Morgane Oger was the BC NDP candidate in the then BC Liberal stronghold of Vancouver-False Creek during the 2017 General Election. Outspent more than 5 to 1 by her opponent, Oger came within 415 votes of winning against then Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Sam Sullivan, a widely recognized ex-mayor who brought the Olympics to Vancouver. Oger’s near-win definitively demonstrated that with adequate support, a qualified transgender candidate is electable in Canada.
Advocating at all levels of Government in Canada, Oger has become recognized as an effective community organizer and educator, changing hearts and minds to help win significant change on issues focused around equality, LGBTQ2+ inclusion, and accessible education.
Oger has helped shape Canada’s human rights law, write police policies, improve healthcare delivery, pen policy for K-12 education, prevent extrajudicial deportations overseas, protect trans youth in schools, and formulate national transgender policy. Through her organizing and education advocacy, Oger has helped protect transgender students in public education in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Previously on the City of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ advisory committee and on the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council where she served as Chair, Oger was elected Vice-President of the BC New Democrats in 2017. She also volunteers on the Vancouver Police Department LGBTQ2+ advisory group, and serves as the chair of the Trans Alliance Society. She also volunteers with WAVAW and serves on the executive of the Law Union of BC.
A tenacious loudmouth, Oger successfully spearheaded the push to convince the BC and Canadian governments pass human rights law that protects Canadians against discrimination based on gender identity or expression. For her contribution to Trans equality, Oger was named National Hero Grand Marshal at the 2016 Vancouver Pride Parade and awarded the Pride Legacy Award for Trans Activism. Her work was featured in documentaries “In Alliance” (2015) and “1253 Letters” (2016).
Oger is currently pursuing her interests in justice and the cultivation of equality as the Executive Director of the Morgane Oger Foundation, which seeks to increase equality and justice for all Canadians by working to diminish the gap between the federal and provincial law of Canada and its application through education, advocacy, and participation in legal interventions.