Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Rachel Notley

The Honourable Rachel Notley



Rachel Notley made history in May of 2015 when the New Democrats were elected to form government for the first time in Alberta.

Premier Notley’s gender-balanced and diverse cabinet is working to make life better for Albertans and is proud of its many accomplishments, including:

-Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
-Supporting a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
-Securing two new pipelines that will give access to new markets
-Providing stable health-care funding
-Cutting school fees
-Ensuring better child protection by giving more power to Child and Youth Advocate
-Building new schools and hospitals to meet growing demand
-Providing province-wide pilot projects for $25-a-day daycare and school nutrition
-Freezing post-secondary tuition
-Funding the Student Temporary Employment Program
-Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018
-Taking action on climate change
-Funding energy-efficiency programs
-Modernizing the Municipal Government Act
-Spurring economic diversification and job growth

Premier Notley’s passion for politics was fuelled by her parents. Grant Notley was the leader of Alberta’s first NDP opposition. Before she was 10 years old, Rachel attended protest marches with her mother Sandy. Social justice is the Notley way.

Born in Edmonton and raised in Fairview, Premier Notley obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She practised labour law and workers' compensation advocacy and also served as an adviser to British Columbia’s attorney general.

Premier Notley was first elected as an NDP MLA in 2008, serving the constituency of Edmonton-Strathcona, where she still resides with her husband, Lou Arab, and their two teenage children.

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