Episode 16: A political life: from grassroots to parliament — with Libby Davies
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Episode 16 features Libby Davies, an activist and former Member of Parliament for Vancouver East. Libby spent the past four decades advocating for the Downtown Eastside community as a grassroots organizer, and an elected representative at the municipal and federal levels. She was also the first publicly out woman to be elected to parliament in Canada.
In this episode, Melissa Roach and Jamie-Leigh Gonzales interview Libby about her newly released memoir, Outside In, covering her early days of community organizing, her experiences as a woman in politics, and representing her community’s concerns in Ottawa.
About Our Guest
Libby Davies is a former Canadian politician from British Columbia. She moved to Vancouver in 1968 and served as a city councillor from 1982 to 1993, then represented the federal riding of Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015 under the New Democratic Party banner. She was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016 and was Canada's first openly lesbian MP.
CITE THIS EPISODE
Gonzales, Jamie-Leigh, and Roach, Melissa. “A political life: from grassroots to parliament — with Libby Davies.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, May 6, 2019. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/16-libby-davies.html.
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