|Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues|
Assumed office |
November 15, 2016
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Edmonton Centre
Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Laurie Hawn|
July 14, 1970|
Randy Boissonnault, MP (born July 14, 1970) is a 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.
He is one of six openly LGBT MPs serving in the 42nd Canadian Parliament, alongside Scott Brison, Rob Oliphant, Seamus O'Regan, Randall Garrison and Sheri Benson. He is also 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.
When Degas Sikorski, one of Boissonnault's constituents, received a valentine with a homophobic slur on it, Boissonnault delivered a valentine to him signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Members of Parliament.
On November 15, 2016 Boissonnault was named special advisor on LGBTQ2 issues to the Prime Minister. The role will involve 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.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: 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|
- "Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority". Daily Xtra, October 20, 2015.
- "Edmonton's newest Liberal, Randy Boissonnault, got taste for politics at U of A and wanted to bring generational change to national politics". Edmonton Journal", October 21, 2015
- Estabrooks, Trisha (May 2016). "A Force of Nature: From Morinville to Oxford to Ottawa, Randy Boissonnault hasn't let anything stand in the way of getting what he wants". Avenue Edmonton. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- http://randyboissonnault.liberal.ca/biography/ Randy Boissonault - Biography - Liberal.ca
- "Man who got homophobic Valentine at work gets new card signed by Justin Trudeau". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- "Feds name gay MP as ‘LGBTQ2 issues’ advisor". Daily Xtra, November 15, 2016.
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Edmonton Centre (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
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