About the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues
In November 2016, Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues.
The Special Advisor advises the Prime Minister on how to develop and coordinate the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 agenda. This includes engaging with LGBTQ2 organizations from across the country to:
- Hear about issues affecting LGBTQ2 communities
- Promote equality and protect the rights of LGBTQ2 people
- Identify solutions to improve the lives of LGBTQ2 people
One of Mr. Boissonnault’s early roles included serving as Co-Chair of the Advisory Council on the LGBTQ2 Apology. The Council’s main task was to help develop an inclusive and meaningful Government of Canada apology to LGBTQ2 people living in Canada who were harmed by federal legislation, policies and programs.
Working closely with the ministers responsible for Global Affairs, the Special Advisor actively promotes LGBTI rights internationally. This includes contributing to Canada’s role as 2017-2019 Co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition.
Prior to his election, Mr. Boissonnault was a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist. He has a strong record of leadership in business, public service, and in the not-for-profit sector.
Note: The Government of Canada uses LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit) as the acronym for the official title of the Special Advisor and Privy Council Office Secretariat. The acronym often used internationally is LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex).
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