The continual jockeying by mainstream political parties to be seen as champions of the middle class, in the eyes of the electorate, has meant that the concerns of many marginalized communities have fallen by the wayside during the election campaign.
One glaring example of this is the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community, says Kyle Kirkup, a 2013 Trudeau Foundation Scholar at the University of Toronto’s faculty of law.
“The Conservatives have stopped attending debates where LGBTQ issues are discussed,” says Kirkup. “At the same time, we haven’t heard much from the NDP and the Liberals about how their parties would better protect LGBTQ rights, either.”
Last week, debates on LGBTQ issues were held in Toronto and Ottawa on successive evenings. At both events the NDP, Liberal and Green parties were represented. The Conservatives, however, declined to send a candidate or spokesperson to highlight their party’s position.
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