|Manitoba Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities|
January 13, 2012 – November 4, 2014
|Preceded by||new portfolio|
|Succeeded by||Melanie Wight|
|Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy|
November 4, 2014 – May 3, 2016
|Preceded by||Theresa Oswald|
|Succeeded by||cabinet reorganized|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba|
October 4, 2011 – January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||George Hickes|
|Succeeded by||Bernadette Smith|
|Born||1974 (age 42–43)
|Political party||New Democrat|
|Alma mater||University of Winnipeg|
Kevin Chief is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2011 election. He represented the electoral district of Point Douglas from 2011 to 2017 as a member of the New Democratic Party caucus.
Chief ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election held on November 29, 2010. 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. On election night Chief finished a close second behind Lamoureux in the field of seven candidates.
After his defeat Chief opted not to run for a second time federally, instead going for a provincial Manitoba New Democrat nomination. 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. On January 13, 2011 he was made minister responsible for the newly created Department of Children and Youth Opportunities.
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.
Chief retained his seat in the 2016 general election and was touted as a leading candidate to succeed Selinger as NDP leader. However, he announced in September 2016 that he would not run for the leadership of the party.
|By-election on November 29, 2010
resignation of Judy Wasylycia-Leis on April 30, 2010
|New Democratic||Kevin Chief||6,508||41.2||−21.41|
|Christian Heritage||Eric Truijen||45||0.3||N/A|
|Total valid votes||15,780|
|Total rejected ballots||–|
|Liberal gain from New Democrats|
|Manitoba general election, 2011: Point Douglas|
|New Democratic||Kevin Chief||3,806||73.28||+6.92||$18,567.73|
|Progressive Conservative||John Vernaus||917||17.65||+5.68||$19,915.21|
|Liberal||Mary Lou Bourgeois||257||4.95||−9.77||$5,383.65|
|Total valid votes||5,194|
|Rejected and declined votes||28||0.54||-0.18|
|Electors on the lists||11,858|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||+0.62|
|Manitoba general election, 2016: Point Douglas|
|New Democratic||Kevin Chief||2,839||57.80||-15.08|
|Progressive Conservative||Marsha Street||811||16.51||-1.05|
|Total valid votes||4,911||100.0|
|Source: Elections Manitoba|
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