Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - MLA and Minister of Culture & Tourism Ricardo Miranda

Recently, the CFN Podcast Centre had a visit from Ricardo Miranda, Alberta's Minster of Culture & Tourism and MLA for Calgary Cross.  Appointed by Premier Notely to a 3 member committee to research racism and prejudice in the province, Miranda sat in with several members of the CFN Team to hear feedback and commentary on the subject at hand.

Miranda was born in Nicaragua and he and his family came to Canada in 1988 as refugees, leaving the Central American country behind for Guatemala before settling in Calgary when he was just 9 years old. He lives in the neighbourhood of Temple and considers northeast Calgary home.

Miranda graduated from Father Lacombe High School, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary. He previously served as a member of various committees, including the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee. He also served as chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. The 40-year-old politician speaks multiple languages — including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian — and now oversees a ministry with a $330-million budget.

He was one of the first three openly LGBTQ politicians elected to the provincial legislature, alongside caucus colleagues Michael Connolly and Estefania Cortes-Vargas. When Miranda took charge of Alberta’s Culture & Tourism Department he made further history, becoming the first openly gay cabinet minister in the province’s 112 year history. Needless to say we had and interesting chat. Simply click below to listen in.

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