Russell Vincent MacKinnon (born October 4, 1953) is a Canadian politician in Nova Scotia.
Early life and education
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.
Elected in the 1988 Nova Scotia general election, MacKinnon served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Labour.
In 1994, MacKinnon was suspended from the Liberal caucus for refusing to vote in favor of the government's municipal services exchange bill.
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.
He was reelected in 1998.
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.
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.
MacKinnon was charged with fraud exceeding $5,000, breach of trust by a public officer, and 8 counts of uttering a forged document.
On May 3, 2012, MacKinnon pleaded not guilty and went to trial on the charges in March 2013.
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.
In 1973, he married Gail Ann MacGillivary.
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