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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]

Randy Boissonnault

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Boissonnault in 2014
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 byLaurie Hawn
Personal details
Born (1970-07-14) July 14, 1970 (age 48)
Morinville, Alberta
Political partyLiberal
ProfessionManagement Consultant

He is one of five openly LGBT MPs serving in the 42nd Canadian Parliament, alongside Rob Oliphant, Seamus O'Regan, Randall Garrison and Sheri Benson.[2] He is also the first openly gay MP elected in Alberta.[3]


Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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]

On November 15, 2016 Boissonnault was named special advisor on LGBTQ2 issues to the Prime Minister.[6] 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.[6]

Election resultsEdit

2015 Canadian federal election: 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[7][8]


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  2. ^ "Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority". Daily Xtra, October 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ a b c d 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 November 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Randy Boissonault - Biography -
  6. ^ a b "Feds name gay MP as ‘LGBTQ2 issues’ advisor". Daily Xtra, November 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Edmonton Centre (Validated results)". Elections Canada. October 23, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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