Phillips in May 2015
|Minister of Environment and Parks of Alberta|
|Assumed office |
May 24, 2015
|Preceded by||Kyle Fawcett|
|MLA for Lethbridge-West|
|Assumed office |
May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Greg Weadick|
|Born||September 4, 1975|
|Political party||Alberta New Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Alberta|
|Occupation||economic policy analyst, journalist, consultant|
|Portfolio||Minister of Environment & Minister for the Status of Women|
Shannon Phillips (born September 4, 1975) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Lethbridge-West. On May 24, 2015 she was sworn in as the Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women in the Alberta Cabinet. She also serves as the Deputy House Leader for the NDP Caucus. Phillips previously ran in the 2012 general election losing to PC incumbent Greg Weadick.
Life and career
Phillips is an economic policy analyst who worked for the Alberta Federation of Labour, where she did much work on energy and environment-related matters. She also served as chair of the group Womanspace Lethbridge. She has two sons. Phillips is also known as Gnome Stompsky #4746 when she is playing Roller derby with the Lethbridge Roller Derby Guild for the Deathbridge Derby Dames team. Phillips is conversational in French. She is a single mother with two children.
In the news
On January 8, 2018, Phillips was in the news because of a Tweet, which Phillips said was sent by her assistant, in support of a Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, in which the Lethbridge organization called on all Albertans to undertake 5 actions for 30 days from January 15 through February 15. This included "unplugging electronics, refraining from idling vehicles, using reusable shopping bags, reducing shower time, and going meatless for one day each week." A Twitter comment by Doug Munton, co-owner and operator with his son Mike of the Lethbridge-based Benchmark Angus & Beef, was headlined in a Global News article. Munton said that Phillip's tweet was a "slap in the face to our farmers and ranchers in the area." Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers said that Environment Lethbridge's Green Challenge which suggested eating less meat was clearly done with "good intentions" but was misinformed as "going meatless for one day a week" would not "reduce people's environmental impact substantially."
On June 24, 2016 the Wildrose Party[Notes 1], said during question period that Phillips' editorial work for Greenpeace's Mike Hudema 2004 book, entitled An Action a Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away, would "make the business and industrial sectors even more jittery about the agenda of the new NDP government." Phillips, who wrote the foreword and did some copy editing, said she did not contribute to the content.
On January 5, 2019, following alleged bullying and intimidation of the proposed Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park supporters, Minister Phillips issued a statement announcing that public consultations that were planned for Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Sundre, would be cancelled and with announcements of alternative consultations. The Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park is a proposed provincial park that would be situated near Rocky Mountain House. The proposed area to be set is "about the size of Rhode Island" and is the largest of four proposals for "new or expanded" parks.[Notes 2] The proposed region, situated between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park , would provide a vast and critical wildlife corridor for numerous wildlife species, including sensitive species, such as bull trout—Alberta’s provincial fish, wolverine, and grizzly bears, that would extend from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in the south to the Yukon in Northern Canada. According to a January 7, 2019 article in The Globe and Mail, some residents of Rocky Mountain House, a town of 7,000, led by United Conservative Party (UCP) Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (MLA) for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, Jason Nixon, oppose the creation of the park. Nixon has made unfounded claims that the plan is a "foreign-funded plot to wall off the back country to Albertans who call the region home".
2012 general election
|Alberta general election, 2012: Lethbridge-West|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Weadick||5,810||36.66||-7.02|
|New Democratic||Shannon Phillips||4,746||29.95||+19.65|
|Alberta Party||David Walters||177||1.11||–|
|Total valid votes||15,849||98.97|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||165||1.03|
|Registered electors / Turnout||29,267||54.72||+20.84|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-13.34|
2015 general election
|Alberta general election, 2015: Lethbridge-West|
|New Democratic||Shannon Phillips||11,114||59.18||+29.23|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Weadick||3,938||20.97||-15.69|
|Total valid votes||18,779||99.05|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||181||0.95||-0.08|
|Registered electors / Turnout||34,146||55.53||+0.81|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+22.46|
- The Wildrose and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta merged to form the United Conservative Party on October 28, 2017.
- According to a January 7, 2019 The Globe and Mail article, with the oil industry in the early stages of a recovery following several years of a deep downturn, the Alberta provincial deficit is "projected at $8.8-billion".
- Shannon Phillips: Alberta’s Minister of hard hits
- "Shannon Phillips – NDP – Lethbridge-West Archived 2015-05-24 at the Wayback Machine," Lethbridge Herald, April 8, 2015, URL accessed May 8, 2015.
- "Rachel Notley sworn in as Alberta premier, reveals cabinet," CBC News May 24, 2015.
- James Wood, "Former college official now minister of energy," Calgary Herald, May 24, 2015.
- "Alberta Takes Meaningful Steps Toward Climate Change Strategy". YourAlberta. 25 June 2015.
- Scarpelli, Joe (January 8, 2018). "Alberta rancher calls Environment Lethbridge's challenge to eat less meat 'a slap in the face'". Global News. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
- Breakenridge, Rob (January 10, 2018). "Minister's apology for 'eat less meat' tweet misses the mark". Global News. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
- Bennett, Dean (June 24, 2015). "Alberta environment minister faces questions over work on protest book". Calgary Herald via The Canadian Press. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
- Bighorn Country public information sessions: Statement from Minister Phillips, alberta.ca, January 5, 2019
- "Bighorn Country info sessions cancelled amid allegations of bullying, intimidation". CBC News. January 5, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
- Lewis, Jeff (January 7, 2019). "On the Rockies' edge, frictions form over Alberta's plan for new provincial park". Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
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