One of the most popular Tory politicians of recent years celebrates her birthday today. I speak, of course, of Rona Ambrose, the Alberta MP who served as Leader of the Opposition and Interim Leader of the federal Conservative Party from 2015-2017. Previously she had served in a variety of senior portfolios in the cabinets of Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper.
Born in Alberta in 1969, she went on to earn degrees at the University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. Ambrose was first elected to the Commons in 2004, and then was repeatedly re-elected. Many Tories, joined by Canadians of all party views, hoped she would stand as a candidate to become the permanent leader of the Conservative Party. Ambrose, instead, chose to return to private life.
Happy birthday Rona!