Yasmin 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 – 2011, she served in many executive capacities. She was the Liberal Caucus Deputy Whip, Vice Chair of 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. She is the Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which bridges the divide between various commonwealth parliaments and shares best Westminster practices.
Ms. Ratansi is a well sought after speaker in the areas of Gender Lens Budgeting, Governance and Accountability. She has helped parliamentarians in the developing world in implementing gender budgeting tools, and in strengthening their governance and transparency measures.
As an activist parliamentarian, she encourages 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).