Pat Atkinson

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Pat Atkinson
MLA for Saskatoon Nutana
In office
Preceded by Evelyn Bacon
Succeeded by Herman Rolfes
MLA for Saskatoon Broadway
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MLA for Saskatoon Nutana
In office
Preceded by Herman Rolfes
Succeeded by Cathy Sproule
Personal details
Born September 27, 1952
Biggar, Saskatchewan
Political party New Democratic Party

Patricia "Pat" Atkinson (born September 27, 1952)[1] is a Canadian provincial politician. She was a Saskatchewan New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1986 to 2011, and is currently the longest-serving female MLA in Saskatchewan's history.[2]

She was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Roy Atkinson, and received degrees in arts and education from the University of Saskatchewan. She worked as a teacher therapist and school principal for the Radius Community School in Saskatoon. Atkinson also served on the board of the Saskatoon Community Clinic.[1]

She ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Saskatchewan assembly in 1982.[1] Atkinson was first elected in 1986, while the NDP was still in opposition. When the party was elected to government in the 1991 provincial election, she held a number of major cabinet positions, including minister of social services, health, education, Crown corporations, and finance. She was a supporter of Lorne Calvert and helped him win the party leadership in 2001. After the NDP was defeated in the 2007 election, she served as deputy leader of the opposition. Atkinson announced her retirement on January 11, 2011.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Atkinson, Patricia (1952–)". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b "MLA Pat Atkinson retires". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. January 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-12.