Boissonnault told CBC News that he also was bullied as a gay man growing up in Alberta, and wanted to show Sikorski he wasn't alone.
"I explained what was going on to the prime minister and he said, 'well, that doesn't sound very nice, let's write this young man a message.' So we went into his office and he signed a beautiful message to Degas," Boissonnault said.
Sikorski told the Canadian Press he was grateful for the kind gesture.
“It was a beautiful card,” Sikorski said. “There were so many pictures and so many people wanted to sign it, they had to add extra pages.”