Shannon Stubbs

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Shannon Stubbs
Member of Parliament
for Lakeland
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding Re-established
Personal details
Born (1979-12-08) December 8, 1979 (age 44)
near Chipman, Alberta, Canada
Political partyConservative (Federal)
United Conservative Party (Provincial)
SpouseShayne Saskiw
ResidenceTwo Hills, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Alberta (BA)

Shannon Stubbs MP (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 2015 federal election. She was re-elected to represent the same riding in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections.


Shannon Stubbs was born near Chipman, Alberta in 1979.[1] She is part Ojibwa[2] and is the daughter of Bruce Stubbs.[citation needed] She is the granddaughter of Eileen Stubbs, a former mayor of Dartmouth. Her mother died when she was 14. Of her grandmother, Stubbs has stated that “...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.”[3]

Stubbs went to Lamont High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) in English and Political Science from the University of Alberta.[4] 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.[5] Stubbs is married to former Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills MLA Shayne Saskiw.[6]

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 the Wildrose Party, serving as Danielle Smith's chief of staff from 2010 to 2012 and the party's Director of Legislative Affairs from 2012 to 2014.[7]

In 2011, Stubbs won the Wildrose nomination in the riding of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, held by premier Ed Stelmach, with hopes of overturning him in the 2012 Alberta election.[8] 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 in the 2015 federal election to represent the Conservative Party in the newly recreated riding of Lakeland with a 74% popular vote.[9] She was appointed to the position of deputy critic for natural resources by Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose.[10] Here, she serves on the House's Standing Committee on Natural Resources.[11] She also serves as vice-chair for the Special Committee on Pay Equity.[12]

Shortly after Stubbs was elected in 2015, the federal government announced the relocation of an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada case-processing centre in Vegreville, Alberta to be moved to Edmonton for better access. Being a subject of controversy, the centre officially closed in September 2018.[13] Stubbs, however, won a 2017 Maclean's Parliamentarian of the Year award for MP that best represents constituents for her efforts to keep this centre open.[14]

During her first term, Stubbs participated in 497 Chamber Interventions, 338 Committee Interventions, and 892 Chamber Votes.[15] She seconded Bill C-406 which was an Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (foreign contributions).[15] This Bill, however, did not become a law.[16] In September, 2016, Stubbs presented petition e-216 to the House of Commons.[17]

In May 2018, Stubbs sponsored motion M-167, the instruction to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to undergo a study on rural crime in Canada. This motion was jointly seconded by 17 members and was agreed to on May 20, 2018.[18]

Stubbs was in full support when Conservative leader Andrew Scheer ran for leadership in the 2017 Conservative Party leadership election.[19]

Stubbs was re-elected with 83.9% of the votes for her riding during the 2019 federal election, making Canadian history for receiving the highest percentage for a female candidate.[20][21] During the ensuing 43rd Canadian Parliament, she introduced one private member bill, Bill C-221, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (oil and gas wells) which sought to create a tax credit for corporate expenses incurred during the decommissioning of old and inactive oil and gas wells.[22] It was brought to a vote on March 10, 2021, but defeated with only the Conservatives and Green Party members voting in favour.

After Erin O'Toole became the Conservative Party leader, he reassigned Stubbs, effective September 8, 2020, to be the Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.[23]

In 2021 Stubbs again received a Maclean's Parliamentarian of the Year award for Member of Parliament that "Best Represents Constituents."[24]

Following the Canadian federal election in September 2021, where the Conservative Party gained no seats and remained in opposition, Stubbs criticized O'Toole for his campaign leadership, and as of December 6, 2021, was the only MP calling for an early leadership review within 6 months.[25] In early December 2021, O'Toole referred Stubbs for investigation by the House of Commons for allegedly creating a toxic workplace environment in her office. The Globe and Mail and The Canadian Press independently confirmed an incident in where some of Stubbs's employees felt pressured into painting a room in her house. Stubbs told The Globe that the housepainting was a gift and that the referral was reprisal by O'Toole over her criticism of her leadership.[25]

Roles in Parliament[edit]

Election Candidate[edit]

