What are your pronouns?
My pronouns are he/him/his.
Do you support ending the blood ban?
The Liberal Government has taken a major step in breaking down barriers to prevent men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood, ending decades of discrimination. To that end the Liberal Government has taken major steps to break down barriers preventing men who have sex with men from donation blood.
Specifically, our Liberal Government has approved a request from the Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to reduce the deferral period for blood donation for MSMS from one year to three months. This is a significant step towards eliminating the deferral period entirely, and Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec continue to work towards behavioural-based screening.
This accomplishment is in part due to the Liberal Governmetn’s commitment of $3 million to the Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to further advance research on this issue, and an additional $2.4 million for research into reducing barriers to plasma donation.
Further to that, the Canadian Blood Services’ goal is to remove the current waiting period for MSM and use sexual behaviour-based screening for all donors instead. This can be found here: https://www.blood.ca/en/blood/am-i-eligible-donate-blood/men-who-have-sex-men
Are you in support of a bill to ban conversion therapy? If so, are you in support of retooling Bill C-6 to make it more comprehensive and allow for it to be a ban on conversion therapy regardless of age?
Yes. A re-elected Liberal Government will re-introduce legislation within the first 100 days in office, to eliminate the practice of conversion therapy for everyone, and extend coverage of the ban to include people over 18 years of age.
Kelowna-Lake Country has been represented by a Member of Parliament who voted against Bill C-6. To me, her horrific vote was unacceptable and unforgivable. Even Erin O’Toole voted for the legislation. This MP’s personal and direct actions sent a clear message to the youth in the community that they are not accepted nor welcomed. If elected, I will work with our local community and advocate to move the expanded bill through Parliament. We need to work together to heal the damage that’s been done and send a message to youth in the LGBT2Q+ community that they are loved and accepted.
Do you agree that gender affirming surgery should become part of standardized care across Canada? What are your views on the Yukon having an effective model to build from?
While health care is under provincial jurisdiction, I do agree that gender affirming surgery should become part of standardized care across Canada. If elected, I will advocate for the equal treatment of the transgender community in our healthcare system. I was very proud that in the last mandate, the Liberal government declared trans rights as human rights and passed legislation to fully protect gender identity and expression.
Do you agree that more needs to be done to increase Canada's support of LGBT2Q+ refugees from around the world?
As part of our principled approach to foreign policy, a re-elected Liberal government will establish Canada as a safe haven for those facing persecution by leading the world in providing safe resettlement to those fleeing political or security crises, especially human rights defenders, journalists, feminists, LGBTQ2 activists, members of religious or ethnic minorities at risk, and other persecuted groups who remain under threat.
We will expand the new immigration stream for human rights defenders and work with civil society groups to ensure safe passage and resettlement of people under threat, including from Afghanistan.
What are your views on LGBT2Q+ seniors and their need for dedicated support?
LGBT2Q+ seniors share commonalities in their requirements for support from the Government of Canada due to a history of discrimination, exclusion, and fear of stigmatization. Given that, not all LGBT2Q+ seniors wish to come out openly or be included in the LGBT2Q+ community. LGBT2Q+ seniors that are not integrated into the community share a similar challenge of isolation.
Recognizing these challenges, I will advocate for LGBT2Q+ seniors and their unique support requirements when implementing the below platform commitments with a re-elected Liberal government.
A re-elected Liberal government will:
- Boost OAS by 10% next year for seniors 75 and over
- Increase GIS by $500 for single seniors
- Double the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, to $20,000, putting up to $1,500 back in the pocket of Canadians who need it
- Establish an expert panel to provide recommendations for establishing and Aging at Home Benefit
- Introduce a 1-800 help line for seniors to provide a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits
What are your views on LGBT2Q+ youth and their need for dedicated support?
I believe in a Canada where everyone can live as their true, authentic self in every aspect of life, especially our youth that are accepting their sexuality. In addition, LGBT2Q+ youth have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 given the unique challenges of living situations and access to mental health services. A re-elected Liberal Government will:
- Introduce a new fund for student well-being to improve wait times and increase access to mental health care at colleges and universities. The fund will support the hiring of up to 1,200 new mental health care counsellors, including those who can support the needs of BIPOC students, at post-secondary institutions across Canada. We will invest $500 million over four years and dedicate 10% annually to support Indigenous-governed and operated post-secondary institutions.
- Re-introduce legislation within the first 100 days in office, to eliminate the practice of conversion therapy for everyone, and extend coverage of the ban to include people over 18 years of age.
What are your views on a National LGBT2Q+ Action Plan in Canada to focus strategy with deliverables, accountability, and funding to ensure LGBT2Q+ are supported in all areas of Canadian society?
To better support LGBT2Q+ people and build a society where everyone has equal rights and opportunities, a re-elected Liberal government will:
- Complete the Federal Action Plan within the first 100 days in office.
- Provide $40 million over 4 years starting in 2021-2022 for capacity funding to Canadian LGBT2Q+ service organizations
- Ensure the cost of vitro fertilization (IVF) becomes and eligible health expenditure under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.
- Expand the Medical Expense Tax Credit to include costs that have been reimbursed to a surrogate mother for her IVF expenses.
- Move forward on providing adoptive parents an additional 15-week of leave to make sure they get the same level of support to care for their children as other parents.