Mark Minenko

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Mark Minenko (born March 29, 1957) is a former politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1988 to 1990, representing the Winnipeg riding of Seven Oaks for the Manitoba Liberal Party.

Early years and education[edit]

He was born in New York City, New York.[1] Minenko's father was the Very Rev. Tymofiy Minenko, a Ukrainian-born priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; his mother was Anastasia Krywonos.[2] He was raised in Winnipeg, and was educated at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. He worked as a lawyer, and also joined the Canadian Forces Medical Services in 1976, eventually reaching the rank of Captain.[1] He was awarded the Canada Forces Decoration in 1988.

Political career[edit]

In 1981, Minenko worked an assistant to MLA June Westbury, who was at the time the only Liberal representative in the provincial legislature.

Minenko first ran for provincial office in the election of 1988, scoring an upset victory over outgoing New Democratic Finance Minister Eugene Kostyra in Seven Oaks. Minenko won the election by 332 votes, at a time when provincial support for the NDP was at its lowest ebb since the 1960s. He was named as Deputy Speaker on July 21, 1988,[3] but resigned on May 18, 1989.

In the provincial election of 1990, redistribution forced him to run in the riding of St. Johns against another incumbent, New Democrat Judy Wasylycia-Leis. He lost, by almost two thousand votes, amid a general decline in support for the Liberal Party.[4] He has not sought a return to provincial politics since this time.

Minenko later became active in the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, and has sought a formal apology from the federal government for the detainment of Ukrainians in concentration camps during the First World War. He also continued his education at the University of Alberta, working towards a Master of Laws degree.

Election results[edit]

1988 Manitoba general election: Seven Oaks
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mark Minenko 3,885 42.81 +31.43
New Democratic Eugene Kostyra 3,553 39.16 -25.55
Progressive Conservative George Finkle 1,636 18.03 -5.07
Total valid votes 9,074 100.00
Rejected ballots 17
Turnout 9,091 72.37 +9.01
Eligible voters 12,561
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +28.49
Source: Elections Manitoba[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G (1989). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  2. ^ "Very Reverend Tymofiy Minenko". Winnipeg Free Press. June 2, 2006. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  3. ^ "Legislative Reports". Canadian Parliamentary Review. 1988. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Manitoba Votes - Political History". CBC.ca. June 16, 2003. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Candidates: 34th General Election" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. April 26, 1988. Retrieved 2 October 2018.