Andrew Scheer is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The Saskatchewan Member of Parliament beat out more than a dozen hopefuls, including Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch, and Lisa Raitt. Tony Clement and Kevin O’Leary dropped out before the voting began. Scheer was previously Speaker of the House of Commons under Stephen Harper’s government.
Conservative Member of Parliament Maxime Bernier in his Confederation Building office in Ottawa April, 2017. Bernier is running for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership with a Libertarian agenda and has been seen as a front-runner for much of the race. Bernier was backed by Kevin O’Leary after he dropped out of the race. Photograph by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Interim Conservative Party of Canada leader Rona Ambrose has announced that she will give up her seat as MP when this session of Parliament ends. A new party leader will also be elected later this month. Ambrose has had many roles as a Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Spruce Grove and Sturgeon River—Parkland, including Environment Minister, Western Economic Diversification and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Labour and Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Health, and Leader of the Opposition. Portrait by Blair Gable for Macleans Magazine.
Rona Ambrose, MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, enjoys a wine tasting at Cave Springs Aug. 9, 2005. Photo by Blair Gable for St. Catharines Standard.
Rona Ambrose speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 28, 2012. Photo by Blair Gable for Reuters
Interim CPC leader Rona Ambrose gets a smooch from her partner JP after they move into Stornoway in Ottawa November 12, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for Macleans Magazine
Rona Ambrose celebrates after accepting the Parliamentarian of the Year Award for Hardest Working MP at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Photo by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine.
Interview with Rona Ambrose at Stornoway in Ottawa June 21, 2016. Photo by Blair Gable for the Toronto Star.
Federal Budget Day in the lock-up with journalists and financial experts at the Shaw Centre and post-budget interviews with Finance Minister Bill Mornea on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 22, 2017. Photograph by Blair Gable for Maclean’s Magazine
Last year Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted US President Barak Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa. I was one of the official photographers for the summit.
This was the second time I had photographed Barak Obama; the first being his first official state visit. The next time the POTUS rolls through town, he will probably be on a book tour or a high paying speaking engagement.
Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will give Peter Stoffer and Rodger Cuzner a run for their money in the nicest-guy-on-Parliamen-Hill contest. I photographed him quickly in the rotunda of Centre Block on Parliament Hill for Macleans Magazine.