First elected in 2011, and re-elected in 2015, Randall Garrison has been a strong voice in Parliament for Southern Vancouver Island.
As the NDP’s Public Safety Critic in the last Parliament, Randall led the fight to protect our privacy rights and civil liberties from the Bill C51 surveillance legislation. And as LGBT Critic, his bill securing equal rights for transgender Canadians was one of only three non-government bills to pass in the House of Commons. In the 42nd Parliament, this bill has been passed the House of Commons once again and is currently currently going through the Senate.
In addition to being once again named the LGBT Issues Critic for the NDP in the 42nd Parliament, Randall also serves as the Party's Critic for National Defence and is a Vice-Chair for the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence.
Building a greener, more prosperous BC is the heart of Randall’s work in Ottawa. He has fought reckless projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline, proposing responsible alternatives. He has worked to build community consensus on protecting the BC coast from oil spills. He has held public meetings on issues like the impact of Old Age Security cuts, and he has hosted clinics to help constituents access the disability tax credit.
Before entering Parliament, Randall was elected to the Esquimalt Municipal Council and was a member of the Esquimalt Municipal Police Board. He was a Criminal Justice and Political Science instructor at Camosun College for 20 years.
The founding president of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre, Randall has also participated in international human rights missions to East Timor, Indonesia, Afghanistan and the Philippines.
Randall is proud to live in Esquimalt with his partner Teddy Pardede.