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Kelly Block

Kelly Block
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Carol Skelton
Personal details
Born (1961-11-30) November 30, 1961
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political party Conservative
Residence Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Profession mayor, administrator

Kelly Block (born November 30, 1961) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the electoral district of Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar in the 2008 Canadian federal election. Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Block served two terms as mayor of Waldheim, Saskatchewan. Block was Waldheim's first female mayor, and also served as chairperson of the Gabriel Springs Health District. Block was later appointed to the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority when the government of Saskatchewan amalgamated its health districts. Block ran unsuccessfully for the Saskatchewan Party nomination for the provincial Martensville constituency by-election in November 2006 against Nancy Heppner.

Block is a member of the Conservative Party. She was appointed to the Procedure and House Affairs Committee (PROC) and the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee (ETHI). In fall 2009, Block was moved from PROC and appointed to the budget and finance committee. With the commencement of the 41st Parliament in 2011, Block was appointed to the health committee, and the government operations and estimates committee. Block was also appointed by prime minister Stephen Harper to serve as the regional caucus chairperson for the Saskatchewan Conservative caucus.

Block was awarded the Maclean's Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star – Award in June 2010 after receiving the highest number of weighted votes from fellow parliamentarians of all parties.[1][2]

In October 2012, Block sent out a flyer to her constituents entitled Ending Unfair Benefits for Refugee Claimants which criticized refugee claimants and rejected refugee applicants access to extended healthcare benefits.[3] She was criticized in the media[4] and Parliament[5] for the newsletter. Block defended the message but said the content was a draft, and expressed regret about some of the language used.[6]

Following the 2013 redrawing of Saskatchewan's federal electoral boundaries, Block stated she would run in the new riding of Humboldt-Warman-Martensville-Rosetown.[7]

In September 2013, Block was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources.[8]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Kelly Block 14,652 48.70% +3.31%
New Democratic Nettie Wiebe 14,114 46.91% +2.49%
Liberal Lee Reaney 697 2.32% -2.09%
Green Vicki Strelioff 626 2.08% -2.49%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 30,089 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 131 0.43%
Turnout 30,220 62.29%
Saskatoon—Rosetown—BiggarCanadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kelly Block 12,166 45.4% -0.2% $78,169
New Democratic Nettie Wiebe 11,913 44.5% +5.5% $63,284
Green Amber Jones 1,228 4.6% +2.1% $8,174
Liberal Roy Bluehorn 1,176 4.4% -7.7% $10,785
Independent Rick Barsky 134 0.5% +0.5% N/A
Christian Heritage Marcel Bourassa 111 0.4% -0.5% $50
Libertarian Kevin Stricker 74 0.3% +0.3% $1,339
Total valid votes/Expense limit 26,802 100.0% $78,625

References

  1. ^ "Rising Star: Kelly Block", Maclean's, June 2, 2010.
  2. ^ "Tight race in Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar", The StarPhoenix, October 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Warick, Jason (2012-10-16). "MP Kelly Block sends flyer criticizing refugees’ access to healthcare".  
  4. ^ Mandryk, Murray (2012-10-16). "MP's message only too clear".  
  5. ^ Bolen, Michael (2012-10-17). "'"Kelly Block's Newsletter On Refugee Health Cuts Called 'Offensive.  
  6. ^ "Kelly Block defends flyer".  
  7. ^ Graham, Jennifer (2013-08-21). "Contentious redrawing of federal election ridings in Saskatchewan complete".  
  8. ^ http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=39

External links

  • Official website
  • Kelly Block – Parliament of Canada biography
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