Yasmin Ratansi

Don Valley East


Yasmin Ratansi is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Don Valley East. She was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004.

Ratansi is an Ismaili Muslim, and was the first Muslim woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons.

Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, she emigrated to Canada in 1974 and has lived and worked in Don Valley East since then. She worked as a management consultant. She is a Certified General Accountant (CGA), a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario, and a fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. In 2009, Ratansi was awarded the John Leslie Award by CGA Canada, given in recognition of CGAs “who have achieved a high and favourable profile in the Canadian community.”

In Parliament Ratansi has held a number of executive positions and has chaired a number of high­-profile committees. As Deputy Whip of the Liberal Caucus, she exhibited extensive leadership skills and proved herself as an excellent negotiator. Ratansi also served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, and as Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.

Ratansi is a grassroots-­oriented leader who is passionate about civic engagement and social justice. She is an engaged social activist in the community, helping her constituents to navigate immigration procedures, and assisting individuals and businesses to deal with a variety of tax­-related issues. She is also a sought­after public speaker and both the Principal and Founder of Ethical Edge.

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