Vancouver’s Morgane Oger just missed out on making history last night, in her bid to become the first openly transgender elected representative at any level of Canadian politics.
The BC NDP candidate came within a few hundred votes of a momentous turning point in Canada’s political history in one of the closest fought battles of the BC Election.
Standing against incumbent BC Liberals candidate Sam Sullivan in Vancouver-False Creek, Oger was neck-and-neck with him until late into the night, leading the polls at several points during the evening’s proceedings.
That’s a far cry from the stranglehold the Liberals have held on the riding in recent years, winning by commanding margins in the past two elections.
Even though she couldn’t quite pip Sullivan to the post Oger’s campaign and her success have still made history in BC.
When Oger was nominated in November, she became the first transgender woman ever to run for a major BC party.
According to her campaign website, Morgane is an entrepreneur and long-time resident of Vancouver, a passionate advocate for education, families and human rights.
She is chair of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council and helped the Vancouver Board of Education pass its groundbreaking gender identity policy.
Morgane has also advocated for the LGBT community in Vancouver, BC and across Canada; her work was documented in the 2015 short In Alliance.