Randy’s Record

Randy’s Record

August 30, 2021

From 2015 to 2019, Randy Boissonnault served as Edmonton Centre’s strong, progressive voice in Parliament and he delivered.

During this time, Randy and his team supported thousands of constituents access and navigate Government of Canada services, advocated for investments into local infrastructure and programs, and championed our values in the House of Commons. To learn more about Randy’s record, continue reading:

2015

  • Voted to cut taxes for the middle class
  • Voted to establish the Canada Child Benefit, which now provides a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children
  • Voted to re-establish the long form census
  • Supported over fifty constituents in November–December by helping them reunite with their loved ones, navigate the Canada Revenue Agency, and ensuring that seniors receive the support they’re entitled to

2016

  • Delivered a $1 billion investment to upgrade the Yellowhead into a real freeway highway
  • Organized and joined the Prime Minister at the first-ever raising of the Pride Flag on Parliament Hill
  • Voted to expand family reunification eligibility and shorten backlogs for immigration applications
  • Led cross-country consultations on LGBTQ2 issues
  • Seconded historic legislation to make the national anthem gender-neutral and more inclusive
  • Called on Parliament to provide unanimous consent to repeal the discriminatory and homophobic Section 159 of Criminal Code
  • Voted to increase funding to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to ensure the continued programming of CBC Edmonton
  • Voted to double the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, which supports Edmonton arts and culture organizations like the Citadel, the Edmonton Opera, and the Alberta Ballet
  • Supported over 850 constituents by helping them with their Permanent Resident applications, tax filings, disability benefits and pensions, and more

2017

  • Voted to legalize and regulate cannabis
  • Voted to expand the Canada Pension Plan to help secure a better retirement for all Canadians
  • Voted to lower small business taxes
  • Joined the Prime Minister for the delivery of a historic apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians
  • Delivered on the first of two key investments to expand and upgrade the Telus World of Science Edmonton to create the new, world-class Zeidler Dome
  • Announced Canada 150 funding to support the Fort Edmonton Park expansion including the Indigenous Peoples Experience
  • Secured funding for a new outdoor skating rink at the Spruce Avenue Community League
  • Established the new LGBTQ2 Secretariat for Canada
  • Secured funding for the Grovenor School Playground
  • Supported over 800 Edmonton Centre community members with their Veterans Affairs claims, travel Visa applications, and Service Canada supports

2018

  • Advocated for the purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, which is supporting the creation of over 1,000+ jobs in Alberta
  • Co-led Canada’s first LGBTQ2 Trade Mission to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Summit in Philadelphia
  • Co-Hosted the Equal Rights Coalition Global Summit in Vancouver with the Hon. Chrystia Freeland
  • Announced the funding of critical upgrades to the Citadel Theatre
  • Secured funding for Edmonton Pride Seniors Group
  • Attended the Kehewin Water Treatment Plant sod turning to celebrate the removal of the last boil water advisory in Alberta
  • Represented Canada through the Open Parliament Network at the Open Government Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Supported over 700 constituents to access Government of Canada services

2019

  • More than 2300 Edmonton Centre residents assisted to navigate their cases with Immigration Canada, Revenue Canada, Service Canada, Veterans Affairs, Global Affairs, Canadian Border Services Agency, and numerous provincial ministries including Housing and Children and Youth Services
  • Secured a historic $1 billion in federal funding for the Valley Line West Light Rail Transit (LRT)
  • Cut child poverty in half in Alberta through the creation of programs like the Canada Child Benefit
  • Announced federal support for the rebuilding of the Roxy Theatre;
  • Delivered a second federal investment for the Aurora expansion project at TELUS World of Science Edmonton
  • Created the Canada Fund, which provides financial support for Canadian organizations who work to improve the lives of LGBTQ2 people around the world
  • Supported the expansion of the Winspear Centre
  • Delivered funding to support Women Building Futures training programming in Edmonton
  • Expanded core funding for front-line LGBTQ2 community organizations across Canada
  • Initiated a study into the criminalization of the non-disclosure of HIV status at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
  • Voted in favour of Bill C-91 to protect Indigenous languages
  • Voted in favour of motion to declare a climate emergency
  • Organized hearings into the lack of funding for Alberta arts organizations by the Canada Council for the Arts at the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee

2020

  • The Kehewin boil water advisory is lifted as a result of federal investment in 2018
  • Started a Global Health Imports PPE Company to provide PPE to seniors homes and long-term care facilities
  • Served as Parliamentarian Liaison for a peace-building mission in Bolivia
  • As Vice Chair of Global Equality Caucus, organized the Lawmakers for LGBT+ Equality Central and South America Event in partnership with Google
  • Continued to run his company, Xennex, which is certified by the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
  • Delivered his TEDx University of Alberta Talk, “Why be an Ally When you can Be a Champion?”
  • Advised local business and local organizations on how to manage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and access Government of Canada and Government of Alberta supports

2021

  • Randy was retained by the United Nations Development Program as Lead Expert on the Framework to increase LGBTQ+ Freedoms in Georgia
  • Led a series of online workshops through the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses grow through increasing trade overseas
  • Delivered a keynote address to the LGBT+ Diversity Group at the Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Organized the Lawmakers for LGBT+ Equality Central in North America in partnership with Google
  • Engaged with over 300 Chief Executive Officers and Vice-Presidents across different business sectors at the Global McKinsey Network on the Economics of Inclusion
  • Marked one year of providing personal protective equipment to seniors homes and long term care facilities in Alberta and elsewhere