Judy WASYLYCIA-LEIS

WASYLYCIA-LEIS, Judy, B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 10, 1951
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Wasylycia-Leis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b8338fd5-94de-48ce-971f-e4fc26d1575f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
organizer, policy adviser

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
NDP
  Winnipeg North Centre (Manitoba)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
NDP
  Winnipeg North Centre (Manitoba)
  • N.D.P. Deputy Caucus Chair (January 1, 2003 - July 1, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
NDP
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
  • N.D.P. Deputy Caucus Chair (January 1, 2003 - July 1, 2004)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (August 1, 2004 - January 19, 2009)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
NDP
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (August 1, 2004 - January 19, 2009)
October 14, 2008 - April 30, 2010
NDP
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (August 1, 2004 - January 19, 2009)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 368)


April 15, 2010

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the government's spin on its decision to scrap plans for a Canadian HIV vaccine facility has come unspun. Today the health committee heard more conflicting accounts of how the decision was made, some of it disturbing and implying political interference. We have lost a vital public resource, and Winnipeg, by all accounts the winning bid, will lose a projected 70 high-paying scientific jobs plus spinoffs. Canada's proud HIV research reputation has nose-dived.

Will the government now give us the real reasons for all this damage?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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April 15, 2010

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, throughout all this obfuscation, one thing is clear. The government's sudden reversal is a blow to Winnipeg, a blow to Canada, and a blow to the people whose lives depend on a breakthrough in vaccine development.

Will the government at least guarantee that the $88 million set aside for the vaccine production facility will be invested in Canada, will be used for the acceleration of HIV vaccine development, will be used toward discovery research, will enhance Winnipeg and Canada's world-renowned research capacity in AIDS, will support dual capacities and will, in fact, keep sites—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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April 14, 2010

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-508, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (genetic characteristics).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased and honoured to introduce this bill to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act in order to protect Canadians from discrimination on the basis of their genetic characteristics.

I want to thank my colleague, the member for Hamilton Mountain, for her support with this bill, and I want to urge all members to consider passing it as quickly as possible.

It addresses the fact that genetic discrimination is already targeting and penalizing some persons, and is increasing as genetic testing proliferates. The bill is consistent with the Canadian Human Rights Act principles and is a statement about our acceptance of personal differences and about the integrity of the person whose most basic traits and genetic makeup must not be the basis for discriminatory treatment.

I o thank those who helped make this bill possible, starting with Jo Anne Watton, who is with the Huntington Society of Canada; Vern Barrett, the Huntington Society in Winnipeg; Howard Koks, the Parkinson Society in Manitoba; and all members of the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Human Rights Act
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April 14, 2010

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of constituents who are very concerned about the decision by Canada Post to arbitrarily remove street letter mailboxes from the community I represent, Winnipeg North.

In fact, they know the importance of speaking up on this issue because four of the five mailboxes that were arbitrarily removed by Canada Post in recent months have been returned to the community. There is one remaining at the corner of McAdam Street and Scotia Street in Winnipeg. They urge the government to require Canada Post to return the mailbox to this neighbourhood and to the people that Canada Post is supposed to be serving.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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April 13, 2010

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation terminated a grant to the government's International Development Research Centre that was to be used for an anti-smoking campaign in Africa. Why? The IDRC chair, former Conservative cabinet minister Barbara McDougall, was until recently on the board of directors of Imperial Tobacco. This is not just a major conflict of interest; it is another embarrassment of the government on the international stage.

How did the government miss such a blatant conflict of interest? Will it demand Barbara McDougall's resignation from IDRC today?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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