Boissonnault in 2014
|Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues|
November 15, 2016 – September 11, 2019
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Edmonton Centre
October 19, 2015 – September 11, 2019
|Preceded by||Laurie Hawn|
|Succeeded by||James Cumming|
|Born||July 14, 1970|
Randy Boissonnault (born July 14, 1970) is a former Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Edmonton Centre as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election and served until his defeat in the 2019 Canadian federal election.
He was one of five openly LGBT MPs serving in the 42nd Canadian Parliament, alongside Rob Oliphant, Seamus O'Regan, Randall Garrison and Sheri Benson. He was the first openly gay MP elected in Alberta.
After graduating from the University of Alberta, Boissonault studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently worked as a lecturer at the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean and as a journalist and political commentator for Radio-Canada and Les Affaires.
On November 15, 2016, Boissonnault was named special advisor on LGBTQ2 issues to the Prime Minister. The role involves advising Trudeau "on the development and co-ordination of the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 agenda" including protecting LGBT rights in Canada and addressing both present and historical discrimination.
He was defeated in the 2019 election.
|2019 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Centre|
|Conservative||James Cumming||22,006||41.4%||+6.45||none listed|
|Liberal||Randy Boissonnault||17,524||33.0%||-4.19||none listed|
|New Democratic||Katherine Swampy||10,959||20.6%||-3.85||$53,174.12|
|Green||Grad Murray||1,394||2.6%||-0.02||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||53,092||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||362|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+5.32|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2015 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Centre|
|New Democratic||Gil McGowan||13,084||24.45||-1.37||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||53,512||100.00||$210,254.07|
|Total rejected ballots||234||0.44||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+12.35|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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- http://randyboissonnault.liberal.ca/biography/ Randy Boissonault - Biography - Liberal.ca
- "Feds name gay MP as ‘LGBTQ2 issues’ advisor". Daily Xtra, November 15, 2016.
- "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
- "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
- "Candidate Campaign Returns". Elections Canada. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Edmonton Centre (Validated results)". Elections Canada. October 23, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
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