Meet Rachael Harder

 

As a dedicated listener and skilled advocate, Rachael has served as a powerful voice for the Lethbridge riding since she was first elected in 2015.

As the Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, Rachael is committed to putting people first. Every year, she attends as many events as possible throughout the riding, tours dozens of local businesses and organizations, and meets one-on-one with hundreds of constituents.

Empowered by the stories people share with her, Rachael is able to put a human face to government policies when she speaks in the House of Commons.

In February 2020, Rachael was elected to serve as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. The committee is responsible for studying matters related to the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada, and certain issues related to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

Previously, Rachael served as the Shadow Minister for Status of Women. In this role, she held Prime Minister Trudeau accountable for his actions, used her voice to stand up for victims of violence, and advocated for the economic empowerment of women.

Rachael was elected by her colleagues to be on the Executive Committee for the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association and serves as a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly in the Council of Europe where she represents Canada in discussions on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Before entering public life, Rachael earned a strong reputation for building community and empowering others. Working as a youth sociologist and leadership consultant, her work took her across Canada and gave her the opportunity to work with business and not-for-profit leaders, universities, colleges, and young world-changers.

Being raised on a small farm in southern Alberta instilled a strong work ethic and resourcefulness that is inherent in everything Rachael does.

Her entrepreneurial spirit, determination, and commitment to innovation were made evident at the age of 11 when Rachael started her own small business, raising dogs and running a boarding kennel. With the revenue generated from her business, Rachael helped fund several international development projects, participated in four international humanitarian missions, and put herself through University.

Rachael graduated with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts with a General Social Sciences Major in Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology.

In 2016 Rachael was named one of Lethbridge’s “Top 40 under Forty.”

As a life-long volunteer, Rachael’s efforts have made a positive difference in Lethbridge. She has served on the city’s Community and Social Development Committee, the Lethbridge Youth Justice Committee, and the Canadian Mental Health Youth Anti-Stigma Leaders’ Steering Committee. She also volunteered for the Lethbridge 2019 Canada Winter Games bid and the 2015 Alberta 55+ Winter Games. She continues to plan events, raise money, and lend her voice to numerous causes throughout the Lethbridge region.

Since a balanced life consists of more than just work, Rachael also enjoys a number of leisure activities. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Rachael looks for opportunities to enjoy the unique beauty of southern Alberta by walking in the coulees or hiking and camping in the Rockies.