MLA: LEANNE ROWAT – RIDING MOUNTAIN * MANITOBA PC CRITIC FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

Lord, thank you for our MLA Leanne Rowat. We are blessed that she represents us in government. Lord, we ask that you would strengthen her as she balances her responsibilities and her ongoing participation with her constituency and, more importantly, her family. We pray that Leanne would have wisdom and insight as she fulfills her duties. Lord, may her family experience your protection and blessing all of the time. In Jesus Name, Amen

Leanne Rowat was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in June 2003, winning the seat vacated by long-time Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister Harold Gilleshammer.
While Leanne’s tenure as a MLA has been relatively short, she is no stranger to the provincial politics or the legislature – having previously served in positions with Executive Council, Industry, Trade and Tourism, Education and Training and the Seniors’ Directorate.


In addition to her government experience, Leanne has served on the Board of Directors for the South West Regional Health Authority and worked as the Economic Development Officer for the Souris-Glenwood Community Development Corporation.


Leanne’s community involvement has given her insight into her constituency’s needs, as well as a keen understanding of the challenges the province faces in creating an economic environment that fosters growth and opportunity for young Manitobans.


A resident of Souris, Leanne lives with her husband, Brad, and their two children. During legislative sessions, she splits her time between Winnipeg and her constituency – a challenge that requires her to balance the needs of her constituents with those of her family.


Away from politics, Leanne enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as golf and canoeing, but, like the majority of Canadian parents, most of her spare time is spent in arenas watching her daughter figure skate or her son play hockey.


And will Leanne’s children follow their mother’s political lead and pursue political careers of their own?


“My parents were politically active at both the municipal and provincial levels, so I was exposed to politics at a very early age and I credit the countless dinnertime conversations we had for shaping my political career,” says Leanne. “My children are being raised in a similar environment, so, I wouldn’t be surprise if they too became politically active.”