Government of Canada
MP (Saint Boniface)
The Honourable Shelly Glover is the Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Minister Responsible for Manitoba. Shelly was first elected to the House of Commons in October 2008, the first female police officer in Canada to do so. She is also the first police officer to take a leave of absence from the police service to be elected as a Member of Parliament, with the goal of returning to the Winnipeg Police Service. Shelly joined the Winnipeg Police Service as a single mother with two small children in 1990. During her nearly 19 years as an officer, Shelly worked in a wide variety of capacities, including general patrol in four divisions and in the specialty units of bike patrol and community support. She was a detective in the Youth Division, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse and has worked undercover on both prostitution and property crime projects. Shelly was most recognizable during her time as the first female official spokesperson and the first bilingual spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Service where she served as the liaison with the media and reported daily on major crimes and issues within the City of Winnipeg. A passionate advocate for victims of crime, women and children, Shelly’s desire to make positive changes to the criminal justice system, to give victims a stronger voice and to ensure that offenders are held accountable for their crimes, inspired her to enter the world of politics. Since she was first elected, Shelly has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. In 2013, Shelly became the first female police officer ever appointed as a Minister of the Crown, responsible for one of the largest Ministries in the Government of Canada with 14,500 employees and an annual budget of approximately $3.2 Billion. She is also the first female Conservative Minister Responsible for Manitoba. A bilingual Anglophone and a proud Métis woman, Shelly has been an active community member of several non-profit organizations, including as an Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Women Build, and she participates in fundraising efforts for cancer research each year. She is an avid sports fan and participant having played soccer and coached youth soccer for more than a decade. Shelly is married to a retired police officer, Bruce, with whom she has raised five children.