Ronalee "Rona" Ambrose, PC, MP (born March 15, 1969) is a Canadian politician and a Member of Parliament since 2004. She serves as the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board Cabinet committee, Minister of State for the Status of Women and Minister of Western Economic Diversification. In the previous Parliament, she was Canada's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. She has been a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from Edmonton–Spruce Grove since 2004. She is a former communication consultant and public policy consultant for the Alberta government. When the Conservative party was in opposition, she served as its Intergovermental Affairs critic.
Ambrose was born in Valleyview, Alberta and grew up both in Brazil and in Parkland County, Alberta. Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Alberta.
In addition to English, she also speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Ambrose has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a
Ambrose was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2004 federal election. Ambrose was temporarily the Conservative critic for International Trade, after the defection of Belinda Stronach to the Liberal Party. In 2006, Ambrose successfully defended her seat in Edmonton–Spruce Grove with 66.8% of the vote in the riding. She was then appointed Environment Minister in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government. She was shuffled out of that position on January 4, 2007, and appointed Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Privy Council.
On October 30, 2008, Rona Ambrose was shuffled to the Department of Labour. On January 19, 2010, Ambrose was appointed as the new Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada.
Minister responsible for the Status of Women
On September 26, 2012, Ambrose was in the news again having voted in favour of Motion 312, a motion by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth that would have directed a Commons committee to revisit the section of the Criminal Code defining at what point human life begins. Viewing the motion as an attempt to re-open debate on abortion laws, Canadian pro-choice groups and Commons opposition parties considered her vote inconsistent with her ministerial role and prompted a call for her resignation. The motion was eventually voted down.Ambrose responded to her critics, stating her concern of discrimination against girls that is made possible by sex-selection abortion.Groups opposing abortion, including Campaign Life Coalition among others, praised Ambrose for supporting the Motion.
April 1, 2012