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Svend Robinson

Svend Robinson is a Canadian politician, the New Democratic member of parliament for Burnaby-Douglas, a riding in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Having been in office since the late 1970s, Svend is most notable for having been the first MP to come out as gay. Although faced with homophobia from other members of the House of Commons, he has since been followed by Bloc Québécois MP Réal Ménard[?], fellow New Democrat Libby Davies[?], and Tory MP Scott Brison[?].

Svend is also a committed activist. He was involved in the First Nations land claims[?] standoff at 100 Mile House[?]; fighting for the right of Sue Rodriguez[?] to receive assisted suicide; the anti-logging protests at Clayoquot Sound; and the protests against the FTAA during the Summit of the Americas[?] in Quebec City in April 2001.

He remains one of the NDP's most popular MPs. He has been strongly involved in the New Politics Initiative[?] in the NDP's renewal process, although he remained committed to the party after the NPI's near miss at the 2001 general convention in Winnipeg.

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