MP Randy Boissonnault
MP Randy Boissonnault is on the left, Honorable Prime Minister Trudeau is on the right.
In days where I am reading about violence against LGBTQ+ people, specifically gay men, south of Canada’s border with the USA, it feels refreshing to get reminders that Justin Trudeau has no room for such unacceptable behaviour. It is even more comforting when I read today about his newly appointed Advisor regarding LGBTQ+ issues. Congratulations to MP Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage for his new appointment. God’s guidance and blessings to him in the days to come!
Quotes from the Article:
“We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community in Canada – from enshrining equality rights in the Charter to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. But the fight to end discrimination is not over and a lot of hard work still needs to be done. Canadians know our country is made stronger because of our diversity, not in spite of it.” -The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“It is an honour and a privilege to be named to this role. I will work hard with the Prime Minister and the LGBTQ2 community to advance and protect their rights and address historical injustices they have endured. I look forward to collaborating closely with Egale and other organizations in the coming months to advance the government’s agenda for equality.” -Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues
Facts from the Article:
· In addition to being the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, Mr. Boissonnault retains his current duties as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
· Canada also takes every opportunity to raise important issues related to LGBTQ2 rights in multilateral forums, like at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and will continue to do so in close partnership with other governments and civil society organizations.
· Founded in 1995, Egale Human Rights Trust is a national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans human rights. Their vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.
· If Bill C-16 (An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code) is passed, gender identity and gender expression will become prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA). Hate propaganda offences in the Criminal Code will be expanded to protect identifiable groups who are targeted for their gender identity or expression. The Criminal Code will be amended to clarify that where there is evidence that someone committed a crime motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or gender expression, a judge must consider that as an aggravating factor in deciding what sentence to impose.