Leela Aheer

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Leela Aheer

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Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women
Assumed office
April 30, 2019
PremierJason Kenney
Preceded byDanielle Larivee
Deputy Leader of the United Conservative Party
Assumed office
October 30, 2017
LeaderJason Kenney
Preceded byMike Ellis
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Chestermere-Strathmore
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded byconstituency established
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Chestermere-Rocky View
In office
May 5, 2015 – April 16, 2019
Preceded byBruce McAllister
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Personal details
Leela Sharon Aheer

(1970-09-26) September 26, 1970 (age 50)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyUnited Conservative
Other political
Wildrose (2015–17)
ResidenceChestermere, Alberta, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
University of Manitoba (B.M.)

Leela Sharon Aheer (born September 26, 1970) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 Alberta election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and re-elected in the 2019 Alberta general election.

Political career[edit]

Wildrose MLA[edit]

Aheer defeated incumbent Wildrose-turned-PC MLA Bruce McAllister by a slim margin in 2015, becoming the second member to represent Chestermere-Rocky View.[1]

UCP Deputy Leader[edit]

Aheer supported the merger between Wildrose and the PCs based on the desires of her constituents.[2] On October 30, 2017, Aheer was appointed deputy leader of the United Conservative Party by newly elected leader Jason Kenney.[3] She expressed surprise at Kenney's move, describing herself as a "very centrist conservative" who might challenge some of his views.[2]

As deputy leader, she urged delegates at the founding UCP policy convention not to adopt an anti-GSA motion as official party policy. It passed with 57% support.[4]

Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6] Aheer says the day is an “opportunity to be able to recognize the many ways women contribute to the economy.”[6]

Alberta provincial government of Jason Kenney
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Danielle Larivee Minister of Status of Women
April 30, 2019–
Ricardo Miranda Minister of Culture & Multiculturalism
April 30, 2019–

Electoral history[edit]

2019 general election[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Chestermere-Strathmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Leela Aheer 15,612 68.5% -3.41%
New Democratic Melissa Langmaid 3,558 15.6% -3.08%
Freedom Conservative Derek Fildebrandt 1,683 7.4% --
Alberta Party Jason Avramenko 1,460 6.4% +4.3%
Liberal Sharon Howe 238 1% -0.2%
  Independence Roger Dean Walker
Independent Terry Nicholls 112 0.5%
Total valid votes 22,799
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 173
Registered electors 35,595
Turnout 64.4%

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Chestermere-Rocky View
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Wildrose Leela Aheer 7,676 37.04% -21.32%
Progressive Conservative Bruce McAllister 7,454 35.97% 0.64%
New Democratic William James Pelech 3,706 17.88% 14.80%
Independent Jamie Lall 1,093 5.27%
Green Coral Bliss Taylor 405 1.95%
Independent Matt Grant 391 1.89%
Total 20,725
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 91
Eligible electors / Turnout 34,928 59.60% 4.38%
Wildrose hold Swing -10.98%
Source: "54 - Chestermere-Rocky View Official Results 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.


  1. ^ "Chestermere-Rockyview: Wildrose candidate wins in controversy-ridden riding". Gwendolyn Richards. Calgary Herald. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  2. ^ a b "Aheer named deputy leader for UCP". Rocky View Weekly. Archived from the original on 2019-04-05. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  3. ^ "Kenney Appoints Leadership Team To Stand Up For Albertans |". UCP Caucus. Archived from the original on 2019-04-05. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  4. ^ "'They need to be safe': Alberta Conservatives clash on motion outing children who join after-school gay-straight alliances". National Post. 2018-05-06. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  5. ^ "Alberta introduces 'Clare's Law' bill that will allow access to partner's criminal records". Global News. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  6. ^ a b "Breaking barriers for women in business". www.mtroyal.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-22.