Lethbridge, August 30, 2017 - Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, named Rachael Harder the Conservative Status of Women Shadow Minister. Elected to Parliament in October of 2015, Rachael Harder previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for Persons with Disabilities and for Youth and the Associate Critic for Health. Prior to entering politics Rachael Harder worked as a sociologist and consulted nation-wide on youth values and culture.
“It is an honour to serve the constituents of Lethbridge, and the people of Canada, in this new capacity. I am thankful for the leadership Rona Ambrose demonstrated in this role previously,” said Rachael Harder. “Andrew Scheer has assembled a united and capable team to bring forward positive Conservative solutions to get Canada back on track. I am honoured to be part of that team."
The Conservative Party has a strong legacy of advancing the rights of women and girls, both in Canada and around the world. The Conservative Government legislated the right for women to vote in 1919. John Diefenbaker appointed the first female cabinet minister, Ellen Fairclough. Kim Campbell became the first female Prime Minister of Canada. Deb Grey was elected the first Reform Party MP, even before Preston Manning was elected. More recently, Rona Ambrose was elected by her caucus as interim leader. These are but a few notable examples of women being championed within the Conservative movement.
“There is still much work to do in order to ensure equal opportunity for Canadian women. While it is encouraging to see the independence and confidence of young women in Canada, too many women and girls are still subjected to sexual and physical violence – simply because they are females. We can never be complacent when it comes to protecting the rights of women and girls to live free of violence and gender discrimination."