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Rachel Notley (1964 - )

Premier of Alberta

Rachel Notley (1964 - )

Rachel Notley is Premier of Alberta, leading the first NDP government in Alberta’s history. She grew up in a passionate political family and was inspired to improve her home province through her work.

  • Her father was Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley. When she was a college student, she challenged him at a public meeting on poverty and student debt. “Mr. Notley,” she said, “my parents make too much money for me to get a loan, yet my parents are so cheap and I am so hungry. What would you recommend for me to do?” Her father gave her a $20 bill when the meeting was over.
  • Her mother was an activist, taking Notley to protest marches before her tenth birthday and contributing to her political and social awareness.
  • Notley has university degrees in Political Science and Law.
  • As a lawyer, she focused on labour, workers’ compensation advocacy, and workplace health and safety issues.
  • In 2015 she apologized to the Aboriginal community of Alberta on behalf of the government for its history of neglect and abuse.
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