Carla Qualtrough

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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 Qualtrough PC MP (/ˈkwɒltr/; born October 15, 1971) is a Canadian politician and former Paralympic athlete who was 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 the acting President of the Treasury Board after Jane Philpott resigned in reaction to the SNC-Lavalin Affair from March 4, 2019 to March 18, 2019.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Calgary in 1971, Qualtrough was raised in Langley, British Columbia where she graduated from Brookswood Secondary School.[3] She has been visually impaired since birth, and competed in swimming at the 1988 and 1992 Paralympic Games.[4][5] Following her athletic career, Qualtrough studied political science at the University of Ottawa and then earned a law degree from the University of Victoria.[6]

Legal career[edit]

Qualtrough worked as a lawyer, and served on the governing board of the Americas Paralympic Committee.[5][7]

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. In recognition of her work, she was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.[6]

Political career[edit]

On November 4, 2015, she was named Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities in the 29th Canadian Ministry, headed by Justin Trudeau.[8] During her tenure, Qualtrough was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2017.[9]

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.[10][11] After the cabinet shuffle on July 18, 2018, Qualtrough retained her ministerial position but gained the added portfolio of Accessibility.[12]

The November 20, 2019 cabinet shuffle has Qualtrough become Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion [13] building on her work in the Accessibility portfolio.

Electoral record[edit]

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[14][15][16]


  1. ^ "Liberal Carla Qualtrough upsets Conservatives, captures Delta". Vancouver Sun. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Delta MP named as interim Treasury Board president
  3. ^ [1] Archived December 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine bio
  4. ^ "Newbie B.C. MPs you’ll be hearing from". Vancouver Sun, October 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Canadian Paralympians Carla Qualtrough and Patrick Jarvis Nominated for International Leadership Roles". Canada NewsWire, August 28, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Meet Carla Qualtrough Archived December 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine,
  7. ^ "Delta: Paralympian Qualtrough wins for Libs". Vancouver Sun, October 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Delta MP Carla Qualtrough named minister of sport and persons with a disability". CBC. November 4, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Inductees". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Trudeau shuffles ministers, overhauls Indigenous Affairs, brings friend O'Regan into cabinet - The Star".
  11. ^ "Who's who in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet shuffle - CBC News".
  12. ^ "Trudeau adds 5 new ministers, shifts others in cabinet shakeup | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Who is in Justin Trudeau's 2019 cabinet". CBC News. November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Delta, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Official Voting Results - Delta
  16. ^ "Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates". Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Patty Hajdu Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
November 20, 2019 –
Judy Foote Minister of Public Services, Procurement and Accessibility
August 28, 2017 – November 20, 2019
Anita Anand
Bal Gosal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
November 4, 2015 – August 28, 2017
Kent Hehr