Steven MacKinnon was elected to the House of Commons in 2015, and serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
MacKinnon was previously a Senior Vice President at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a communications and public affairs firm, where he was the national practice leader in specialized transactions related to mergers and acquisitions.
MacKinnon has extensive professional experience in the political arena, having been an advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin and New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna. He was also the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Returning Officer for the Liberal Leadership in 2013. He directed Michael Ignatieff’s successful campaign for the Liberal leadership in 2009. He has frequently participated in national media forums as a political commentator.
He first ran for office in 2011 in Gatineau, and was defeated by Liberal MP-turned NDP candidate Françoise Boivin. He later defeated Boivin by a 2-to-1 margin in 2015.
Born in Charlottetown, PEI, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Université de Moncton and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).
MacKinnon and his wife, Janelle, live in Gatineau with their three children. He contributes to charitable works to benefit literacy and remains involved in his community. He is fluently bilingual.