Laurie Blakeman has been the MLA for the fabulous constituency of Edmonton-Centre since 1997. She has a solid legislative record based on hard work, integrity, common sense, and success in changing public policy. She is a champion for the constituents of Edmonton-Centre and Albertans by standing up for public health care, public education, seniors, the environment, and human rights. Click here to see her YouTube channel, which has many videos of her standing up for the fabulous constituents of Edmonton Centre.
She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting and a certificate in public administration, both from the University of Alberta. Before serving in the provincial Legislature, she enjoyed a successful career in the theatre both as a performer and an administrator with Phoenix Theatre, Theatre Network, and Celebration of Women in the Arts.
Laurie is a former executive director of the Alberta Advisory Council on Women’s Issues and past president of Celebration of Women in the Arts as well as the founding member of the Edmonton National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. In 1999 she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.
A long-time resident of Edmonton’s Rossdale neighbourhood, she is married to Ben Henderson, Edmonton city councillor for ward 8. They share their home with two large dogs and two cats.
On April 11, 2013 Laurie Blakeman was recognized as the longest serving member to serve exclusively in opposition in Alberta’s History, a total of 5,876 days.
Most recently Laurie played a key role in ensuring that schools provide safe spaces for vulnerable children by allowing students to form gay straight alliances.
“I support Laurie, and I thank her for her decision to run under the Liberal banner while uniting with others.” – David Swann, Liberal Leader
Laurie has made a commitment to progressive principles by asking for your vote as the Liberal Party candidate while also the Alberta Party and Green Party of Alberta nominated candidate.