Here’s Steven MacKinnon’s new job

The prime minister has selected Steven MacKinnon, the Liberal parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, to serve as the next parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, as well as…

Here’s Steven MacKinnon’s new job

The prime minister has selected Steven MacKinnon, the Liberal parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, to serve as the next parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, as well as the next chief government whip in the House of Commons.

“On behalf of Justin Trudeau, I am very pleased to welcome Steven to his new role,” said House Speaker Geoff Regan in a statement. “Mr. MacKinnon’s knowledge of the law and his strong leadership abilities will enable him to serve in his new role, as he has on the Peterborough byelection team.”

MacKinnon has been MP for Peterborough from 2009 to 2019. He was also justice minister from 2014 to 2015 and justice minister again from 2015 to 2016, during which time he held several portfolios, including the Treasury Board, the Aboriginal Services ministry, the jobs and income-boosting ministry, the Social Assistance program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development and the Justice portfolio. In these roles, he became a government critic, co-chair of the joint committee on fighter jets, and the chair of the environment and sport committee.

While MP for Peterborough, MacKinnon was a vice president of Canadian Trial Lawyers Association, also served as the chair of the Peterborough Civic Tomorrow board, chair of the Peterborough Regional Police Services board, a director of the Peterborough Regional Industrial Technology Council and an advisor for the Petrolia, Ont. youth hockey rink, according to his House website.

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