Rochelle Squires was elected as the MLA for Riel on April 19th, 2016. She served as Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage until she was appointed her current position as Minister of Sustainable Development. She also remains the minister responsible for francophone affairs, and status of women. A journalist, Squires holds a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Winnipeg, a master of fine arts from the University of British Columbia, and a journalism diploma from Red River College. She and her husband Daniel have a combined family of five children and two grandsons.