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Bonnie Mitchelson (born November 28, 1947 in Winnipeg) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. She has been a member of the Manitoba legislature since 1986, and served as a Cabinet Minister in the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Gary Filmon from 1988 to 1999. She also served as interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2000, following the Filmon's resignation.
Her husband, Don Mitchelson , is also a politician, having served as a city councillor within Winnipeg.
Mitchell was educated at the Health Sciences Centre School of Nursing and practiced as a registered nurse. 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 formed government.
On May 9, 1988, Mitchelson was appointed Minister of Culture, Heritage and Recreation (later renamed Culture, Heritage and Citizenship ), 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 . As Minister of Culture, Mitchelson made the controversial decision to establish a review commission for Manitoba's arts policy that was made up entirely of non-artists.
After a cabinet shuffle on September 10, 1993, she was named Minister of Family Services , and retained the position until the Filmon government was defeated in 1999. Prior to the election of 1999, she proposed a series of workfare measures as part of a policy of welfare reform.
Mitchelson was re-elected by a comfortable margin in 1990, and by narrower margins in 1995 and 1999. She was chosen as interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party on May 29, 2000, and held the position until Stuart Murray was chosen as party leader in November. She was subsequently named as the party's Deputy Leader.
In the general election of 2003, Mitchelson defeated New Democrat Doug Longstaffe by 4935 votes to 4402. She is currently the only Progressive Conservative MLA to hold a seat in the north end of Winnipeg.
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