Russell MacKinnon

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Russell Vincent MacKinnon (born October 4, 1953) is a Canadian politician in Nova Scotia. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_0

He represented Cape Breton West in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1988 to 1995 and then from 1998 to 2006 as a Liberal and then Independent member. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_1

Early life and education Russell MacKinnon_section_0

He was born in Grand Mira South, Nova Scotia, the son of Neil Helarius MacKinnon and was educated at the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_2

Political career Russell MacKinnon_section_1

Elected in the 1988 Nova Scotia general election, MacKinnon served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Labour. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_3

In 1994, MacKinnon was suspended from the Liberal caucus for refusing to vote in favor of the government's municipal services exchange bill. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_4

MacKinnon sat as an independent until he resigned his seat on April 10, 1995, to make an unsuccessful bid to become mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_5

He was reelected in 1998. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_6

He sat as an independent from April 2005 and did not run for reelection in 2006, when he was defeated in a bid to win the Progressive Conservative nomination in Cape Breton West. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_7

Criminal charges Russell MacKinnon_section_2

On February 14, 2011, it was announced that MacKinnon was among four people facing criminal charges in connection with the RCMP investigation into 2010s MLA expense scandal. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_8

MacKinnon was charged with fraud exceeding $5,000, breach of trust by a public officer, and 8 counts of uttering a forged document. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_9

On May 3, 2012, MacKinnon pleaded not guilty and went to trial on the charges in March 2013. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_10

On March 15, 2013, MacKinnon stopped testifying at his trial and pleaded guilty to breach of trust, and was sentenced to an eight-month conditional sentence. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_11

Personal life Russell MacKinnon_section_3

In 1973, he married Gail Ann MacGillivary. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_12

He is currently married to Michèle Raymond who is the former New Democratic Party MLA for Halifax Atlantic. Russell MacKinnon_sentence_13


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