Steven MacKinnon was elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Gatineau (Québec) and was re elected in 2019 and 2021. Following his re-election to the 44th legislature, he was named Chief Government Whip and was sworn in to the Privy Council on October 28th, 2021.
Mr. MacKinnon also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement (PSPC) from 2017 to 2021.
Prior to his election, Mr. MacKinnon was Senior Vice President at a global public affairs consultancy, where he was a practice director for mergers, acquisitions, and financial communications. He has been involved in national and international transactions worth hundreds of billions of dollars, with Bloomberg recognizing his practice as Canada’s leading mergers & acquisition advisory.
Mr. MacKinnon has a long track record in the Liberal Party of Canada, having served as its National Director from 2003 to 2006, and an advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Martin. In 2009, he was Co Chair of the party’s Reform Committee, and later he was the Chief Returning Officer for the national Liberal leadership contest in 2013. He also served as an advisor to New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna.
Over the course of his career, Mr. MacKinnon has participated in constitutional negotiations, the negotiation of trade agreements, labour negotiations, and major health, education, and election reforms. He has volunteered with organizations involved in combatting literacy and family violence.
Mr. MacKinnon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université de Moncton and a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University.
Steven resides in Gatineau with his spouse Janelle, and they have three children: Liam, Cassandra, and Alexander.