VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A series of townhall debates focused on LGBTQ2 issues will be held in five cities across Canada for the first time in this country’s history.
Representatives from the Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Party, New Democratic Party, and the Bloc Quebecois will be brought together by a consortium of regional and national organizations. Debates will be held in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Montreal.
They come after a pre-election statement, signed by more than 200 LGBTQ2 organizations, was released, calling on political parties to protect and support the rights of these people.
While the statement highlights advancements and progress made regarding basic human rights and inclusion in Canada, it notes there’s “still a long way to go to achieve true inclusion and acceptance.”
“We call on all political parties running in the Canadian Federal election to commit to ensuring that human rights for sexual and gender minorities are secure in Canada and that our communities continue to be reflected in all areas of federal policy, both domestic and international,” the statement reads. “There continue(s) to be policy areas for Canada to improve in and we call on all future governments to continue to work with LGBTQ2S civil society organizations in moving forward to address issues that are still facing our communities.”
Unlike some debates, these townhalls will focus on a range of issues that impact the LGBTQ2 community.
NEWS 1130 News Director Charmaine de Silva will be moderating the townhall in Vancouver on Oct. 8. As well as being the station’s News Director, Charmaine is also Co-chair of the Vancouver Pride Society.