Yvonne Jones, MHA for Cartwright - LíAnse au Clair
will serve as opposition critic for Health & Community
Services, Status of Women and Labrador Affairs. She
was first introduced to politics in 1991, elected as
mayor of her hometown, Maryís Harbour, Labrador. In
1996 she ran as an independent and was elected as a
Member of the House of Assembly. Jones was elected for
her second term as a Liberal MHA. Since then, she has
served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the
Departments of Works, Services and Transportation and
to the Department of Health. She was also appointed
and served as Minister of Fisheries & Aquaculture and
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women until the
change in Government in October 2003.
A graduate of West
Viking College, Ms. Jones began her career as a
journalist and has worked throughout the province as a
news reporter, and worked as a Resource Employment
Counselor on contract with Memorial University and
Human Resources Development Canada.
For ten years, prior to
being elected as a MHA, Ms. Jones owned and operated
small businesses in Labrador in both the
transportation and tourism sectors.
Through her volunteer
work with the Battle Harbour Development Corporation,
the Combined Councils of Labrador, the Labrador Metis
Nation and various Literacy groups and councils, Ms.
Jones has played a significant role in improving the
quality of life not only for the people of her
district but for the people of Newfoundland and
Ms. Jones lives in
Maryís Harbour with her husband Jim.