Leela Aheer

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Leela Aheer
MLA
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Deputy Leader of the United Conservative Party
Assumed office
October 30, 2017
Leader Jason Kenney
Preceded by Mike Ellis
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Chestermere-Rocky View
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded by Bruce McAllister
Personal details
Born Leela Sharon Aheer
(1970-09-26) September 26, 1970 (age 47)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political party United Conservative
Other political
affiliations
Wildrose (2015–17)
Residence Chestermere, Alberta, Canada
Alma mater University 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

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]

She supported the merger between Wildrose and the PCs based on the desires of her constituents.[2] On October 30th 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]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: 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.