Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada
'02 MA, Political Science
Rona Ambrose was first elected as a Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. In February 2006, she was appointed Minister of the Environment and in January 2007, she was named President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification. She currently serves as Minister of Labour.
Ambrose received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. Her Master's research focused on the impact of emerging policy issues on Canadian politics. Some of the topics she researched include privacy legislation, electronic government and information/telecommunications delivery options available to governments in Canada.
Ambrose has been a member of a number of parliamentary committees and related subcommittees, including the standing committees on Finance, and on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the subcommittee on Fiscal Imbalance and the Legislative Committee on Bill C-38.
Prior to her election, Ambrose held the post of Senior Intergovernmental Affairs Officer with the International and Intergovernmental Affairs Department of the Government of Alberta. This position permitted her to focus on issues such as senate reform, the Kyoto Protocol and the 2003 Canada Health Accord. She is a former columnist and has also owned her own communications-consulting firm.
Ambrose speaks Portuguese and intermediate French. She has a long history of volunteering for causes that improve the lives of women, including the Edmonton Women's Shelter, the Status of Women Action Group, and the Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Centre.
Ambrose is passionate about informing young Canadians about the important role that politics can play in their lives.