Federal Candidates Answer Questions of LGBT2Q+ Concern - Kelowna

Written on 09/19/2021
Taysha Jarrett

We asked all candidates running in Kelowna/Lake Country and Central Okanagan/Similkameen/Nicola to answer some questions of concern to the LGBT2Q+ community. These are the answers we received.

Tracy Gray - Conservatives - Kelowna/Lake Country

I also believe that ending the transphobic and homophobic blood ban is an example of the kind of systemic discrimination we can dismantle to show LGBT2Q+ youth that they aren’t different, and they are accepted. Unfortunately right now, LGBT2Q+ youth are taught that their blood isn’t good enough, and we should be tackling this.

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Tim Krupa - Liberals - Kelowna/Lake Country

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.

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Sarah Eves - Liberal - Central Okanagan/Similkameen/Nicola

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 crisis, especially human rights defenders, journalists, feminists, LGBT2Q+ activists, members of religious or ethnic minorities at risk and other persecuted groups who remain under threat.

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