Heather Stefanson

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Heather Stefanson

Deputy Premier of Manitoba
Assumed office
May 3, 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierBrian Pallister
Lieutenant GovernorJanice Filmon
Preceded byEric Robinson
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Tuxedo
Assumed office
November 21, 2000
Preceded byGary Filmon
Personal details
Born (1970-05-11) May 11, 1970 (age 49)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Alma materThe University of Western Ontario
WebsiteOfficial website

Heather Stefanson (born May 11, 1970) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. She is a member of the Manitoba legislature, representing the Progressive Conservative Party.[1] On May 3, 2016, Stefanson was appointed to the Executive Council of Manitoba as Deputy Premier of Manitoba.[2][3]

Stefanson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba,[4] and was educated at the University of Western Ontario (receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science). She has also received CSC (Canadian Securities Course) and FPP (Professional Financial Planning) designations. After receiving her degree, Stefanson worked as a Special Assistant to the Office of the Canadian Prime Minister; she returned to Manitoba in 1993, to work as an assistant to federal Agriculture Minister Charlie Mayer. Stefanson was an investment advisor for Wellington West Capital from 1995 to 2000, and has also been a member of the University of Manitoba's Young Associates organization.

Stefanson was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in a 2000 by-election, replacing former Progressive Conservative leader Gary Filmon in the south Winnipeg riding of Tuxedo. Stefanson defeated Liberal Rochelle Zimberg by 2692 votes to 1586; Iona Starr, representing the governing New Democratic Party, finished third.[5] Stefanson was easily re-elected in the 2003 election, with the NDP improving to a second-place status.[6]

She was a supporter of Hugh McFadyen's successful campaign to succeed Stuart Murray as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. She was re-elected in the 2007,[7] 2011,[8] and 2016 elections.[9]


  1. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Manitoba". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  2. ^ "Brian Pallister sworn in as Manitoba premier". CBC News. May 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  3. ^ "Meet Manitoba's new government cabinet members". CBC News. May 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  4. ^ Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 2001.
  5. ^ "2000 By-election Tuxedo". Elections Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08.
  6. ^ "Tuxedo — Official Results — 2003 Provincial Election". Elections Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.
  7. ^ "Official Results — 39th General Election". Elections Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09.
  8. ^ "Tuxedo - Manitoba Votes 2011". Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "MLAs in Fort Whyte, Tuxedo and Fort Garry-Riverview head back to Legislature". The Sou'wester. Winnipeg Free Press. April 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-17.