The dean of the legislature was been named minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development when Premier Robert Ghiz named his cabinet for the second term.
Ron MacKinley has been inside the rail at Province House since the December of 1985. He represents the suburban Charlottetown consistency of Cornwall-Meadowbank and was minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal during the first term of the Ghiz government.
During his lengthy career, he served as a one person opposition from 2000 to 2003. He has also served as the opposition critic for Transportation and Public Works, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture. He also served on a number of legislative committees and was Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
MacKinley has a lengthy record of community involvement. He has been vice-chair of the Elliot River CIC, a director of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture and of the P.E.I. Farm Centre. He is a former member of the Canadian Horticultural Council, Labour Board and Uniform Legislation Board, as well as a former Queens County Chair for the P.E.I. Potato Producers' Association.
He lives in Cornwall with his wife Ann. They have three grown children, Joanne (Eddie) Curran Jamie (Shauna) and Jeff, and four grandchildren, Lauren Emma and Alex Curran, and Alexa and Breanne MacKinley.