Stella Ambler

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Stella Ambler
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga South
In office
2011–2015
Preceded by Paul Szabo
Succeeded by Sven Spengemann
Personal details
Born (1966-09-29) September 29, 1966 (age 49)
Etobicoke, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Richard Ambler
Residence Mississauga, Ontario
Profession Civil servant

Stella Ambler (born September 29, 1966) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. She represented the riding of Mississauga South from 2011 to 2015 as a member of the Conservative Party.

Background[edit]

Ambler's parents are Italian immigrants who met and married in Canada, settling in Etobicoke then moving to Brampton. She obtained a degree in psychology from the University of Toronto. Ambler married her husband, Richard Ambler, in 1992. She worked as a political advisor to the Ontario government but left this position to stay at home and raise her children for nine years. They lived in Brampton together before moving to the Lorne Park area of Mississauga.

Politics[edit]

Ambler was the Director of Regional Affairs (Greater Toronto Area) to the Minister responsible for Ontario, the former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. She ran in the 2008 federal election in the riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton, but was defeated by Liberal Gurbax Singh Malhi.[1] In the 2011 election she defeated Liberal MP Paul Szabo in the riding of Mississauga South.[2][3] Both Szabo and Ambler are strong pro-life supporters. Ambler was a backbench MP in the Stephen Harper government.

In 2013, Ambler was appointed Chair of the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women.[4] A year later, the Committee released a report on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women that called for more action on the issue. Critics of the report complained that the report failed to recommend the establishment of a national inquiry into the issue.[5] The Liberals campaigned on establishing such an inquiry. The Trudeau government established the Inquiry immediately after defeating the Harper Conservatives.

Ambler is a supporter of the pro-life movement. In 2012, she voted in favour of a private member's bill sponsored by Stephen Woodworth that sought to review the definition of conception under the criminal code. In 2013, she voted in favour of another private member's bill that sought to ban sex-selective abortions.[6] In May 2015, she participated in a rally that urged demonstrators to vote pro-life in the upcoming election.[7]

Ambler was the Conservative candidate in the 2015 election for the new riding of Mississauga—Lakeshore. On October 19, 2015, she was defeated by Sven Spengemann in the 42nd general election.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greater Toronto Area Results". The Toronto Star. October 15, 2008. p. U2. 
  2. ^ "Ambler breaks through for the blue in Mississauga South". Toronto Star. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Riding results from across Canada". Edmonton Journal. May 3, 2011. p. A6. 
  4. ^ Louie, Rosella (March 28, 2013). "MP Stella Ambler to head committee investigating missing women". Mississauga News. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Kusch, Larry (March 8, 2014). "'Status quo' report incites outrage". Winnipeg Free Press. p. A12. 
  6. ^ Wingrove, Josh (May 10, 2013). "MPs rally for renewed abortion debate". The Globe and Mail. p. A6. 
  7. ^ Feibel, Adam (May 15, 2015). "MPs urge Hill demonstrators to 'vote pro-life' in fall election". The Ottawa Citizen. p. A2. 
  8. ^ "Liberal candidate Sven Spengemann wins Mississauga-Lakeshore". Toronto Star. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 

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