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A look at outgoing Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley

By The Canadian Press on January 16, 2024.

Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley arrives at a campaign rally in Calgary on Thursday, May 11, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley announced Tuesday she would step down from the role once a replacement is chosen. Here are some highlights of her life and career:

Age: 59. Born April 17, 1964.

Pre-Politics: Political science degree from the University of Alberta, law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Worked as a labour lawyer.

Politics: Elected to the Alberta legislature in 2008 for the NDP in Edmonton-Strathcona and re-elected in 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2023. Won the party leadership in 2014. Led the party to a majority government in 2015 to become premier. Lost the 2019 election to the United Conservative Party in 2019 and formed the official Opposition. Re-elected as Official Opposition leader in 2023.

Personal: Daughter of former Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley. She is married to Lou Arab and has two children.

Quote: “I’ve been at this a decade in October. I think I’m a bit of a polarizing figure in the province. And I think we have a lot of really great people who are part of our movement and I think it’s healthy to allow other voices to have an opportunity.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2023.

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