Articulate, driven, and community-focused. Raquel Dancho is the Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul, Manitoba. First elected in 2019, she currently serves as Shadow Minister for Future Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion for Canada’s Official Opposition and Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Raquel has relentlessly advocated for her community in the House of Commons and stood up for seniors, young families, new immigrants, Manitobans with disabilities and small business owners too often forgotten and left behind by the federal government. Through her passionate spirit, experience as a public servant and demonstrated success serving constituents, Raquel has built a strong reputation as an advocate for the residents of Kildonan – St. Paul.
Her unrelenting questions to the Prime Minister and his government, in both official languages, led Raquel to be nominated by her fellow MPs as a Rising Star as part of Maclean’s Magazine’s 2021 Parliamentarian of the Year Awards.
Raquel has previously served as Shadow Minister Immigration and Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She is a past member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and the first Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Diversity, Inclusion
Raquel is fluently bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.
Coming from a rural Manitoba background, Raquel has a unique perspective on rural and urban issues. A family business in agriculture, real estate, and sales has given her an understanding of a business-friendly economy while staying true to family needs and values. This eclectic background has given her a dedicated work ethic that continues to serve her.
First elected as a Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul in the 43 rd General Election of October 21, 2019, Raquel is dedicated to her community and making life more affordable for its residents. Her genuine nature and ability to recognize all citizen needs, from rural to urban, makes her a relatable representative. Raquel is working to make politics more accessible to millennials and young people. With her accessible social media platforms and collaborative approach, she’s bringing a greater demographic of Canada to the House of Commons.
From growing up on a rural farm to pioneering her path into politics, Raquel values hard work and personal responsibility. She’s the voice of her community, assuring Ottawa implements a policy that honours the hardworking people of Kildonan – St. Paul. Raquel and her fiancé, Scott, both reside in North Kildonan and are proud to call this wonderful community home.
“I'm excited to work with and listen to the people of Kildonan – St. Paul. As MP, I will be a determined and dedicated advocate for them in Ottawa.”
- Raquel Dancho