An Edmonton area MP has been named as a special adviser to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues.
Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault will work with advocacy groups to promote equality for those in the LGBTQ2 community.
He said there’s three components to the role.
“One is a coordination function, there’s going to be many issues that will face many different ministries and so working with the PMO and the Privy Council office coordinating all of the work that’s already taking place on behalf of ministers and their staff. The second role is to be a focal point, to work with various different community leaders from coast to coast to coast.
He said the third is being a spokesperson to address issues facing the LGBTQ2 community.
One of the items on Boissonnault’s agenda will be to address the wrongs in the past.
“When people in the military, different ministries in the RCMP were quite frankly fired because they were gay, lesbian or transgendered. So we’re going to have some very sensitive and respectful work to do there, a lot of listening to do across the country so that we can get that response right and then we have to do the collective work of making sure that as a community and allies we’re building for the future.”
He said the appointment is a fundamental expression of the federal government’s commitment to human rights in Canada.
“And to stand up for those values that we hold dear as Canadians of diversity and inclusion and the fact that we are all stronger because of our diversity not in spite of it and to share that message both domestically here within our borders and around the world.
In his role Boissonnault will work with advocacy groups to promote equality for those in the LGBTQ2 community, and lead the efforts federally to address historical and current discrimination against those in the community.
With files from Global News (CJ)