A New Deal for People.
Breen believes that community leaders should understand the needs of the people they serve. His dream is to represent all of you: as your MP in matters of federal jurisdiction; as your partner with other levels of government; and as your advocate when no one else will take responsibility. Our lives are more complex than a few tired talking points. Breen rises to the challenge of consulting with the people and communities of Vancouver Centre, to carry your guidance forward for the change that matters to us all.
Endorsements of Breen.
“I am endorsing Breen Ouellette as our candidate for Vancouver Centre, because his grasp of justice and passionate caring remind me of Jack Layton and Tommy Douglas.
Breen fully and immediately grasps the needs of the seniors, children, and working people, of the LGBT2S community, of people with disabilities, and of people who are being displaced. He understands because he listens well and long enough to take in issues.
As well, Breen has a brilliant mind, he is a lawyer with a full understanding of governance and the legislative change needed to protect our community and make it possible for all of Vancouver Centre to thrive.
We need him fighting for us.”
Judy Graves, Advocate for the Homeless, City Hall, Vancouver (retired)
"In honour of our cultural and spiritual traditions, our lawyer Breen Ouellette wore his Métis regalia at the MMIWG National Inquiry. He was very respectful, caring and spiritual towards all of our emotional needs during the hearing. My family was so blessed to have him represent us at our hearing."
Iyal-xwemat of the Shishalh First Nation (Gertrude Pierre), BSW (UBC), aunt to Cheryl Ann Joe (whose murder sparked the annual February 14th Women's Memorial March in Vancouver), Elder Support Worker at Indian Residential School Survivors Society, volunteer with many societies and government committees in Vancouver and beyond, author, national advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people, and witness before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Two-Spirit People).
"The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was a very hard, emotional time for my family. Breen was present with my family when we had a meeting with RCMP in Burns Lake, BC, and my family felt safe enough to ask questions that otherwise we would have felt intimidated or scared to. That day we found out more information about what happened to my sister, Mary Beverly Williams.
Breen was also a big support to us when we told our story about my sister in Smithers, BC at our hearing before the National Inquiry.
Breen is a very hard worker and a straight forward, get-to-the-point-and-get-it-done person."
Smogilthjim of the Grouse Clan of Lake Babine Nation (Lucy M. Smith), sister of murdered woman Mary Beverly Williams, and witness before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Two-Spirit People).
"I have known Breen through his academic life, his legal career, and when he joined as Commission Counsel at the National Inquiry. I can attest to his honesty, integrity, work ethic, and determination. He has a unique ability to see the heart of an issue and address it.
Breen is the person we want and need in political leadership."
Marilyn Poitras, LLM (Harvard), LLB (USask), Director of the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre and former Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Two-Spirit People).
"I believe Breen would make a strong representative for the constituents of Vancouver Centre and a very capable Member of Parliament. He is a person of integrity and fairness with strong values and principles. He is hard working, has operated successful businesses, and has worked and volunteered in multiple community, provincial, and national organizations to the benefit of all members of society."
Don Coulter, MSc (NYU), BSc (UToronto), CPA, CA (CPABC), former President and CEO of Coast Capital Savings, business leader and current President and CEO of a national financial institution, and university professor.
"I had the great opportunity to work alongside Breen Ouellette at the National Inquiry. He displayed the greatest integrity and passion while working for people of all walks of life. Breen would always go above and beyond the call of duty to advocate for families and survivors. I know that Breen will do the same exceptional job as an MP and will continue advocating for all people and will fight for the greater change that our country needs."
Siemthalt of the Katzie/Shishalh First Nation (Melodie Casella), BSW (UBC), cousin to Cheryl Ann Joe (whose murder sparked the annual February 14th Women's Memorial March in Vancouver), Manager of Health Services with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Two-Spirit People), national advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people, and witness before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Two-Spirit People).
"I had the best lawyer for the National Inquiry. Breen's warmth, caring, direction, and professional advice was exactly what I needed! I was able to provide a testimony that was shared on national television and in turn it helped a lot of Canadians! Thank you, Breen."
Stephanie Harpe, daughter of murdered parent Ruby Anne McDonald, niece of historical Chief Dorothy McDonald of Fort McKay First Nation, actress, award nominated singer/songwriter, international advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people, and witness before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Two-Spirit People).
“Breen Ouellette has impressed me with his knowledge of the law, his work ethic, and his genuine kindness. He knows how to work within the system for positive change. He is interested in politics as a vehicle to serve and help others. This is exactly the kind of leadership that we need. He is deeply committed to diverse constituencies and would work extremely hard to serve everyone. Not just the people of Vancouver Centre but everyone in this country would be lucky to have him in political service.”
Rima Wilkes, PhD (Sociology, UToronto), Professor of Sociology (researcher, lecturer, and international speaker on Canadian society including race relations, and social movements).