrat
Alma mater University of Winnipeg

Kevin Chief, MLA is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2011 election.[1] He represents the electoral district of Point Douglas as a member of the New Democratic Party caucus.[2]

Political career[edit]

Chief ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election held on November 29, 2010.[3] The election was hotly contested between Chief, who ran under the federal NDP banner, and former Manitoba MLA Kevin Lamoureux, who ran under the federal Liberal banner.[4] On election night Chief finished a close second behind Lamoureux in the field of seven candidates.[5]

After his defeat Chief opted not to run for a second time federally, instead going for a provincial Manitoba New Democrat nomination.[6] He ran in the electoral district of Point Douglas in the 2011 Manitoba general election and won, defeating four other candidates to hold the seat for his party and win his first term in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.[7] On January 13, 2011 he was made minister responsible for the newly created Department of Children and Youth Opportunities.[8]

On November 3, 2014, Chief was appointed as Minister of Jobs and the Economy after the resignation of then-Minister Theresa Oswald, along with four other ministers, resigned from cabinet over concerns about Premier Selinger's leadership.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

By-election on November 29, 2010

resignation of Judy Wasylycia-Leis on April 30, 2010

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kevin Lamoureux 7,303 46.3 +37.08
New Democratic Kevin Chief 6,508 41.2 −21.41
Conservative Julie Javier 1,645 10.4 −11.95
Green John Harvie 114 0.7 −4.05
Pirate Jeff Coleman 94 0.6 N/A
Communist Frank Komarniski 71 0.4 −0.27
Christian Heritage Eric Truijen 45 0.3 N/A
Total valid votes 15,780
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 30.8
     Liberal gain from New Democrats

Manitoba general election, 2011: Point Douglas
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Kevin Chief 3,806 72.88 +6.52 $18,567.73
Progressive Conservative John Vernaus 917 17.56 +5.58 $19,915.21
Liberal Mary Lou Bourgeois 257 4.92 −9.80 $5,383.65
Green Teresa Pun 176 3.37 −1.93 $17.48
Communist Darrell Rankin 38 0.73 −0.91 $312.12
Total valid votes 5,194
Rejected and declined votes 28
Turnout 5,222 44.04 +3.88


  1. ^ Kives, Bartley (October 5, 2011). "NDP keeps urban strongholds". Winnipeg Free Press. B3. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Winnipeg byelection campaign has star power". CBC News. November 15, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kusch, Larry (November 27, 2010). "Foot soldiers key to Winnipeg North". Winnipeg Free Press. A6. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kusch, Larry; Paul, Alexandra (November 30, 2010). "Lamoureux wins battle of Kevins". Winnipeg Free Press. A3. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sharon Blady's supporters rally in Kirkfield Park" (Press release). New Democratic Party of Manitoba. March 25, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lett, Dan (November 5, 2011). "He didn't just win their votes, he won their hearts". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Manitoba premier shuffles his cabinet, creates new youth department". Global News. Canadian Press. January 13, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Premier Greg Selinger replaces 5 cabinet ministers in government revolt". CBC News. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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