Bonnie Mitchelson

Nurse, Person

1947 –


Who is Bonnie Mitchelson?

Bonnie Mitchelson is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. She has been a Progressive Conservative member of the Manitoba legislature since 1986, and served as a cabinet minister in the government of Gary Filmon from 1988 to 1999. She also served as interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2000, following Filmon's resignation.

Born Bonnie Bester, the daughter of Henry Bester and Millie Leslie, she was educated at the Health Sciences Centre School of Nursing and practiced as a Registered Nurse. In 1969, she married Richard Donald Mitchelson, who has been a politician, having served as a city councillor in Winnipeg.

She was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1986, defeating incumbent New Democrat Phil Eyler in the northeast Winnipeg riding of River East. She was re-elected by a wider margin in 1988, as Filmon's Tories won a minority government.

On May 9, 1988, Mitchelson was appointed Minister of Culture, Heritage and Recreation, with responsibility for the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation Act. On February 5, 1991, she was also named Minister of Multiculturalism with responsibility for Status of Women.

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Nov 28, 1947
  • Canada

on July 23, 2013


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