|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Centre-North
|Preceded by||Jim Prentice|
|Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)|
July 15, 2013
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Lynne Yelich|
February 14, 1980
|Political party||Conservative Party of Canada|
Michelle Rempel, PC, MP (née Godin; born February 14, 1980) is a Canadian politician, who has been the federal Member of Parliament (MP) for the electoral riding of Calgary Centre-North since the 2011 Canadian federal election. Rempel is a member of the Conservative Party and serves as the Minister of State responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. She formerly served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.
Rempel grew up in Manitoba and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba. She worked as Director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division prior to her election. In 2010 she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the "Future Leaders" category by the Women's Executive Network.
Rempel was acclaimed as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in Calgary Centre-North on December 17, 2010, in anticipation of a by-election caused by the resignation of Jim Prentice. The uncalled by-election was superseded by the 2011 Federal Election.
Following her election to the House of Commons, Rempel was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment on May 25, 2011. She made headlines towards the end of 2011 for her strong performance during Question Period, and is seen as a rising star within the Conservative caucus. On November 21, 2012 Canadian newsmagazine Maclean's named her as one of their "Parliamentarians of the Year" in the "Rising Star" category. Rempel was recognized as the 7th biggest social media influencing MP in November 2013. The 2013 Hill Times Annual Most Valuable Politician & All Politics Poll awarded Rempel 2nd place in the "Best Up-and-comer MP" category behind Justin Trudeau.
Minister of State
On July 15, 2013 she was appointed Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. In October 2013 Rempel launched WINN, a $100 million five-year initiative that offers repayable contributions for small- and medium-sized enterprises with operations in Western Canada.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Paul Vargis||8,048||15.99||+0.67||$15,914.50|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||50,318||100.00||$|
|Total rejected ballots||200||0.40||–|
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