Yvonne Jones is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Labrador. She was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 2013. She has been named the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
Before being elected to the House of Commons in May 2013, Jones had been the Liberal MHA for Cartwright-L’anse au Clair since 1999. She had held the seat as an independent as early as 1996.
During her time as a Member of the House of Assembly, Jones served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Department of Works, Services and Transportation and to the Minister of Health. In 2003, Jones was the first woman to be appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. She was also the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
Jones was appointed Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and Leader of the Official Opposition on November 15, 2007. On July 30, 2010, she became the official Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. In August 2011, she announced she would be resigning as leader due to her recovery from breast cancer, but she remained an MHA and was re-elected in her seat with 71 per cent of the popular vote.
A graduate of West Viking College, Jones began her career as a journalist and has worked throughout the province as a news reporter. She also carried out contract work as a researcher with Memorial University and as a Resource Employment Counselor with Human Resources Development Canada.
An entrepreneur, Jones has owned and operated small businesses in Labrador in the transportation and tourism sectors. Her first foray into politics was as Mayor of her hometown, Mary’s Harbour, Labrador, in 1991.
Through her volunteer work with the Battle Harbour Development Corporation, the Combined Councils of Labrador, the Nunatu-Kavut and various literacy groups and councils, she has played a significant role in improving the quality of life not only for the people of her own district, but for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as well.