Heather Klimchuk

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The Honourable
Heather Klimchuk
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Klimchuk at the 2014 Tour of Alberta
MLA for Edmonton-Glenora
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Bruce Miller
Minister of Human Services Alberta government
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 15, 2014
Personal details
Born (1958-08-10) August 10, 1958 (age 56)
Calgary, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Politician

Heather Klimchuk (born August 10, 1958) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Glenora as a Progressive Conservative. She is currently Minister of Human Services.

Political career[edit]

Before running and being elected in the 2008 Alberta General Election, Klimchuk also ran the 2001 and 2004 election campaigns of former Edmonton-Glenora MLA Drew Hutton.[1]

Klimchuk was narrowly elected as MLA for Edmonton-Glenora in the 2008 election over Alberta Liberal Party incumbent Bruce Miller by 96 votes, less than 1% of votes cast. In the 2011 PC leadership election Klimchuk supported Gary Mar,[2] who was ultimately defeated by Alison Redford. Klimchuk was re-elected by a more comfortable margin on April 23, 2012 and was named Minister of Human Services on September 15, 2014 in the first cabinet of Jim Prentice.[3] She has previously served as Minister of Culture and Community Services and Minister of Service Alberta.[4]

Klimchuk is considered to be part of the progressive or Red Tory wing of the PC Party.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Klimchuk has a long family history with the PC Party. Her father worked on Premier Peter Lougheed's first electoral campaign and was a classmate of Joe Clark's at law school.[5] Klimchuk's public service experience prior to serving as a Member of the Legislature includes working as a researcher and writer for both Premier Lougheed and Premier Don Getty. Klimchuk also assisted with the initiation of the Alberta Seniors´ information phone line.

Klimchuk holds a bachelor of arts (special) from the University of Alberta in political science. Klimchuk and her husband, Wade, have two children: Kyrsten and Keifer.[3]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[6] Turnout 38.89% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Heather Klimchuk 4,604 39.90% 11.22% *
     Liberal Bruce Miller 4,508 39.07% 3.94%
     NDP Arlene Chapman 1,743 15.11% -15.81% *
Greens Peter Johnston 408 3.54% 1.47%
     Wildrose Alliance Elden Van Hauwaert 275 2.38% 0.04% *
Total 11,538 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 58
29,821 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Liberal Swing 7.58%


Alberta general election, 2012: Edmonton-Glenora
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Heather Klimchuk 6,176 38.20 –1.7%
New Democratic Ray Martin 4,141 25.61 10.5%
Wildrose Don Koziak 2,732 16.90 13.36%
Liberal Bruce Miller 1,668 10.32% –28.75%
Alberta Party Sue Huff 1,451 8.97

References[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
Robin Campbell
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Manmeet Bhullar