On Monday, November 19th, 2012, Alison Redford, 14th Premier of Alberta accepted the EVE Award (Ottawa) in recognition of her philanthropic and political contributions to the promotion of women in public life. Alison has been actively involved in both provincial and national politics since the 1980s. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Right Hon. Joe Clark, Secretary of State for External Affairs, and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada from 1988 to 1990. In Parliament, she was also the Principal Legislative Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Throughout the 1990s, Alison worked as a technical advisor on constitutional and legal reform issues in Africa for the European Union, the Commonwealth Secretariat and both the Canadian and Australian governments. In 2005, Alison was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of four International Election Commissioners to administer Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections. She also served as an advisor to the Privy Council Office on Canada’s future involvement in Afghanistan.
Alison Redford was elected MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Elbow on March 3, 2008 and named Minister of Justice and Attorney General on March 12, 2008. Ms. Redford became leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on October 1, 2011 and Albertans chose her as their Premier during the spring election on April 23, 2012.
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