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Rona Ambrose (1969 - )

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.
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