Carla Qualtrough

Justin Trudeau Anita Anand (professor) Patty Hajdu

Carla Qualtrough

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Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPatty Hajdu
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
In office
August 28, 2017 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJudy Foote
Succeeded byAnita Anand
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
In office
November 4, 2015 – August 28, 2017
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byBal Gosal
Succeeded byKent Hehr
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Delta
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Personal details
Born (1971-10-15) October 15, 1971 (age 48)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Eron Main
ResidenceDelta, British Columbia
Alma mater
Sports career

Carla Dawn Qualtrough PC MP (/ˈkwɒltr/; born October 15, 1971) is a Canadian politician and former Paralympic swimmer who was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district of Delta during the 2015 federal election.[1] Qualtrough was re-elected in 2019 and is now the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. Previously she had a role as Minister of Public Services and Procurement which was a position briefly renamed as the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility. She played an interim role as President of the Treasury Board.

Early life and education

Qualtrough was born in Calgary, Alberta on October 15, 1971, to parents Patricia and Harry Qualtrough, although she was raised in Langley, British Columbia.[2] Qualtrough has been visually impaired since birth and only sees 10 percent with her glasses on.[3] She graduated from Brookswood Secondary School[4] and studied political science at the University of Ottawa[5] before earning a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1997.[6][7] Her parents separated when she was a teenager and her father died in 2007.[8]

Due to her blindness, she qualified to compete in the Paralympic Games. She earned three bronze medals in swimming at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Paralympics, as well as four world championship medals for Team Canada.[9] During the Paralympics, she swam in the 4x100 medley relay and 4x100 freestyle relay.[2]

Legal career

After earning her law degree, Qualtrough served on the governing board of the Americas Paralympic Committee.[10] She also served as president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2006 to 2011.[9] During this time, she also directed Sport Initiatives for 2010 Legacies Now and Chaired the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, leading to her election as one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport of 2009.[11][12]

As a lawyer, Qualtrough primarily focused on human rights matters. She served as counsel to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and prior to her election to the House of Commons, she was the vice-chair of British Columbia's Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal.[2] In recognition of her work, she was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.[13] During the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she was the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) legal officer and later received the IPCs International Women’s Day Recognition in 2016.[14]

Political career

On November 4, 2015, Qualtrough was named Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities in the 29th Canadian Ministry, headed by Justin Trudeau.[15] As a result, she became the first Paralympic athlete to be elected to Canadian parliament.[2] During her tenure, Qualtrough was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2017.[16]

In a cabinet shuffle triggered by the resignation of Judy Foote, Qualtrough succeeded Foote as Minister of Public Services and Procurement on August 28, 2017; Kent Hehr then took over as Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.[17][18] After the cabinet shuffle on July 18, 2018, Qualtrough retained her ministerial position but gained the added portfolio of Accessibility.[19]

The November 20, 2019, cabinet shuffle had Qualtrough become Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, building on her work in the accessibility portfolio.[20]

Personal life

Qualtrough is married to the former secretary-general of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation, Eron Main, and they have four children together.[9]

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Carla Qualtrough 22,257 41.2 -7.92
Conservative Tanya Corbet 17,809 33.0 +0.22
New Democratic Randy Anderson-Fennell 8,792 16.3 +1.38
Green Craig DeCraene 3,387 6.3 +3.13
People's Angelina Ireland 948 1.8 -
Independent Amarit Bains 398 0.7 -
Independent Tony Bennett 385 0.7 -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,976 100.0
Total rejected ballots 361
Turnout 54,337 70.7
Eligible voters 76,871
Liberal hold Swing -4.07
Source: Elections Canada[21][22]
2015 Canadian federal election: Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Carla Qualtrough 27,355 49.12 +30.55 $72,634.16
Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay 18,255 32.78 -15.17 $174,408.46
New Democratic Jeremy Leveque 8,311 14.92 -13.13 $59,352.24
Green Anthony Edward Devellano 1,768 3.17 -1.57
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,689 100.00   $206,935.20
Total rejected ballots 200 0.36
Turnout 55,889 74.47
Eligible voters 75,044
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +22.86
Source: Elections Canada[23][24][25]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Carla Qualtrough". Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Aiello, Rachel (February 27, 2017). "Blind cabinet minister promises Canada's first national accessibility legislation will have teeth, could be retroactive". Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Brown, Scott (November 4, 2017). "Five things about Carla Qualtrough, Canada's new minister for sport and persons with disabilities". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Linda Scales (December 15, 2015). "Friends in high places". Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "3 Alumnae Named to Federal Cabinet". University of Victoria. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "Carla Qualtrough and Murray Rankin win seats in Ottawa". Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Joanna Smith (September 4, 2017). "Carla Qualtrough is 'swimming the laps' as she takes on challenging role". Retrieved February 18, 2020.
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  10. ^ "CARLA QUALTROUGH – VP APC EXEC". October 19, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  11. ^ "Canadian Paralympic Committee President Carla Qualtrough Named to Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List for 2009". January 26, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  12. ^ "NPC Canada President Wins Most Influential Award". February 4, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  13. ^ "Canadian Paralympians honoured with Jubilee medal". January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "IPC RECOGNIZES QUALTROUGH ON IWD". March 8, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
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  17. ^ "Trudeau shuffles ministers, overhauls Indigenous Affairs, brings friend O'Regan into cabinet - The Star".
  18. ^ "Who's who in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet shuffle - CBC News".
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  21. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  22. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  23. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Delta, 30 September 2015
  24. ^ Official Voting Results - Delta
  25. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.