Stephanie McLean (politician)

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Stephanie McLean
Stephanie McLean in her campaign office, prior to being elected MLA for Calgary Varsity (17172988618) (cropped).jpg
Minister of Service Alberta
In office
February 2, 2016 – June 18, 2018
Preceded by Danielle Larivee
Succeeded by Brian Malkinson
Minister of Status of Women
In office
February 2, 2016 – June 18, 2018
Preceded by Ministry Created
Succeeded by Danielle Larivee
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded by Donna Kennedy-Glans
Personal details
Born (1987-03-02) March 2, 1987 (age 31)
Calgary, Alberta
Political party Alberta New Democratic Party
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater

Concordia University College of Alberta Bachelor of Arts

University of Calgary Law
Occupation Family Law Lawyer

Stephanie Veronica McLean is a Canadian lawyer and politician who was elected in the Alberta general election, 2015 to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-Varsity.[1] She is a graduate of the University of Calgary's law school and was sworn in as the Minister of Status of Women and Minister of Service Alberta on February 2, 2016.[2]

Political career[edit]

McLean made history when she became the first Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and first Minister in Alberta's history to give birth while in office. McLean gave birth to a baby boy, Patrick, on February 12, 2016.[3] McLean's pregnancy sparked questions around the logistics and rules of the Alberta legislature around pregnancy, maternity leave, and support for new parents in the legislature.[4] Her pregnancy spurred the creation of an all-party committee with a mandate to review and make recommendations on maternity leave and making the Legislature more responsive to members' family obligations.[5] When asked why she thought it took until 2015 for the Alberta Legislature to have a pregnant MLA, McLean replied that for the first time in Alberta's history an unprecedented number of women had been elected; "It’s just a matter of it being a typical old boys’ club. When you look down from the galleries at the House, our half of the House has substantially more women than in the past. It took Alberta some time to change and we had a substantial change in government." [6]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Varsity
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Stephanie McLean 8,297 43.94 +39.31
Progressive Conservative Susan Billington 5,700 30.19 -15.71
Wildrose Sharon Polsky 2,598 13.76 -12.45
Liberal Pete Helfrich 1,862 9.86 -10.62
Green Carl Svoboda 424 2.25 +0.92
Total valid votes 18,881 99.33 +0.03
Rejected, spoiled and declined 127 0.67 -0.03
Eligible voters / Turnout 32,467 58.55 -1.30
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +27.51
"2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-01.