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Shelly Glover

Shelly A. Glover
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint Boniface
Assumed office
Preceded by Raymond Simard
Personal details
Born (1967-01-02) January 2, 1967
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political party Conservative
Profession Police officer
Portfolio Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Religion Roman Catholic

Shelly A. Glover (born January 2, 1967) is a Canadian politician, and is currently serving as the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She is a member of the Conservative Party and is the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Saint Boniface, Manitoba.

In January 2011, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. She was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on July 15, 2013. She is the first policewoman MP in Canadian history.[1] Glover served as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years prior to her election, rising to the rank of sergeant. She is currently on leave of absence from the police force while serving in Ottawa.

Personal life

Glover is fluent in both English and French, and self-identifies as a Manitoba Métis. She is married to Bruce, a retired police officer and small business owner; they have five children.

Political career

Glover won the riding in the 2008 federal election from incumbent Liberal Raymond Simard by over 4,500 votes. On November 7, 2008, Glover was named Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[2] She was reelected in a rematch with Simard in the 2011 election, the first time in the riding's history that a centre-right MP had been reelected.

Election spending controversy

The Speaker of the House of Commons received a request from Elections Canada to suspend Glover as an MP in June 2013. Glover failed to file documents related to the 2011 election campaign.[3] Elections Canada spokesman John Enright said, “Those letters advised the speaker that an elected candidate shall not continue to sit or vote as members of the House of Commons pending the filing of complete and accurate returns.” Glover filed a legal challenge in the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench.[4] Liberal MP Scott Andrews indicated the suspension of Glover from Parliament should be immediate according to previous legal precedent.[5] On July 22, 2014, it was reported in the media that Glover's staffers had attempted to remove the controversial election spending information from her WorldHeritage page.[6]

In July 2013 it was reported that Glover had filed a revised return, which Elections Canada accepted.[7] Her campaign acknowledged that, as a result of "inadvertence and an honest misunderstanding of what constitutes an election expense", it exceeded the legal limit by $2,267. Glover promised to make up for the overspend by a corresponding underspend in the next election, and was not penalised.[8]

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

On October 8, 2013, "Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament (Prince Edward-Hastings), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for the Tsi Kionhnheht Ne Onkwawenna Language Circle (TKNOLC) to develop Mohawk language-learning tools."[9]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Shelly Glover 21,737 50.3 +4.0
Liberal Raymond Simard 13,314 30.8 -4.3
New Democratic Patrice Miniely 6,935 16 +2.9
Green Marc Payette 1,245 2.9 -2.1
Total valid votes/Expense limit - 100.0 -
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Shelly Glover 19,440 46.32% +11.32%
Liberal Raymond Simard 14,728 35.09% -3.50%
New Democratic Matt Schaubroeck 5,502 13.11% -8.77%
Green Marc Payette 2,104 5.01% +1.16%
Christian Heritage Justin Gregoire 195 0.46% -0.24%
Total valid votes 41,969 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 133 0.32%
Turnout 42,102 65.31%


  1. ^ Mitchel Raphael on MPs in court. Macleans, June 12, 2009].
  2. ^ Harper Names Glover as a Parliamentary Secretary. Winnipeg Free Press, November 7, 2008. Access date November 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Maher, Stephen. "Two Conservative MPs could be suspended over missing election filings". Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ McGregor, Glenn (2013). "Two Tory MPs could lose seats in showdown over election filings". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ O'Malley, Kady (2013). "Liberals want House to decide fate of Tory MPs Bezan, Glover - Inside Politics". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Glover staffers remove ugly details from WorldHeritage".  
  7. ^ "Who is Shelly Glover, Canadian culture’s new federal cop?". The Globe and Mail, July 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "No penalty for Shelly Glover's campaign overspending". CBC News, November 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Member of Parliament Daryl Kramp Announces Support for Mohawk Language". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 

External links

  • Shelly Glover
  • Shelly Glover – Parliament of Canada biography
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