Date Election Type Constituency Province/Territory Result
October 21, 2019 General Election Lakeland Alberta Re-Elected
October 19, 2015 General Election Lakeland Alberta Elected
Source: Parliament of Canada[26]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Constituency Province/Territory Start Date End Date
Lakeland Alberta October 21, 2019 -
Lakeland Alberta October 19, 2015 October 20, 2019
Source: Parliament of Canada[26]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Parliament Political Affiliation Start Date End Date
43rd Conservative October 21, 2019 -
42nd Conservatice October 19, 2015 October 20, 2019
Source: Parliament of Canada[26]


Parliament-Session Role Committee Start Date End Date
42-1 Vice-chair Natural Resources September 20, 2017 September 11, 2019
42-1 Vice-chair Pay Equity March 7, 2016 June 9, 2016
42-1 Member Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources October 2, 2017 September 11, 2019
42-1 Member Natural Resources January 29, 2016 September 11, 2019
42-1 Member Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Special Committee on Pay Equity March 7, 2016 June 9, 2016
42-1 Member Pay Equity February 17, 2016 June 9, 2016
Source: Parliament of Canada[26]

Parliamentary Associations and Inter-Parliamentary Groups[edit]

Parliament Role Association or Group Start Date End Date
42nd Member Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association September 28, 2018 March 31, 2019
42nd Member Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group February 2, 2017 March 31, 2017
Source: Parliament of Canada[26]

Electoral record[edit]


2021 Canadian federal election: Lakeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Shannon Stubbs 36,557 69.4 -14.5 $35,954.03
People's Ann McCormack 5,827 11.1 +8.5 $15,179.04
New Democratic Des Bissonnette 5,519 10.5 +4.0 $1,217.51
Liberal John Turvey 2,610 5.0 +0.5 $0.00
Maverick Fred Sirett 1,674 3.2 N/A $8,694.07
Green Kira Brunner 464 0.9 -1.0 $0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,651 99.6 $124,350.72
Total rejected ballots 229 0.4
Turnout 52,880 68.1
Eligible voters 77,712
Conservative hold Swing -11.5
Source: Elections Canada[27]
2019 Canadian federal election: Lakeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Shannon Stubbs 48,314 83.91 +11.11 $54,504.49
New Democratic Jeffrey Swanson 3,728 6.47 -3.59 none listed
Liberal Mark Watson 2,565 4.45 -9.24 none listed
People's Alain Houle 1,468 2.55 - $7,186.92
Green Kira Brunner 1,105 1.92 -0.42 $0.00
Libertarian Robert McFadzean 251 0.44 -0.66 $0.00
Veterans Coalition Roberta Marie Graham 147 0.26 - none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 57,578 99.66
Total rejected ballots 198 0.34 +0.06
Turnout 57,776 71.70 +2.79
Eligible voters 80,578
Conservative hold Swing +7.35
Source: Elections Canada[28][29]
2015 Canadian federal election: Lakeland
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Shannon Stubbs 39,882 72.81 -6.19 $96,950.81
Liberal Garry Parenteau 7,500 13.69 +8.59 $5,761.06
New Democratic Duane Zaraska 5,513 10.06 -1.16 $8,006.40
Green Danielle Montgomery 1,283 2.34 -1.88
Libertarian Robert George McFadzean 601 1.10 $1,653.97
Total valid votes/expense limit 54,779 99.72   $242,495.35
Total rejected ballots 155 0.28
Turnout 54,934 68.91
Eligible voters 79,721
Conservative notional hold Swing -7.39
Source: Elections Canada[30][31]


2012 Alberta general election: Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jacquie Fenske 8,370 49.30% -28.83%
Wildrose Shannon Stubbs 5,803 34.18%
New Democratic Chris Fulmer 1,553 9.15% 0.52%
Liberal Spencer Dunn 843 4.97% -4.43%
Evergreen Matt Levicki 229 1.35% -2.50%
Independent Peter Schneider 180 1.06%
Total 16,978
Rejected, spoiled and declined 145
Eligible electors / turnout 29,561 57.92% 9.27%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -26.81%
Source: "60 - Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, 2012 Alberta general election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
2004 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Strathcona
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raj Pannu 7,463 60.66% 10.04%
Progressive Conservative Shannon Stubbs 2,266 18.42% -15.93%
Liberal Steven Leard 1,854 15.07% 1.01%
Green Adrian Cole 288 2.34%
Alberta Alliance Jeremy Burns 273 2.22%
Social Credit Kelly Graham 160 1.30%
Total 12,304
Rejected, spoiled and declined 77 10 2
Eligible electors / turnout 24,830 49.87% -6.96%
New Democratic hold Swing 12.99%


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