March 18, 1997 (35th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Judy Bethel


Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the women of Edmonton East have made a tremendous contribution to good government.
It is their efforts in gathering the collective wisdom of all who live and work in Edmonton East that help our ministers shape effective policies and programs for the benefit of all Canadians. It is their collective wisdom we see reflected in the legislation of this House.
Kate Quinn, a leader with Communities for Changing Prostitution, was instrumental in organizing a forum that helped us understand the impacts of street prostitution on neighbourhoods and on young victims. The recommendations generated at this forum provided clear directions for changes our government made to the Criminal Code.
Sue Olsen is a leader in our inner city communities and an Edmonton police officer. Her collective efforts resulted in amending legislation to provide police officers with the necessary tools to permanently shut down Edmonton's fortified drug houses.
Liz O'Neill in her testimony to the finance committee in Edmonton showed clearly why charging GST on food would harm children who live in poverty. Her wisdom, too, is reflected in our legislation.
These are but a few Edmonton women. They provide good government. They are political women and they help us.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Edmonton East
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