Randy Boissonnault

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Randy Boissonnault
MP
Randy Boissonnault.jpg
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
Personal details
Born (1970-07-14) July 14, 1970 (age 48)
Morinville, Alberta
Political party Liberal
Profession Management Consultant
Website rboissonnault.liberal.ca

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.[1]

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.[2] He is also the first openly gay MP elected in Alberta.[3]

Early life[edit]

Boissonnault was born in the Franco-Albertan town of Morinville, Alberta[4] on July 14, 1970.

After graduating from the University of Alberta, Boissonault studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.[4] 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.[5]

Political career[edit]

Boissonnault was elected in the 2015 election in the riding of Edmonton Centre, the first Liberal MP to win in the riding for almost a decade.[4]

Upon being sworn in as a Member of Parliament, Boissonnault was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.[4]

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.[6]

On November 15, 2016 Boissonnault was named special advisor on LGBTQ2 issues to the Prime Minister.[7] 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.[7]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Edmonton Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Randy Boissonnault 19,902 37.19 +13.46
Conservative James Cumming 18,703 34.95 -11.25
New Democratic Gil McGowan 13,084 24.45 -1.37
Green David Parker 1,403 2.62 -0.94
Rhinoceros Steven Stauffer 257 0.48
Independent Kat Yaki 163 0.30
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,512 100.00   $210,254.07
Total rejected ballots 234 0.44
Turnout 53,746 68.79
Eligible voters 78,131
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +12.35
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]

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