Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs
First appointed to Cabinet in 2003
First elected in 1999
Jim Rondeau was elected the MLA for Assiniboia in the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections. In November, 2003 he was appointed the new Minister of Healthy Living within the Department of Health and was also given responsibility for Seniors and Healthy Child Manitoba. A year later he became the Minister of Industry, Economic Development and Mines. In September 2006 he was appointed the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines. In November 2009, he was appointed Minister of Healthy Living, Citizenship and Youth by Premier Greg Selinger with responsibility for Seniors, Healthy Child Manitoba, Mental Health and Recreation. He was re-appointed to Premier Greg Selinger’s cabinet in January 2012 as the Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs.
Jim has served on the Legislative Review Committee, the task force on the Graduated Drivers Licensing, the Manitoba Round Tables on Disability, and numerous pre-budget consultations. He was also instrumental in the introduction and passage of The Canadian Forces Personnel Act, which improved the rights and benefits of military personnel moving into Manitoba.
Prior to entering politics, Jim had an extensive career in education. He has taught at schools in Norway House and Cranberry Portage, and was an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. He later became the Adult/Work Education Coordinator for the Frontier School Division, helping establish 18 adult learning centres and libraries throughout the province and developing an award-winning school-to-work transition program for young people from northern Manitoba.
Jim has always been a willing and committed community volunteer. He has been an independent business owner in both Winnipeg and Northern Manitoba. He is a proud member of the Assiniboia Optimist Club, and regularly works with community clubs, parent councils, seniors groups, military organizations and other community initiatives.
His awards and recognitions include: first time winner Literacy Partners Manitoba Lifetime Service award, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award 2002, the Assiniboia Optimist Club’s 2002 Optimist of the Year Award, the Manitoba Peacekeeper Recognition Award 2002, the Conference Board of Canada Workplace Award 1998, and numerous Best Coach Awards between 1990 and 1999.
Jim's career is one of dedication, community awareness, and action. He reflects these values in his passionate and committed service to his constituents and to all Manitobans.