Canada: "Proud Vote" campaign seeks stances on LGBT issues

Provincial election candidates in the region are being asked for their thoughts on issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community ahead of the June 7 vote.

Fierté Simcoe Pride has reached out to all 31 candidates in the ridings of Barrie-Innisfil, Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Simcoe-Grey, Simcoe North and ork-Simcoe, providing them with a questionnaire featuring 17 queries, as part of what the group is calling Proud Vote.

The organization decided to pose the questions after being contacted by members of the LGBT community who wanted to know where candidates stood on the issues. Fierté Simcoe Pride sent the questionnaire to candidates on Monday, giving them until May 27 to respond.

“It’s a tight timeline, but we want the community to have time to process the answers,” said Fierté Simcoe Pride president Brandon Rhéal Amyot.

Only two of the 31 candidates have not received the questionnaire, as they haven’t yet responded with contact information.

Most of the MPP hopefuls have happily accepted the questions, Amyot said.

“It’s very encouraging because what we don’t want is people answering questions they don’t understand. We don’t want to make people look bad.” Read more via Orilla Matters

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