Michelle Rempel Garner has long been an advocate of human rights in Canada. She believes that every Canadian deserves dignity and equality of opportunity regardless of their race, sexual identity, gender, or religious belief. Michelle has a strong track record of being a vocal advocate for marginalized groups in our community.
Michelle has been proud to be a voice in Parliament and in our community standing up against the rise in racially motivated hate. She has denounced the rise in violence and discrimination against Canadians of Asian heritage, Islamophobia and racism as a whole across our country.
You can read Michelle’s recent statements on these issues here:
Michelle’s statement on Islamophobia and the recent London Attack: https://mprempel.ca/news/f/on-islamophobia-and-the-london-attack
Michelle Rempel Garner’s statement on stopping Asian hate in our country: https://mprempel.ca/news/f/mp-rempel-garner-issues-statement-on-stopping-asian-hate
Michelle’s statement on the need to work to eliminating racism: https://mprempel.ca/news/f/mp-rempel-garner-issues-statement-on-eliminating-racism
This hatred has no place in our community or in Canada. Michelle remains committed to denouncing any racism in our community and actively working to address the systemic inequities many face in our country.
Standing up for the LGBTQ community
Michelle firmly and proudly stands for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, regularly meets with stakeholders from the community and is a vocal and active proponent for removing barriers to equality of opportunity.
Michelle also recognizes that members of the LGBTQ community experience higher levels of violence than any other group in Canada and that more needs to be done to advance the rights of this community. This is why Michelle has always used her voice in Parliament to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Recently, Michelle was proud to vote in the House of Commons to end the harmful and dehumainizing practice of conversion therapy. Michelle gave a speech in the House of Commons on this historic bill echoing many of the sentiments she has heard from our community. You can watch her speech here:
Michelle is also proud to support equality of opportunity for the trans community. She voted in favor of C-16. You can watch her speech here: https://youtu.be/F0GsqUUb8fk
Michelle was also proud to work alongside her colleague M.P. Eric Duncan to call on the Liberal government to end their discriminatory gay blood ban policy. Michelle called for an immediate end to this homophobic policy and for it to be replaced with a safer, more inclusive framework. You can watch M.P. Rempel Garner’s video on this topic here:
You can read her press release here:
When Michelle was Vice Chair of the Immigration Committee, she fought to have the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Program a permanent program, with regular ongoing funding to ensure that LGBTQ refugees had a safe pathway to Canada. As part of that, she was also a vocal advocate for the resettlement of the persecuted gay community in Chechnya. After Michelle’s vocal advocacy on this issue, the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Program became permanent.
Michelle also helped lead an initiative that enshrined the principle of marriage equality in the Conservative Party’s policy declaration. You can read about this here: https://www.macleans.ca/politics/how-grassroots-tories-took-on-their-partys-definition-of-marriage/
Michelle supported legislation to clear the way for those convicted in the past for same-sex offenses to have their records expunged.
Confronting Sexism and Advocating for Gender Equality
Michelle has also been outspoken on the status of women in Canada and internationally. Whether speaking out against sexual harassment in the workplace or advocating for Yazidi women and girls to be resettled in Canada, Michelle is a strong voice for women. You can read her 2021 statement on International Women’s Day here.
Michelle has delivered a number of speeches and statements in Parliament which serve to empower women. A recent statement on this received national news coverage, which you can read about here.
She also spoke in the House of Commons regarding an Opposition Day Motion our Party put forward to call for the government to take action on their cover-up with respect to sexual harassment in the Canadian military. You can watch her speech here.
You can read Michelle’s article about confronting sexism here.
Michelle’s track record speaks for itself. She has always unapologetically stood up for the rights of all Canadians.
Michelle has unequivocally fought to ensure all members of our community have equality of opportunity free from discrimination.