Ms. Laurie Blakeman – MLA for Edmonton-Centre

you for your devotion, your enthusiasm and your commitment for our province. We
hope that you will see the possibilities of our government. We pray that God
will give perseverance. We pray that God will protect your family and guide
your ideas. We hope that you know that you are making a difference in our
lives. Amen (Secondary Student)

Laurie Blakeman was first elected as
Edmonton-Centre MLA in 1997 and is now in her fifth term. She currently serves
as Alberta Liberal House Leader in the Alberta Legislature.

She currently serves on the following committees:
  • Standing
    Committee on Legislative Offices
  • Standing
    Committee on Resource Stewardship
In addition, Ms. Blakeman served as deputy chair of
the Standing Committee on Energy and was a member of the following committees:
  • Standing
    Committee on Community Development
  • Select
    Special Information and Privacy Commissioner Search
  • Select
    Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee
  • Select
    Special Chief Electoral Officer Search Committee
  • Select
    Special Ethics Commissioner Search Committee
Ms. Blakeman has served as critic for eight other
portfolios, including Health and Wellness.

Ms. Blakeman 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.

Ms. Blakeman 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, Ms. Blakeman is married to Ben Henderson, Edmonton city
councillor for ward 8. They share their home with two large dogs and two cats.