Member of Parliament for Don Valley East
Ms. Ratansi is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Don Valley East. She was first elected to parliament in 2004 and served until 2011. She was re-elected in 2015. In her tenure from 2004 to 2011, she served in many executive capacities. She was the Liberal Caucus Deputy Whip, Vice Chair of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, Chair of the Standing Committee on Status of Women and Vice Chair of Public Accounts.
She has authored numerous committee reports, including; Economic Security for Women, Human Trafficking, Gender Budgeting, Accountability and Transparency in Government.
In the current session of Parliament, Ms. Ratansi is the Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, which oversees expenses of all federal government departments and several Crown Corporations, including Canada Post.
As Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which bridges the divide between various commonwealth parliaments, Ms. Ratansi has worked on Strategic Plans for the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. The issues she has tackled are violence against women, lack of women mentors, women’s participation in the political process, gender balanced budget and gender based analysis plus (GBA+) to alleviate poverty and enhance equality. She has produced a Masterclass video on Gender Budgeting for the Commonwealth parliamentarians. She is a sought after speaker at various conferences on the issue of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and government’s commitment to these goals, especially SDG 1 (alleviation of poverty) and SDG 5 (gender equity).
In her various travels to Commonwealth countries and those of the Asia Pacific region , she has promoted the ethos of Westminster practices and those of pluralism. She has facilitated sessions for different parliaments and civil society groups in conflict resolution.
Ms. Ratansi has worked with governments and civil society groups in countries recovering from conflicts to enable them to establish well-functioning governance and accountability structures. She has been successful in guiding fragile democracies towards stability. Some of her international work has been with parliamentarians in Mali, recovering from a military junta, helping them develop a more egalitarian society; in Vietnam, as the country was transitioning to capitalism; and in Azerbaijan as the country opened up to multi party systems. As Vice Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption (GOPAC), she has worked with not only parliamentarians and bureaucrats, but with civil society organizations to enable them to understand the co-relation between corruption and poverty. She has presented to the UN on gender issues and to the International Labour Organization on best practices for a better governance structure.
As a trailblazer in her professional environment, she has taken her skills sets and her determination to parliament. She is an ardent advocate for change and has championed change through mentoring women and young people to be actively engaged in social justice and civic issues. She works with multi-faith groups in promoting peace, harmony and respect for each other.
Ms. Ratansi is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA), a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a recipient of numerous business and professional awards. She is the Vice Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).
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