The Honourable Diane Ablonczy was honoured to represent Calgary constituents in Ottawa for over two decades.
Mrs. Ablonczy was first elected in 1993. She later became a key member of the shadow cabinet of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, serving as chief critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Health, and Human Resources Development.
Upon forming government in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Mrs. Ablonczy Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. In 2008 she became Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), a position she held until 2010, when she was appointed Minister of State (Seniors). From January 2011 to July 2013, she held the position of Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), representing Canada in the Americas and overseeing consular affairs around the world. Mrs. Ablonczy was also a member of a number of Cabinet Committees.
Throughout Mrs. Ablonczy’s long political career, she sought to be an effective voice for accountability in government; for fiscal conservatism; and for values underpinning strong, stable families and communities.
Prior to entering political life, Mrs. Ablonczy enjoyed a varied career, which ranged from teaching junior high school to managing a grain farm operation to building a successful law practice. Ms. Ablonczy lives in Calgary with her husband Ron and has one daughter, four stepchildren, and nine grandchildren.