Building on our proud history...

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At ProudPolitics, one of our objectives is to celebrate the achievements of LGBTIQ+ leaders so as to inspire and eliminate barriers for participation in public service. We believe that openly LGBTIQ+ leaders can be the biggest champions of inclusion, and effective intrapreneurs and change-agents from across the political spectrum.

Canadians from across the country, from Vancouver, to Yellowknife, to Red Deer, to St. John's, have a rich history of electing LGBTIQ+ leaders to public office, at all orders of government. Some governed as out and proud LGBTIQ+ leaders, while others came out publicly after leaving office, and have since been champions of LGBTIQ+ causes. We would like to celebrate them all. Below is a list of Canada's past and present out-LGBTIQ+ elected officials and Senators (in alphabetical order, according to last name).

Do you know of past or present out and proud elected LGBTIQ+ officials in your community who are not celebrated on this page? Tell us about them or connect us with them by contacting us at info@proudpolitics.org

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NADIA BELLO

Trustee, Toronto District School Board, ON
Scarborough East (Ward 22) (2006 - 2010)

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SHERI BENSON

Member of Parliament 
NDP of Canada 
Saskatoon West, SK (2015 - Present)

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JOANNE BERNARD

Nova Scotia Cabinet Minister (2013 - 2017)

Nova Scotia Member of Legislative Assembly 
Nova Scotia Liberal Party
Dartmouth North (2013 - 2017)

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RAYMOND BLAIN

Montreal City Councillor
Saint Jacques (1986 - 1992)

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ANDRÉ BOISCLAIR 

Quebec Leader of the Official Opposition (2006 - 2007)
Quebec Cabinet Minister (1998 - 2003)

Quebec Member of National Assembly
Parti Quebecois 
Pointe-aux-Trembles (2006 - 2007)
Gouin (1989 - 2004)

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RANDY BOISSONNAULT

Member of Parliament
Liberal Party of Canada
Edmonton Centre, AB (2015 - Present)

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HON. SCOTT BRISON

Federal Cabinet Minister (2004 - 2006, 2015 - Present)

Member of Parliament
Liberal Party of Canada (2003 - Present)
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1997 - 2003)

Kings-Hants, NS (1997 - Present) 

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SPENCER CHANDRA HERBERT

BC Member of Legislative Assembly 
BC NDP 
Vancouver - West End (2009 - Present)
Vancouver - Burrard (2008 - 2009)

Commissioner, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation
COPE
2005 - 2008

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MICHAEL CONNOLLY 

Alberta Member of Legislative Assembly 
Alberta NDP 
Calgary Hawkwood (2015 - Present)

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ESTEFANIA CORTES-VARGAS

Alberta Member of Legislative Assembly 
Alberta NDP 
Strathcona - Sherwood Park (2015 - Present)

 
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LIBBY DAVIES

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Vancouver East, BC (1997 - 2015)

 
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DALE EFTODA

Yukon Cabinet Minister (2000 - 2002)

Yukon Member of Legislative Assembly 
Yukon Liberal Party 
Riverdale North (2000 - 2002)

 
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MABLE ELMORE

BC Member of Legislative Assembly 
BC NDP 
Vancouver - Kensington (2009 - Present)

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STÉPHANE ÉMARD-CHABOT

Ottawa City Councillor
Bruyère-Strathcona Ward (1994 - 2000)

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MIKE FARNWORTH

BC Cabinet Minister (1997 - 2001)

BC Member of Legislative Assembly 
BC NDP 
Port Coquitlam (1991 - Present)

Port Coquitlam City Councillor (Prior to 1991) 

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PAUL FERREIRA

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Ontario NDP 
York South - Weston (2007)

 
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BRIAN FRALIC

Councillor, Region of Queens, NS (2012 - Present)

 
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RANDALL GARRISON

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, BC (2015 - Present)
Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC (2011 - 2015)

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PHIL GILLIES

Ontario Cabinet Minister (1985)

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario 
Brant (1981 - 1987)

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JULIE GREEN

Northwest Territories Member of Legislative Assembly
Yellowknife Centre (2015 - Present)

 
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PAUL HARRIS

Red Deer City Councillor, AB (2010 - Present)

 

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DARREN HILL

Saskatoon City Councillor, SK
Ward 1 (2012 - Present)

 
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JENNIFER HOWARD

Manitoba Cabinet Minister (2009 - 2014)

Manitoba Member of Legislative Assembly 
Manitoba NDP 
Fort Rouge (2007 - 2016)

 
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AIDAN JOHNSON

Hamilton City Councillor, ON
Ward 1 (2014 - Present)

 
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LAURIER LAPIERRE

Senator of Canada (2001 - 2004)
Liberal Party of Canada

 
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TREVOR LOKE

Commissioner, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation 
(2011 - 2014)
Vision Vancouver 

 
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AGNES MALTAIS 

Quebec Cabinet Minister (1998 - 2001)

Quebec Member of National Assembly
Parti Quebecois 
Taschereau (1998 - Present)

 
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PAUL MARAI

Trustee, Halton Catholic District School Board, ON
Oakville (2010 - Present)

 
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JENN MCGINN

BC Member of Legislative Assembly 
BC NDP 
Vancouver - Fairview (2008 - 2009)

