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Bob Mitchell (Saskatchewan politician)

Robert Wayne "Bob" Mitchell SOM QC (November 29, 1936 – November 18, 2016) was a lawyer and former political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada. He represented Saskatoon Fairview from 1986 to 1999 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a New Democratic Party (NDP) member.

Robert Wayne Mitchell
MLA for Saskatoon Fairview
In office
1986–1999
Personal details
Born(1936-03-29)March 29, 1936
Preeceville, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedNovember 18, 2016(2016-11-18) (aged 80)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political partySaskatchewan New Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Sandra Stolson (1968-2016; his death)
Children6 daughters
Professionlawyer

He was born in Preeceville, Saskatchewan in 1936,[1] the son of Charles Stuart Mitchell and Beda Annette Abrahamson, and was educated in Sturgis and at the University of Saskatchewan,[1] where he received a BA in Economics and a LLB. Mitchell articled in Regina and was called to the Saskatchewan bar in 1960. He practised law in Swift Current and Regina.[2] In 1968, Mitchell married Sandra Gail Stolson and the couple had six daughters; Janet, Roberta, Stephanie, Shannon, Donna, and Alison.[1] From 1970 to 1974, he served as Director of Legal Services for the federal Department of Regional Economic Expansion and the federal Department of Labour in Ottawa. Mitchell was Deputy Minister of Labour in Saskatchewan from 1974 to 1979. He then practised law in Saskatoon. From 1981 to 1982, he was chief negotiator for the Canadian government for Inuit land claims in the central and eastern Arctic.[2]

Mitchell ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the provincial assembly in 1982 before being elected in 1986. He served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, as Provincial Secretary, as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, as Minister of Labour and as Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training.[2] Mitchell resigned from the Saskatchewan cabinet in 1998 and from the assembly in 1999.[3]

After leaving provincial politics, he became chief negotiator for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. In 2004, he was named Chair of the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission, which is responsible for investigating complaints against municipal police.[3] He retired from the Commission on October 1, 2014, and was replaced as Chair by Brent Cotter.[4] In 2017, he was posthumously made a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.[5]

Mitchell died in 2016, at the age of 80.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Flanagan, Kathryn M; Miller, Katherine J (Spring 1991). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  2. ^ a b c "Robert W. Mitchell fonds". Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-09-09.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Robert W. Mitchell fonds". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  4. ^ http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2014/september/08/pcc-changes
  5. ^ "Saskatchewan Order of Merit".
  6. ^ MacPherson, Alex (2016-11-19). "'A very fair-minded partisan politician': Romanow remembers former NDP cabinet minister Bob Mitchell". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved 2016-11-19.