Kent J. Hehr, P.C., M.P, was born and raised in Calgary Centre. The son of two school teachers, from the beginning he understood the important role government plays in our lives. Whether you are born of a rich family or one that struggles, you should get every opportunity to build a life. Kent looks at and analyzes all public policy through this lens.
Kent took an early interest in sports, especially hockey, with the intention of becoming a phys-ed teacher. In 1989-90 he played with the Calgary Canucks and helped win the Alberta Junior Hockey League Championship. The following year he attended Mount Royal College and played with the Cougars.
On October 3, 1991, Kent’s life changed forever. While riding in a friend’s car, Kent was the victim of a random act of gun violence. The injury left him a quadriplegic. Like thousands of Canadians with life-altering spinal cord injuries, Kent’s path changed. However, while still recovering, Kent studied at the University of Calgary and received a Bachelor of Canadian Studies, followed by a Bachelor of Law in 2001. He was named the graduate of the decade.
Kent practiced law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons), and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. He also served on the following boards:
In 2008, Kent was elected the Liberal MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, a seat he successfully defended in 2012. While serving in the Alberta Legislature, Kent proposed important legislation, like the need to allow students to create gay-straight alliances at school. He served on the Special Standing Committee on Member Services, Standing Committee on Community Services, and Standing Committee on Resource and Environment.
In 2015, rather than run again at the provincial level, Kent decided to run for the federal Liberals. Part of the reason was he felt that Calgary was being taken for granted by the federal government, and not receiving its fair share.
That October, he was elected to the House of Commons, becoming the first Liberal to represent Calgary Centre in 50 years.
Kent’s representation has led to Calgary finally receiving its fair share of infrastructure investments. In half the time, the Liberal government has invested twice the amount of money into Calgary infrastructure, compared to the previous government. The investments include the Green Line LRT, affordable housing, flood mitigation, roads, and venues to support arts and culture.
In addition, Kent and the Liberals have delivered major results such as:
Kent also understands the challenges many Albertans face because of the economic downturn. He is a passionate advocate for getting oil to new markets the right way – in particular the Trans Mountain Pipeline. And yet, he knows that for our oil patch to be successful, we have to embrace environmental stewardship. Kent understands that climate change is real and supports putting a price on pollution.
When not with his nephews and wife, Deanna, Kent can always be found in the community chatting with constituents.
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