|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Carol Skelton|
November 30, 1961 |
Kelly Block (born November 30, 1961) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the electoral district of Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar in the 2008 Canadian federal election. Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Block served two terms as mayor of Waldheim, Saskatchewan. Block was Waldheim's first female mayor, and also served as chairperson of the Gabriel Springs Health District. Block was later appointed to the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority when the government of Saskatchewan amalgamated its health districts. Block ran unsuccessfully for the Saskatchewan Party nomination for the provincial Martensville constituency by-election in November 2006 against Nancy Heppner.
Block is a member of the Conservative Party. She was appointed to the Procedure and House Affairs Committee (PROC) and the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee (ETHI). In fall 2009, Block was moved from PROC and appointed to the budget and finance committee. With the commencement of the 41st Parliament in 2011, Block was appointed to the health committee, and the government operations and estimates committee. Block was also appointed by prime minister Stephen Harper to serve as the regional caucus chairperson for the Saskatchewan Conservative caucus.
In October 2012, Block sent out a flyer to her constituents entitled Ending Unfair Benefits for Refugee Claimants which criticized refugee claimants and rejected refugee applicants access to extended healthcare benefits. She was criticized in the media and Parliament for the newsletter. Block defended the message but said the content was a draft, and expressed regret about some of the language used.
Following the 2013 redrawing of Saskatchewan's federal electoral boundaries, Block stated she would run in the new riding of Humboldt-Warman-Martensville-Rosetown.
In September 2013, Block was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Nettie Wiebe||14,114||46.91%||+2.49%|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||30,089||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||131||0.43%|
|Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar – Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Nettie Wiebe||11,913||44.5%||+5.5%||$63,284|
|Christian Heritage||Marcel Bourassa||111||0.4%||-0.5%||$50|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||26,802||100.0%||$78,625|
- "Rising Star: Kelly Block", Maclean's, June 2, 2010.
- "Tight race in Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar", The StarPhoenix, October 15, 2008.
- Warick, Jason (2012-10-16). "MP Kelly Block sends flyer criticizing refugees’ access to healthcare". Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Mandryk, Murray (2012-10-16). "MP's message only too clear". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Bolen, Michael (2012-10-17). "Kelly Block's Newsletter On Refugee Health Cuts Called 'Offensive'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- "Kelly Block defends flyer". CBC News. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Graham, Jennifer (2013-08-21). "Contentious redrawing of federal election ridings in Saskatchewan complete". Maclean's. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2013-08-23.