Kent Hehr, the MP for Calgary Centre is the new Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
Before being elected to the House of Commons Hehr spent seven years representing the region in the Legislative Assembly. He served as the Shadow Minister for Justice and Solicitor General for the Alberta Liberal Caucus. He also served as a member of several committees.
In 2014 Hehr tabled a Private Member’s Bill in the Alberta Legislature that would have called on public schools in the province to support students who wanted to create gay-straight alliances. The bill was voted down by a majority. The government later brought in a bill that allowed public and Catholic school boards to decide whether or not they would allow alliances in their districts.
Hehr was born and raised in Calgary and was active in sports, playing for the Calgary Canucks and the Mount Royal College Cougars. He planned on becoming a physical education teacher, but in 1991 Hehr was a passenger in a friend’s car when he was hit by a bullet from a drive-by shooting. As a result of the shooting he became quadriplegic.
He has been active in fighting gun violence as an MLA.
Despite the accident, Hehr went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Calgary. He ranked among the university’s top 40 graduates in 40 years of history. He worked as a law at Fraser Milner Casgrain.
He is active in the Calgary community, working with United Way and leading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. He also chaired the Calgary Advisory Committee on Accessibility.