Michelle Rempel

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The Honourable
Michelle Rempel
Michelle Rempel 2014.jpg
Shadow Minister for Immigration
Assumed office
November 20, 2015
Leader Rona Ambrose
Preceded by Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Nose Hill
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Diane Ablonczy
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Centre-North
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Jim Prentice
Succeeded by District abolished
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)
In office
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Lynne Yelich
Succeeded by Ministry abolished
Personal details
Born Michelle Godin
(1980-02-14) February 14, 1980 (age 35)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s) Blake Richards [1]
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Profession Administrative professional

Michelle Rempel PC MP (née Godin; born February 14, 1980) is a Canadian politician, who has been the federal Member of Parliament (MP) for the electoral riding of Calgary Centre-North from the 2011 Canadian federal election until 2015 when she was elected in the riding of Calgary Nose Hill.[2] Rempel is a member of the Conservative Party and served as the Minister of State responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. She formerly served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.[3] On November 20, 2015 she was appointed as Official Opposition Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rempel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is of partial Franco-Manitoban ancestry[5] and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba. She worked as Director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division prior to her election. Under her leadership the sponsored research funding grew from $7 million in 2007 to over $100 million in 2009.[6] In 2010 she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the "Future Leaders" category by the Women's Executive Network.[7] In 2014 Rempel was named one of Calgary`s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine.[8]

She previously served as president of the Conservative Party riding executive for the riding of Calgary—Nose Hill.[3]


Rempel was acclaimed as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in Calgary Centre-North on December 17, 2010, in anticipation of a by-election caused by the resignation of Jim Prentice.[9] The uncalled by-election was superseded by the 2011 Federal Election.

Following her election to the House of Commons, Rempel was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment on May 25, 2011. She made headlines towards the end of 2011 for her strong performance during Question Period, and is seen as a rising star within the Conservative caucus.[10][11] Michelle`s leadership was noted by many as instrumental in the multi-partisan effort to create Sable Island National Park Reserve.[12] On November 21, 2012 Canadian newsmagazine Maclean's named her as one of their "Parliamentarians of the Year" in the "Rising Star" category,[13] which Rempel repeated on November 24, 2014.[14] Rempel was recognized as the MP with the 7th biggest social media influence in November 2013.[15] The 2013 Hill Times Annual Most Valuable Politician & All Politics Poll awarded Rempel 2nd place in the "Best Up-and-comer MP" category behind Justin Trudeau.[16]

She was one of the co-chairs of the 2013 Conservative Party of Canada's national convention held in Calgary.[17] In November 2014 she was named one of Calgary's "Top 40 Under 40" by Avenue Magazine.[18]

Minister of State[edit]

On July 15, 2013 she was appointed Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.[19] She is the youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history.[18] In October 2013 Rempel launched WINN, a $100 million five-year initiative that offers repayable contributions for small- and medium-sized enterprises with operations in Western Canada.[20] At Western Economic Diversification Rempel has directed about $100 million to small- and medium-sized companies in emerging sectors, such as clean energy.[18]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Calgary Nose Hill
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Michelle Rempel 32,760 60.0%
Liberal Robert Prcic 14,671 26.9%
New Democratic Bruce Kaufman 4,872 8.9%
Green Laurie Scheer 1,384 2.5 %
Libertarian Edward Gao 727 1.3%
Democratic Advancement Faizan Butt 184 0.3 %
Turnout 54,598 66.92%
Eligible voters 81,582
Canadian federal election, 2011: Calgary Centre-North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Michelle Rempel 28,443 56.53 0.00 $82,363.77
New Democratic Paul Vargis 8,048 15.99 +0.67 $15,914.50
Liberal Stephen Randall 7,046 14.00 +2.23 $55,742.32
Green Heather MacIntosh 6,578 13.07 -2.22 $42,457.33
Marxist–Leninist Peggy Askin 203 0.40 +0.02 $0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,318 100.00   $
Total rejected ballots 200 0.40
Turnout 50,518 60.55
Eligible voters 83,431


  1. ^ http://www.hilltimes.com/hill-climbers/2015/06/22/more-changes-in-trade-minister-fasts-office-this-time-on-policy-side/42592
  2. ^ "Michelle Rempel elected in Calgary Centre-North; Harper re-elected". Global Calgary. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "About Michelle". Michellerempel.ca. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose taps women for top shadow cabinet jobs". 20 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015]].  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ https://openparliament.ca/politicians/michelle-rempel/?page=1
  6. ^ National Post. "WXN's 2010 Award Winners". Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Women's Executive Network. "Previous Winners — Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Avenue Calgary. "2014 Alumni — Top 40 Under 40". Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Schneider, Katie (17 December 2010). "Tory hopeful nominated to replace Prentice". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Commons: The tiny, perfect Conservative". Maclean's Magazine. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Taber, Jane (9 December 2011). "Confident rookie MP one of a new breed of Tory women". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Avenue Calgary. "2014 Alumni — Top 40 Under 40". Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Parliamentarians of the Year 2012 — Michelle Rempel, rising star". Maclean's Magazine. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Parliamentarians of the Year 2014 — Michelle Rempel, rising star". Maclean's Magazine. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Twitter on the Hill: Jason Kenney, Paul Wells the top influencers so far". 20 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "National News: Elizabeth May named one of Canada’s Top 3 Most Valuable MPs for 2013". Northumberland View. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tory convention energizes Conservative core for 2015 campaign". Calgary Sun. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c "Michelle Rempel Top 40 under 40". Avenue Magazine. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Honourable Michelle Rempel". 
  20. ^ "Harper Government Announces New Initiative to Support Technology Commercialization and Business Growth in the West". 

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