Mary Anne Jablonski

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Mary Anne Jablonski
MLA for Red Deer North
In office
September 25, 2000 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byStockwell Day
Succeeded byKim Schreiner
Minister of Seniors and Community Supports in the Alberta government
In office
March 13, 2008 – October 12, 2011
Preceded byGreg Melchin
Succeeded byGeorge VanderBurg
Personal details
Bornc. 1952 (age 66–67)
St. Catharines, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceRed Deer, Alberta

Mary Anne Jablonski (born c. 1952) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Red Deer North as a Progressive Conservative.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jablonski was born and raised with three sisters and a brother in St. Catharines, Ontario. She studied psychology and political science at Brock University on scholarship. She married her husband, Bob, in 1971. The couple has three children.

In 1980, Bob was transferred to Penhold with the Canadian Forces and the family moved to Alberta with him. Mary Anne Jablonski participated in a successful lobby effort in the early 1980s, petitioning the federal government for dental plans for families of military personnel and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members, and promoting the rights of military spouses.

Jablonski worked in a bank for seven years. She and her husband also owned and operated a fiberglass manufacturing company for many years. They employed 18 people and produced a variety of objects, including waterslides, jet boats and RV parts.

Political career[edit]

Jablonski was first elected in a 2000 by-election to fill a spot left vacant by Stockwell Day, who resigned to seek the leadership of the federal Canadian Alliance party. Since her election, Jablonski has been a member of numerous committees and chaired the Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services; Alberta Mental Health Board Liaison and Advisory Committee; Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services; Youth Secretariat; and Corrections Review Committee.

Jablonski was elected to her fourth term representing the constituency of Red Deer North in the 2008 provincial election.[2] Premier Ed Stelmach appointed her minister of Seniors and Community Supports on March 13, 2008. Stelmach gave Jablonski a mandate of improving quality, supply and choice in the continuing care system, and supporting persons with disabilities' independence and self-reliance through employability incentives. In addition, Jablonski formed a Demographic Planning Commission to consult with Albertans and to develop an Aging Population Framework. She also began meeting with major stakeholder groups and touring care facilities throughout Alberta.[3]

As of January 2010, she is being criticized for cuts being made to Alberta's Person's With Developmental Disabilities Program (P.D.D.).[4] In response to public criticism of cuts to the PDD program Jablonski has clarified that, "due to fiscal restraint measures taken across government, this increase is reduced by $11.3 million, or about two per cent of the overall program budget. The end result is still an increase to the PDD budget of approximately $22 million."[5] Many people involved in the care of Persons with a Developmental Disability, feel that the cuts are "the wrong decision."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jablonski lives with her husband Bob in Red Deer. The couple has three adult children and five grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys camping and hiking with family.

Jablonski has been active in many community groups, including the Catholic Women's League, Girl Guides of Canada[6] and the Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, as a member of ITC (formerly Toast Mistresses), she won the international speech competition in Kobe, Japan.[2]

Election results[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, September 25, 2000: Red Deer-North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Mary Anne Jablonski 2,026 48.82 −6.63
Liberal Norm McDougall 1,634 39.37 9.21
Alberta First Patti Argent 338 8.15 0.39
New Democratic Linda Roth 152 3.66 −2.97
Total 4,150
Rejected, spoiled and declined 7
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,409 20.37
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −7.92
Source: "Red Deer-North by-election results". Elections Alberta. September 25, 2000. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
2001 Alberta general election: Red Deer-North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Mary Anne Jablonski 5,025 57.10% 8.28%
Liberal Norm McDougall 3,110 35.34% −4.03%
Alberta First Patti Argent 356 4.05% −4.10%
New Democratic Jim Guthrie 309 3.51% −0.15%
Total 8,800
Rejected, spoiled and declined 20
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,651 40.73%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 6.16%
Source: "Red Deer-North Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
2004 Alberta general election results ( Red Deer-North ) Turnout 39.1%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Mary Anne Jablonski 3,733 42.8%
     Liberal Norm McDougall 2,647 30.4%
Alberta Alliance Rand Sisson 1,657 19.0%
     NDP Steven Bedford 432 5.0%
Green Colin Fisher 244 2.8%
2008 Alberta general election results ( Red Deer-North ) Turnout 29.5%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Mary Anne Jablonski 4,715 57.9%
     Liberal Richard Farrand 1,770 21.7%
Green Rueben Tschetter 463 5.7%
     NDP Shawn Nielsen 560 6.9%
Wildrose Alliance Urs Lehner 630 7.7%