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Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder named to opposition shadow cabinet

Rachael Harder has been named to the official opposition shadow cabinet.
Rachael Harder has been named to the official opposition shadow cabinet. Supplied

LETHBRIDGE – As a parliamentary rookie, Rachael Harder is already taking on a big appointment.

The Lethbridge Conservative MP has been named to the official opposition shadow cabinet as critic for Youth and Persons with Disabilities by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.

“I was thrilled and felt very honoured to be given this responsibility,” said Harder.

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Harder, 29, is the first-ever female to be elected in the traditionally Conservative Lethbridge riding. Prior to running for office she worked as an independent youth and young adult consultant, writing a published paper on emerging trends of young Canadians. She feels both her age and past experience prepare her perfectly for her new role.

“For me, youth is not just a file, not just a portfolio or a list of responsibilities,” said Harder. “Whatever the Liberal policy is in regards to forming policy for youth, they affect me directly. So, I find myself quite honoured to have a voice on these matters.”

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Another southern Alberta representative, Foothills MP John Barlow, was named deputy critic for Employment, Workforce and Labour.