First elected in 2011, Randall Garrison is the NDP MP for Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke. He has been named the party critic for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, National Defence and for LGBT issues.
Before the election in October 2015, Garrison served as Public Safety critic and was vocal in his opposition to Bill C51. He is also an opponent of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Garrison has a long list of accomplishments in the House pertaining to environmental protection and wildlife conservation. He introduced a Bill to establish federal oversight to ecologically important rivers, as well as motioned for the House to take steps to protect the endangered Southern resident killer whales. He has advocated for stricter greenhouse gas reduction targets, and campaigned to ban coastal drilling in BC.
Garrison also introduced Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), which would amend the Canada Human Rights Act to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination. The bill failed in the Senate.
Before being elected to the House of Commons, Garrison served as a city councillor in Esquimalt. He was also a member of the Esquimalt Municipal Police Board.
Garrison is the founder of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Cenre and has participated in human rights missions to East Timor, Indonesia, Afghanistan and the Philippines. He taught criminal justice and political science at Camosun College for 20 years.
Garrison regularly holds public meetings in his riding to discuss the impacts of government legislation.
He lives in Esquimalt with his partner Teddy Pardede.