Martha Bielish

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Martha Palamarek Bielish (October 20, 1915 – May 18, 2010) was a politician, farmer, feminist, and teacher from Alberta, Canada. She served as a member of the Senate of Canada sitting with the Progressive Conservative caucus from 1979 to 1990.

Early life[edit]

Bielish was born in 1915 in Warspite, Alberta. She served in politics on the municipal level as an elected School Trustee.

Bielish ran for a seat to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1959 Alberta general election as a provincial Progressive Conservative candidate in the electoral district of Redwater. She was defeated finishing a distant third place in the three way race losing to Social Credit candidate John Dubetz and finishing behind incumbent MLA Alfred Macyk who finished second.[1]

In 1965 she became president of Alberta's Women's Institute.[2]

Senate career[edit]

Bielish was appointed to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Joe Clark on September 27, 1979 and served her full term until mandatory retirement on September 26, 1990. She was the first Ukrainian-Canadian female senator ever appointed.

Late life[edit]

Bielish died on May 18, 2010.[3]


  1. ^ "Redwater results 1959". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sanderson, Kay (1999). 200 Remarkable Alberta Women. Calgary: Famous Five Foundation. p. 88. 
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