Rona Ambrose (1969 - )
Rona Ambrose is a politician from Alberta who has held many different positions in government. She is a strong proponent of the rights of girls and women.
- In 2005 she made headlines when she criticized the national child care plan by saying in Parliament, “Working women want to make their own choices; we don’t need old white guys telling us what to do.”
- Ambrose has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Master of Arts in Political Science.
- In 2015 she became the interim leader of the Conservative Party.
- In 2006 when she was appointed Minister of the Environment, she was the youngest woman to be appointed to cabinet in Canadian history.
- As Environment Minister, Ambrose was very concerned about pollution, and introduced the Clean Air Act.
- She led Canada’s call for an International Day of the Girl at the United Nations, which was successful. The day is now celebrated on October 11.
- After retiring from federal politics in 2017, she was appointed to a NAFTA advisory council by PM Justin Trudeau and launched '#SheLeads', an Alberta non-profit foundation focused on encouraging women to run for office and participate in public life.
- Ambrose was born in Alberta and grew up in Brazil. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish.