This Canadian Hindus contains uncited categories.(June 2020)
|Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women|
April 30, 2019 – July 8, 2021
|Preceded by||Danielle Larivee|
|Succeeded by||Ron Orr|
|Deputy Leader of the United Conservative Party|
|Assumed office |
October 30, 2017
|Preceded by||Mike Ellis|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Chestermere-Strathmore|
(Chestermere-Rocky View; 2015–2019)
|Assumed office |
May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Bruce McAllister|
Leela Sharon Aheer
September 26, 1970
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Political party||United Conservative|
|Residence(s)||Chestermere, Alberta, Canada|
|Alma mater||University of Calgary|
University of Manitoba (B.M.)
|Occupation||Business owner, music teacher|
On June 8, 2022, Aheer announced her candidacy in the 2022 United Conservative Party leadership election.
Early life and career
Aheer was born in Edmonton, but her family moved to Chestermere in 1979. After graduating from Chestermere High school in 1988, Aheer spent ten months in South India, where her family originated. Aheer began her university education in Political Science at the University of Calgary, but transferred to the University of Manitoba to earn a Bachelor of Music degree. Post-graduation, she taught music for 22 years and was involved in family-owned businesses including property investment, a car wash and a gas station.
UCP Deputy Leader
Aheer supported the merger between Wildrose and the PCs based on the desires of her constituents. On October 30, 2017, Aheer was appointed deputy leader of the United Conservative Party by newly elected leader Jason Kenney. She expressed surprise at Kenney's move, describing herself as a "very centrist conservative" who might challenge some of his views.
Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women
On April 30, 2019, Leela Aheer was appointed Alberta's Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women.
As Minister, Aheer introduced Alberta's version of Clare's Law in tandem with Alberta's Minister of Community and Social Services, Rajan Sawhney. The legislation aims to empower those at potential risk of a domestic violence relationship to have access to information about their partner's criminal history, and attempts to provide those at risk of domestic violence with fuller awareness of an intimate partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.
On November 19, 2019, Aheer declared the date Women's Entrepreneurship Day in Alberta at the first-ever Canadian-based Women's Entrepreneurship Day summit. The day seeks to break down the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs, and is the first time the day is recognized in Canada. Aheer says the day is an “opportunity to be able to recognize the many ways women contribute to the economy.”
She was removed as from her position on July 8, 2021 after criticizing Jason Kenney.
UCP Leadership Campaign
On June 8, 2022, Aheer announced her candidacy in the 2022 United Conservative Party leadership election at an event in Chestermere.
2019 general election
|2019 Alberta general election: Chestermere-Strathmore|
|United Conservative||Leela Sharon Aheer||15,612||68.48%||3.43%|
|New Democratic||Melissa Langmaid||3,558||15.61%||-2.63%|
|Freedom Conservative||Derek Fildebrandt||1,683||7.38%||–|
|Alberta Party||Jason Avramenko||1,460||6.40%||–|
|Liberal||Sharon L. Howe||238||1.04%||–|
|Alberta Independence||Roger Dean Walker||136||0.60%||–|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||132||35||6|
|Eligible electors / turnout||35,595||64.4%|
|United Conservative pickup new district.|
2015 general election
|2015 Alberta general election: Chestermere-Rocky View|
|Progressive Conservative||Bruce McAllister||7,454||35.97%||0.64%|
|New Democratic||William James Pelech||3,706||17.88%||14.80%|
|Green||Coral Bliss Taylor||405||1.95%||–|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||91||–||–|
|Eligible electors / turnout||34,928||59.60%||4.38%|
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