At Famous 5 Ottawa we feel eternally grateful to consistently meet with and honour exceptional Canadian women and the hard work they do to better our nation.
We are pleased to announce that at our next Famous 5 Ottawa Enbridge Speaker Series event on May 18, we are celebrating the Hon. Anne McLellan, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Canada’s first Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
The Nova Scotia native earned a Master of Laws from King's College in London in 1975 and then became a professor of law at the University of Alberta. Ms. McLellan has had a distinguished career in politics. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament to represent Edmonton in 1993, and she held senior portfolios in the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin in several cabinet portfolios including Public Safety, Health, Justice and Attorney General and Minister of Natural Resources. She capped off her political career as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
As Deputy Prime Minister, she served as Chair of the Operations Committee of the Cabinet and was named Minister the then-new Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Most recently, Ms. McLellan unveiled her task force’s framework to end the prohibition of cannabis. The Task Force has proposed an approach to create a regulated market for cannabis that puts public health and public safety at its core. Canada will be the first G-20 country to legalize and regulate cannabis at the national level.
Ms. McLellan has been appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence for her achievements in politics, law and advanced education. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada for her service as a politician and law professor.
We hope you can join us for our lunch event on May 18 with Ms. McLellan who will talk about her political journey as a woman, and what Canadians can expect as the proposed legislation to legalize marijuana makes its way through Parliament.