Shannon Stubbs

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Shannon Stubbs
MP
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Official Opposition Critic for Natural Resources
Assumed office
August 30, 2017
Leader Andrew Scheer
Preceded by Mark Strahl
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lakeland
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Riding Re-established
Personal details
Born (1979-12-08) December 8, 1979 (age 38)
near Chipman, Alberta
Political party Conservative (Federal)
United Conservative Party (Provincial)
Spouse(s) Shayne Saskiw
Residence Two Hills, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta

Shannon Stubbs (born December 8, 1979) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Lakeland in the House of Commons of Canada in the Canadian federal election, 2015.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shannon was born near Chipman, Alberta in 1979.[2] She is the granddaughter of Eileen Stubbs, a former mayor of Dartmouth. Her mother died when she was 14.[3]

Stubbs holds a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) in English and Political Science from the University of Alberta. During her university years, she served as an intern in Leader of the Opposition Preston Manning's office, and as an assistant to MP Deborah Grey.[4]

Political career[edit]

Provincial politics[edit]

While working as a bureaucrat for the provincial government, Stubbs ran in the 2004 Alberta election for the governing Progressive Conservatives against Raj Pannu in Edmonton-Strathcona, placing a distant second. She later left the party and became involved with Wildrose, serving as Danielle Smith's chief of staff from 2010–12 and the party's Director of Legislative Affairs from 2012-14.[5]

In 2011, Stubbs won the Wildrose nomination in the riding of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, held by premier Ed Stelmach, in the hope of unseating him in the 2012 Alberta election.[6] He subsequently resigned and retired from politics, but Stubbs was defeated by PC candidate and former Strathcona County councillor Jacquie Fenske.

Federal politics[edit]

Stubbs was elected by a landslide under the Conservative banner in the newly-recreated riding of Lakeland in the 2015 federal election. Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose appointed her to the position of deputy critic for natural resources.[7] In that capacity, she serves on the House's Standing Committee on Natural Resources.[8] She also serves as vice-chair for the Special Committee on Pay Equity.[9]

She endorsed Andrew Scheer in the Conservative Party leadership election of 2017.[10]

Shortly after Stubbs was elected, the federel government announced the relocation of an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada case-processing centre in Vegreville, Alberta, a town within Stubbs' riding of Lakeland, to Edmonton. Stubbs likened the relocation of the centre, which provided Vegreville with 280 full-time jobs, to the loss of nearly 300,000 jobs in Toronto, Canada's largest city with a population of 2.809 million people.

MP Stubbs won a 2017 MacLean's Parliamentarian of the Year award for MP that best represents constituents for her efforts to keep open the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada case-processing centre in Vegreville, Alberta. [11]

Personal life[edit]

In April, 2016, Shannon went to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to visit the town where her grandmother, Eileen Stubbs, was mayor from 1973-75 after leaving a journalism career with the Dartmouth Free Press. Shannon said of Eileen, whom she referred to as 'Missy Nan', “...She wasn’t partisan; she was all over the political map, but right and wrong mattered to her. I try to remember that and hope it will guide me in politics.”[12]

Stubbs is married to former Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills MLA Shayne Saskiw. Shayne now runs a law firm in Edmonton, Alberta, called Alberta Counsel.

Electoral record[edit]

Federal[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Lakeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Shannon Stubbs 39,882 72.8 -6.19
Liberal Garry Parenteau 7,500 13.7 +8.6
New Democratic Duane Zaraska 5,513 10.1 -1.12
Green Danielle Montgomery 1,283 2.3 -1.93
Libertarian Robert George McFadzean 601 1.1 +0.64
Total valid votes/Expense limit 54,779 100.0     $240,908.69
Total rejected ballots 155
Turnout 54,934 69.24
Eligible voters 79,334
Conservative hold Swing -7.40
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]

Provincial[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jacquie Fenske 8,366 49.28% -28.85%
Wildrose Shannon Stubbs 5,800 34.17%
New Democratic Chris Fulmer 1,556 9.17% +0.54%
Liberal Spencer Dunn 845 4.98% -4.41%
Evergreen Matt Levicki 229 1.35% -2.5%
Independent Peter Schneider 180 1.06%
Total valid votes 16,976
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -31.51%
Alberta general election, 2004: Edmonton-Strathcona
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raj Pannu 7,463 60.66% 10.05%
Progressive Conservative Shannon Stubbs 2,266 18.42% −15.93%
Liberal Stephen Leard 1,854 15.07% 1.01%
Greens Adrian Cole 288 2.34%
Alberta Alliance Jeremy Burns 273 2.21%
Social Credit Kelly Graham 160 1.30%
Total 12,304
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 89
Eligible Electors / Turnout 24,830 49.91%
New Democratic hold Swing 12.99%
Source: "Edmonton-Strathcona Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 

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