 

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CATHERINE MCKENNEY

Ottawa City Councillor
Somerset Ward (2014 - Present)

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WADE MACLAUCHLAN

Premier of PEI (2015 - Present)

PEI Member of National Assembly
Liberal Party of PEI
York - Oyster Bed (2015 - Present)

 
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RÉAL MÉNARD

Borough Mayor of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Montreal City Councillor
Vision Montreal
(2010 - Present)

Member of Parliament
Bloc Quebecois
Hochelaga (2004 - 2009)
Hochelaga—Maisonneuve (1993 - 2004)

 
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RICARDO MIRANDA

Alberta Cabinet Minister (2016 - Present)

Alberta Member of Legislative Assembly 
Alberta NDP 
Calgary Cross (2015 - Present)

 
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CHRIS MOISE

Trustee, Toronto District School Board, ON
Toronto Centre - Rosedale (Ward 14) (2016 - Present)

 
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DR. DANY MORIN

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Chicoutimi - Le Fjord, QC (2011 - 2015)

 
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ALEX MUNTER

Ottawa City Councillor
Kanata Ward (2001 - 2003) 

Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor
Kanata Ward (1994 - 2000)

Kanata City Councillor
Katimavik-Hazeldean Ward (1991 - 1994)

 

 

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GLEN MURRAY

Ontario Cabinet Minister (2010 - Present)

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Ontario Liberal Party
Toronto Centre (2010 - Present)

Mayor of Winnipeg, MB (1998 - 2004)

Winnipeg City Councillor, MB (1989 - 1998) 

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KEITH NORTON

Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
(1996 - 2005)

Ontario Cabinet Minister (1977 - 1985)

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Kingston and the Islands (1975 - 1985)

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ROB OLIPHANT

Member of Parliament
Liberal Party of Canada
Don Valley West, ON (2008 - 2011, 2015 - Present)

 
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SEAMUS O'REGAN

Member of Parliament
Liberal Party of Canada
St. John's South—Mount Pearl, NL (2015 - Present) 

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MICHAEL PHAIR 

Edmonton City Councillor, AB (1992 - 2007)

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KYLE RAE

Toronto City Councillor, ON
Toronto Centre - Rosedale (Ward 27) (1997 - 2010)
Downtown East (Ward 6) (1991 - 1997)

 
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MATTHEW REID

Trustee, Thames Valley District School Board, ON
Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (2013 - Present)

 
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MAURICE RICHARD

Mayor of Bécancour, QC (1976 - 1985, 1995 - 2013)

Quebec Member of National Assembly
Quebec Liberal Party 
Nicolet-Yamaska (1989 - 1994)
Nicolet (1985 - 1989)

Bécancour City Councillor, QC (1971 - 1976)

 

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SVEND ROBINSON

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Burnaby - Douglas, BC (1997 - 2004) 
Burnaby - Kingsway, BC (1988 - 1997)|
Burnaby, BC (1979 - 1988)

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GERRY ROGERS

Newfoundland & Labrador Member of House of Assembly
NL NDP
St. John's Centre (2011 - Present) 

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JIM RONDEAU

Manitoba Cabinet Minister (2004 - 2013)

Manitoba Member of Legislative Assembly
Manitoba NDP
Assiniboia (1999 - 2016) 

 
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NANCY RUTH

Senator of Canada (2005 - Present)
Conservative Party of Canada

 
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CRAIG SCOTT

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Toronto - Danforth, ON (2012 - 2015) 

 
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IAN SCOTT

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
St. George - St. David (1987 - 1992)
St. David (1985 - 1987)

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BILL SIKSAY

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Burnaby - Douglas, BC (2004 - 2011)

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MARIO SILVA

Member of Parliament
Liberal Party of Canada
Davenport, ON (2004 - 2011)

 
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GEORGE SMITHERMAN

Ontario Cabinet Minister (2003 - 2009)

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Ontario Liberal Party
Toronto Centre (1999 - 2010)

 
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KRISTA SNOW

Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
District 2 (2003 - 2008)

 
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TIM STEVENSON

Vancouver City Councillor (2002 - Present)
Vision Vancouver

BC Cabinet Minister (2000 - 2001)

BC Member of Legislative Assembly 
BC NDP 
Vancouver - Burrard (1996 - 2001)

 
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LENORE SWYSTUN

Saskatoon City Councillor 
Ward 1 (1999 - 2003)

 
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PHILIP TOONE

Member of Parliament
NDP of Canada
Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC (2011 - 2015)

 
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SHEILA WARD

Trustee, Toronto District School Board, ON
Toronto Centre - Rosedale (Ward 14) (1997 - 2016)
Chair of the Board (2003 - 2007)

 
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KRISTYN WONG TAM

Toronto City Councillor, ON 
Toronto Centre - Rosedale (Ward 27) (2010 - Present)

 
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ELLEN WOODSWORTH

Vancouver City Councillor, BC (2002 - 2008)

 
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KATHLEEN WYNNE

Premier of Ontario (2013 - Present)
Ontario Cabinet Minister (2006 - 2013)

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament
Ontario Liberal Party
Don Valley West (2003 - Present) 

Trustee, Toronto District School Board, ON
Eglinton - Lawrence (Ward 8) (2000 - 2003)

 
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