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
Born
Leela Sharon Aheer

(1970-09-26) September 26, 1970 (age 49)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyUnited Conservative
Other political
affiliations
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]

Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House[edit]

Aheer was elected Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House in the 30th Alberta Legislature on May 21, 2019.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] Aheer says the day is an “opportunity to be able to recognize the many ways women contribute to the economy.”[7]

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


Electoral history[edit]

2019 general electio[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Chestermere-Strathmore
The 2019 general election will be held on April 16.
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 7,679 37.0% -21.5%
Progressive Conservative Bruce McAllister 7,457 36.0% +0.8%
New Democratic William Pelech 3,704 17.9% +14.8%
Independent Jamie Lall 1,096 5.3%
Green Coral Bliss Taylor 415 2.0%
Independent Matt Grant 384 1.9%
Total Valid Votes 20,735
Wildrose gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -10.4%

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  3. ^ "Kenney Appoints Leadership Team To Stand Up For Albertans". UCP Caucus. 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 legislature's new Speaker named after United Conservative agenda laid out". thestar.com.
  6. ^ "Alberta introduces 'Clare's Law' bill that will allow access to partner's criminal records". Global News. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  7. ^ a b "Breaking barriers for women in business". www.mtroyal.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-22.