Ryan Lester

Candidate of Record for Toronto Centre

Conservative Party of Canada


Human Rights, Equality, and Compassion

Human Rights, Equality, and Compassion

Human Rights, Equality, and Compassion

Ryan is passionate about human rights and the equality of all Canadians. He's been a director Pride Toronto, Egale Canada, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Protecting our Environment

Human Rights, Equality, and Compassion

Human Rights, Equality, and Compassion

Ryan is concerned about climate change - about the kind of planet we will leave for future generations. He believes Canada is positioned to lead the global fight for a cleaner and greener natural environment - a fight that will define a generation.

Fiscal Responsibility

Human Rights, Equality, and Compassion

Truth & Reconciliation

Ryan believes you deserve a federal government that is responsible with taxpayer money. He knows there is a real cost to servicing the debt and in a few years the interest paid on the national debt will rise to $34 billion per year.

Truth & Reconciliation

Truth & Reconciliation

Truth & Reconciliation

Ryan knows that there can be no true and lasting reconciliation without financial reconciliation. He wants to empower Indigenous communities to share in the wealth that Canada is so capable of creating. 

Electoral Reform

Truth & Reconciliation

Electoral Reform

Ryan is committed to improving our democracy through electoral reform. He knows that this past November 2019, 68% of Canadians agreed with him. And as a candidate for Toronto City Council in 2018 for Ward 13 Toronto Centre, Ryan supported the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto.

LGBTQ2 Equality

Truth & Reconciliation

Electoral Reform

Ryan lives with his husband and their dog (Meatball!) in downtown Toronto. He knows that creating safer and more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ2 people in Canada happens in our homes, workplaces, and in our own communities through the conversations that we have every day.

Peter MacKay Campaign Leadership

One Party, united.

A government that understands Canada, encourages investment, and helps people by creating the conditions for success.

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As Proud Politics said, "Ryan is no stranger to Toronto Centre." He has lived in Toronto Centre for more than a decade. A local volunteer and longtime advocate, he has a reputation for getting results – for setting goals and working hard to meet them. 

Those who know Ryan say he's a fighter. He's a tough negotiator, but he's careful to fight for the community from a position that is fair, thoughtful, and compassionate. And he never loses sight of the fact that there are real people impacted by policy decisions.

His work in the non-profit and charitable sector has made a difference in Toronto Centre. He was a member of the bid team that brought World Pride to Toronto in 2014 and was a director at Egale Canada Human Rights Trust where he led the team that raised $15 million to build an emergency and transitional housing facility in Toronto Centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2) homeless youth. 

Ryan is passionate about mental health and addiction and he strongly believes in the human rights and equality of all Canadians. In 2016, Ryan proudly represented Canadian Civil Society at the Organization of American States (OAS) as a panelist on Advancing a Commitment to Address Victims of Trafficking in Persons. 

In 2018, Ryan was your candidate in the Toronto Municipal Election for Ward 13 Toronto Centre. He put forward a platform that focused on building a safer city, housing affordability, reducing congestion, and investing in new transit infrastructure. 

Ryan is an is an alumnus of Ryerson University’s Public Administration & Governance program and wants to bring together everyone who believes in a balance between fiscal responsibility, progressive social policy, and individual rights and responsibilities. 

As a community leader, Ryan has focused his volunteer work on reducing new HIV infections in Toronto and promoting the independence, dignity, health and well-being of people living with HIV and AIDS. He served as Treasurer of the board of directors at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and worked hard to stabilize the organization’s finances so it could continue to meet the needs of people in the community. 

As an LGBTQ2 candidate in the 43rd Canadian General Election, Ryan was proud to bring his true, authentic self to the Conservative Party of Canada. And he was proud to bring what he's learned as a director with organizations working to reduce barriers for LGBTQ2 people, and other underrepresented groups, right here in Toronto Centre. @XtraMagazine asked #LGBTQ2 candidates six questions ahead of #Elxn43  Here's what Ryan had to say

Ryan looks forward to building an inclusive, safe, and prosperous future for Toronto Centre and Canada.

in the community


Cabbagetown Resident's Association Debate


AIDS Walk for Life in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)


St. James Town Festival and the Safety Committee


Running with a little help from my friends


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