Rachel grew up in northwestern Alberta, around Fairview. She rode horses, loved Ukrainian dance, and was always there to help her dad around the property, fixing fences and driving to town with him in his old green truck.
Rachel’s dad, Grant, was a Member of the Legislature and a respected fighter for working people. When he died in a tragic plane crash, her family banded together and looked out for one another, saving every penny they could and helping one another carry on.
In those years, her mother was her rock, teaching Rachel to be strong and determined – a fighter – no matter what the world threw at her.
"My dad and I would drive around Fairview in his old green pickup, the one you’d always hear coming because he was too cheap to fix the muffler. It is a great community, where people look out for one another, and nobody is too big or important to wave back at the little girl waving from her dad’s truck. I’m proud to come from there."
During the recession in the 80's, Rachel worked in a small office in Edmonton, where a lot of injured or out of work people came for help. Most days the office bustled with out-of-work tradespeople, striking Gainers workers, and always, without fail, frustrated people trying to navigate government programs that were not designed with working people in mind.
From that little office, Rachel could only do so much, and people needed so much more. This was when Rachel decided to put her name on a ballot and fight for people in the Legislature.
"I’m proud of that work, helping people find jobs and helping injured workers get the supports they needed to provide for the people they love."
Rachel Notley is a fighter. She’s dedicated her life to working to make life better for workers and families. With every choice she makes, she puts working people and families first. That means creating good jobs, defending schools and hospitals, and helping make life more affordable for people and families.
She believes government is here to work for people. That’s why she’s fighting for pipelines, diversifying our economy, and making sure Alberta we create jobs today and are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.