Other candidates in Calgary Centre
Women's & reproductive health
Green government operations
Ensure energy workers and communities can
shape their own futures by introducing a Just
Green buildings and housing
make homes more energy efficient.
Help homeowners and landlords pay for
retrofits by giving them an interest-free
loan of up to $40,000.
Help people buy new homes that are zero-emissions by giving them a Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5000.
Fossil fuel subsidies
Waste & pollution
Threats from climate change
Entrepreneurship & small business
Gender-based work discrimination & pay inequity
Racism and bias in justice
Extremism & terrorism
Legal aid & access to justice
Deferred Prosecution Agreements & SNC-Lavalin scandal
Treaties & land claims
Diversity in politics
Human rights abroad
Arts & culture
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:
National Education Association of Disabled Students, president
Calgary Advisory Committee on Accessibility, chair
Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, chair
Calgary Downtown West Community Association, director
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.