Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, Special Advisor on LGBT+ issues.
Boissonnault’s will advise the Prime Minister on the development of Canada’s LGBT+ agenda, including working with equal rights organizations and addressing both historical and current discrimination against the community.
Trudeau has been a long-standing supporter of LGBT rights, famously attending a number of Pride marches in the country.
Speaking about the new appointment, he said: “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.”
Boissonnault added: “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.”
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 15, 2016