The Honourable Shelly Glover P.C. is married & has raised 5 children with her husband Bruce who is a retired police officer & small business owner. She is a proud & fully bilingual Metis woman. She is an active police officer for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) & holds the rank of Patrol Sergeant. She joined the WPS in April of 1990 & has had a diverse career in a variety of positions including but not limited to undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth/gang crime investigations, general patrol & she was the first ever female & bilingual spokesperson appointed by her department. She took a brief leave of absence from policing for just over 7 years to pursue positive change as an elected official. She is the only police officer in Canada to ever take a leave of absence to pursue politics & then return to active duty.
She was first elected in 2008 as the Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface & was immediately appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She later was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to Indian & Northern Affairs, & then again as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty.
Prime Minister Harper expressed many times that Shelly was the most bilingual MP in his caucus & as a result, she became a frequent French communicator for unilingual Ministers in the Cabinet & assisted the Prime Minister on many governmental trips to French-speaking countries especially in Africa. While a Member of Parliament, Shelly advocated fiercely for the less fortunate. She was most proud when able to announce funding & assistance for organizations in her community including those dedicated to victims, immigrants and minority languages. Her favourite events were Citizenship Ceremonies where she was able to welcome new Canadians into our family. Shelly studied Justice & Law Enforcement at the University of Winnipeg until she began her employment with the Winnipeg Police Service. Shelly has been a very active community member with affiliations to several non-profit organizations such as: Big Sisters, Pregnancy Distress, Habitat for Humanity, the Business & Professional Women’s Association, the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg, the International Association of Women Police, the Francophone Chamber of Commerce, the Manitoba Métis Federation & she is a dedicated advocate for victims of crime, women & children. On July 15, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed her as the Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages overseeing a $3.2 Billion portfolio with 19 agencies or departments & over 14,500 employees. Shelly is also extremely proud to have been one of the founders & the first Chairperson of the Law Enforcement Officers Caucus in Parliament.