Judith Claire (Judy) BETHEL

BETHEL, Judith Claire (Judy), B.S.

Personal Data

Edmonton East (Alberta)
Birth Date
August 24, 1943
educator, investment broker

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
  Edmonton East (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 15 of 15)

March 8, 1994

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East)

Madam Speaker, during International Women's Week it is important to recognize the achievements of women who have come to Canada from different parts of the world. The story of immigration in Canada is the story of Changing Together, a centre for immigrant women in Edmonton.

This year the centre will celebrate 10 years of service. It is a place where immigrant women come together to help each other realize their full potential through active participation in Canadian life. It is women helping women through English language classes, job training and search skills, information and referral services and cross-cultural friendship.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   International Women's Week
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February 14, 1994

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East)

Mr. Speaker, it is my understanding that the police services in general, and certainly the Edmonton police services, are in favour of this particular amendment because it clarifies the situation for police officers and thereby makes it easier.

I am wondering if the hon. member has any comment. I would be interested to know how his Calgary police services feel about this particular bill.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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February 9, 1994

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am presenting a petition from the residents of Edmonton asking the government to ban the sale of the serial killer board game and similar games in Canada.

This petition, gathered by the members of St. Matthew's Parish, has the marks of children on the back. It is for the sake of these children and all the children of Canada that I support this request.

Promoting violence which these games do is not in the best interest of children. Protecting a safe environment for our children is as important as freedom of speech and it justifies the action proposed in this petition as reasonable in a free and democratic society.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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February 1, 1994

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East)

Mr. Speaker, today is special for me. It is my first opportunity to address Canada's 35th Parliament.

A good start would be to congratulate you and all members of Parliament on their election to the House. I look forward to working with everyone and for my constituents. I commit to you, Mr. Speaker, that I will do everything I can to make this Parliament the most positive and productive one ever.

I am proud to represent the riding of Edmonton East. Edmonton East is the heart of our city. It includes Edmonton's business district and its government centres, the Alberta legislature, Edmonton city hall and Canada Place.

The Avenue of Nations and the Old Fort Road business and revitalization zones are lined with strong and vibrant enterprises. Edmonton East includes families living in beautiful river valley communities and families struggling to survive on little or no wages in inner city communities.

Edmonton East is truly a reflection of Canada. People from all over this world have come to find a better life for themselves and their children. They are willing to work hard and to consider new and innovative solutions to the challenges of unemployment, the changing economy and our growing social needs.

They understand that this budget will have a profound impact on them because of the magnitude of changes needed to get our financial house in order. They want to be involved. They want to be informed. More important, they want to be part of the solution.

Last Saturday I was an observer, a very active listener at the pre-budget conference in Calgary. I heard clearly what western Canadians had to say to our Minister of Finance. Their advice was sincere, profound, diverse and far reaching. I must say the essence of that advice cannot be wrapped up in the simplistic headlines of yesterday's newspapers.

There was consensus. The deficit must be reduced. There was an understanding that the reductions could come from economic growth, a more equitable tax base, increased tax rates and reduced program expenditures. Participants at the workshops had some great advice for the minister to consider in developing his budget.

I would like to share these suggestions with the House. John Howard, Vice President of MacMillan-Bloedel, says to increase the clawbacks from high income earners and focus attention on where the money goes. Do not base privatization on ideology. It needs to be cost effective, fair in process and fair in result. He says deregulate. There are too many governments and too many interventions especially in environmental matters.

Ardyth Cooper from B.C. believes that cuts across the board favour the status quo. She says we need instead to restructure our programs from the ground up and with vision.

Doris Ronnenburg from Alberta expressed concerns about Pathways, the much needed aboriginal training programs and their effectiveness.

Hugh Wagner from Saskatchewan suggested government should support small business through equity investment in venture capital companies rather than regional development departments.

Vicki Dutton from Alberta wants to see an end to all government subsidies to business.

Roberta Ellis-Grunfeld's group encourages us to keep listening and to invest in human capital. A sense of strategic direction is needed and we are to keep in mind that equal is not always equitable.

Diane Hunter's group believes that programs should be measurable, have clear objectives and be cost efficient. Each should be co-ordinated and harmonized with other levels of government.

Jim Gray's group said that there needed to be increased confidence and trust in government and more consultation with the people.

The Auditor General's report should be part of the budget process and be dealt with by a parliamentary committee to ensure follow up.

These are the voices of Alberta and western Canada and they do not all sing from the same song sheet.

There are some who represent Alberta as cold, hard and uncaring. There are some who believe those in need are at fault, that they have done something to deserve pain. There are those who believe that charity begins at home and stays there. There are those who believe that Alberta is full of rednecks, cloned to act the same, think the same and be the same. That is the other Alberta. That is not my Alberta.

My Alberta would balance eliminating the deficit and reducing the debt with feeding hungry children and providing deserving men and women with real jobs which allow them to support their families with pride and with dignity.

During the election campaign my office was located deep in the inner city on what is less than affectionately known as the strip. My campaign team and I saw a way of life that I will never forget and which I will represent until my public life ends.

I will never lose sight of Virgil. He is an aboriginal child who was a great help to our campaign. Late last October he showed up wearing ten T-shirts because he had no jacket. I will never lose sight of the young men and women who were forced by a cycle of abuse and addiction into the degrading life of prostitution.

I will always represent the steady stream of capable, qualified and willing Albertans who cannot find work. These are the people who were not at Calgary last weekend. These are the people who need to be part of our budget deliberations. I urge the members opposite and all members of this House to listen to all the voices of Alberta.

I am convinced that we can reduce both the fiscal deficit and the human deficit.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Pre-Budget Consultations
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