Hon. Rachael Thomas

Member of Parliament Lethbridge Alberta
Canada

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

Rachael is committed to putting people first. Every year, she attends many events 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 puts a human face to government policies when she speaks in the House of Commons.

Rachael currently sits on the Heritage Committee, where she passionately defends the rights and freedoms of Canadians.
From 2020-2021Rachael served as the Shadow Minister for Digital Government. During her time in this role, she successfully fought against bill C-10, which was a government bill created to censor online content and threatened the freedom of speech guaranteed to Canadians by Section 2(b) of the Charter.

In 2019 Rachael was elected as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. In this position, she acted as an impartial mediator and led the committee through important discussions on the Prime Minister’s involvement in the WE Charity scandal.

During the 42nd Parliament, 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.

Recognizing the importance of giving young people a voice and empowering them to take leadership, Rachael has created a Youth Advisory Board where young people are brought together monthly to share their views on federal legislation and current political matters. Every year she accepts a new cohort of people ages 16-24 to advise her on the issues that matter most to them.

Rachael is currently a member of 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. She is also a member of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, and the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. As a member of these groups, Rachael continues to advocate for Canadian interests on the world stage and works to create bi-lateral ties with her international counterparts.

Rachael chairs the Canada-Artsakh Parliamentary Friendship Group. This group seeks to raise awareness about the plight of the people of Artsakh and advocate for their sovereignty.

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.

Rachael graduated with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts 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 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.

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