After the votes today in the Commons, and just before rushing off to open a venue for the BC Scene, I managed to quickly talk to the Hill's fabulous honourary drag queen, Hedy Fry, about this weekend's convention.
Q: Convention is your weekend. It’s your host city. What are you looking forward to for that?
A: I’m the co-chair of the host committee. We are looking at making sure that we do the work we are set out to do, which is about renewing the party, making it change, making it more responsive to and involved with the grassroots. The second thing is that we’re going to be looking at some strong policy, which is going to feed into whatever it is we do with our platform down the road. Thirdly, we’re going to have fun. I mean, Vancouverites know how to have fun, so we’re going to be turning it on for the people there, so it’s just going to be a great time. And another thing we’re going to do is a lot of Liberals are going to go out into the community from around the country, and do things like picking up garbage and doing community work. So those are the four big things we’re going to do to make our presence felt, and that is what we’re looking forward to. It’s going to be fun.
Q: I’ve heard from a couple of gay delegates who are going that they’re going to make a bee-line for your people once they get there because you know where all the places to go are.
A: Of course I do! But we’re also having as part of our entertainment on the Saturday night, we’re having drag queens in burlesque as well as Spirit of the West and some serious stuff. It’s going to be fun.
I also wanted to tell you – we’re launching a website. We launched it on Monday.
Q: Liberal Pride?
A: Liberal Pride – it’s going to be at the convention. It’s a first in Canada.
Q: I’m already on it. Cheers!