Proud to vote, a series of debates on LGBTQ2 issues in the Canadian federal election
Rainbow Votes 2019
2 min

Join us for a series of town hall debates on LGBTQ2 issues in the Canadian federal election

Participate in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa, or online

Nine Canadian LGBTQ2 organizations are partnering to organize a series of debates across the country. Xtra is the national media sponsor for this series of events. Every major party, the Green Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party, has been invited to send a representative to speak on LGBTQ2S issues at each of the local events. The partnering organizations will be allowed one question in key areas of expertise (immigration, health, foreign policy, justice, social development, etc). And Xtra will also contribute questions gathered from our audiences over the next few weeks (submit your question below).

Save the date now and confirm your participation on Facebook—see details below.

Practical information


Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm ET
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto
Moderator: Rachel Giese, Editorial Director at Xtra

Watch the recording of the Toronto debate:


Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm MDT
Evolution Wonderlounge, 10220 103 St NW
Moderator: Jackie Foord

> Confirm my participation to the event on Facebook


Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm PT
The Junction, 1138 Davies Street, Vancouver
Moderator: Charmaine de Silva, News Director at NEWS 1130

> Confirm my participation to the event on Facebook


Wednesday, October 9, 7:00pm-9:00pm ET
Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane
Moderator: Fae Johnstone

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Tuesday, October 15, 7:00pm-9pm ET / Mardi 15 octobre, 19h00 – 21h00 HE
Concordia University, John Molson School of Business, 1450 rue Guy, 9e étage (MB 9 CD)
Moderator: Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François

> Confirm my participation on Facebook / Confirmer ma participation sur Facebook

As we confirm political party representatives, moderators, venues and additional cities, we will update this story.

Tell Canada’s political parties what matters to you

Have a question you’d like to submit for consideration to be asked during the debates? Please fill out the form below.

Our partners

We would like to thank our partners who helped make this event series happen.

National partners

  • Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
  • Community-Based Research Centre
  • Conseil québécois LGBT
  • Dignity Network / Réseau Dignité
  • Egale Canada
  • Fierté Canada Pride
  • ProudPolitics

Local partners in Toronto

  • The 519
  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • Toronto Trans Coalition

Local partners in Vancouver

  • Rainbow Refugee Society
  • LOUD Business
  • Pacific AIDS Network
  • Trikone
  • Mclaren Housing Society
  • Qmunity

Local partners in Montréal

  • Coalition des groupes jeunesse LGBTQ+
  • Coalition des familles LGBT
  • Enfants transgenres Canada – Gender Creative Kids Canada
  • Fondation Emergence
  • RLQ – Femmes de la diversité sexuelle
  • Institut Simone de Beauvoir

Local partners in Edmonton

  • Fruit Loop
  • Alberta LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Local partners in Ottawa

  • Capital Pride/Fierté dans la Capitale
  • Ten Oaks Project