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 3 of 15)

November 18, 1996

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, there is great value to community action at a national level. In Edmonton East we developed an effective partnership between residents, students, agencies, police and yes, even our justice minister. By working together we have made great gains in creating safer streets and safer neighbourhoods.

There is cause for celebration, taking and sharing credit. Our powerful partnership has eliminated the legal use of a deadly weapon intended for use by violent, aggressive youth against others. This weapon, marketed as a comb, is 8 1/2 inches long and splits open in the middle. Once opened, the handle has an attached 4-inch steel knife blade.

Thanks to Partners for Youth, for working together, to staff and students at Eastglen High School, to Constables Rick Cooper and Aaron Nichols for identifying the weapon and bringing it to our attention. And of course, to the Minister of Justice for his efforts in making changes to section 84 of the Criminal Code.

Because this dangerous weapon is now out of the hands of youth, we are preventing crime and violence.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Justice
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October 10, 1996

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

For over 100 years, Banff national park has served as the flagship of Canada's national parks system. It is a symbol of Canadian heritage. Its protection is a value shared by all Canadians coast to coast.

How will the minister implement the recommendations of the Bow Valley study? How will she balance the environmental protection with the long-term sustainability of Alberta's tourism industry?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Banff National Park
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September 27, 1996

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the premier of Alberta visited financiers on Wall Street in New York City this week extolling the virtues of the Alberta advantage. However people on the main streets in Edmonton East know the premier is ignoring one essential element of the Alberta advantage, one that is of paramount importance to Albertans: quality health care services and an accessible health care system.

The premier believes that responsible health care restructuring simply means taking dollars out of the system without any consideration for the impact on people, on services or on budgets.

The results of cutting too deep too fast with no planning were illustrated this week when Alberta's regional health authorities reported a combined deficit of $100.6 million for the 1995-96 fiscal year.

Albertans clearly see health care in that province as an Alberta disadvantage. Their confidence rests with our Prime Minister who understands their overwhelming desire for an effective, efficient health care system and who is committed to upholding the principles of the Canada Health Act.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Health Care
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May 28, 1996

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions.

Alberta's government wants fair and efficient capital markets and enhanced harmonization of regulatory requirements between provinces. In the speech from the throne our federal government announced that it will work with interested provinces to develop a Canadian securities commission.

How would a Canadian securities commission accommodate the regional differences in capital markets that exist in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Securities Commission
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April 17, 1996

Ms. Judy Bethel (Edmonton East, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I quote: "It would be worth the money if it was for Princess Di, but it is not worth a dime for Prince Charles. Let's give him a chocolate bar and tell him to stay home".

That crude remark from the member for Edmonton Southwest is about the time honoured tradition of covering the cost of a royal visit when a member of the Royal Family accepts Canada's invitation.

That crude remark speaks volumes about Reform's commitment to cleaning up its extremist image, to equality for all people, to respect for Canada's monarchy and to restoring civility to politics in Canada.

I challenge the leader of the third party to tell Canadians if Reform's respect for women goes beyond the physical. Tell us if these kinds of public attacks on Canada's monarchy are a reflection of Reform policy.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Royal Visit
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