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 4 of 368)


March 11, 2010

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

Mr. Speaker, this month we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian Voice, the oldest Ukrainian language newspaper in Canada.

In 1909, Ukrainian public school teachers in Manitoba saw the need for an independent weekly paper to reflect the common experience of the growing number of Ukrainians immigrating to Canada. They formed a publishing company and on March 16, 1910, the first issue of Ukrainian Voice hit the streets. It quickly became the glue holding the fast-growing community together. It became not only a news carrier but a voice for the pride of Ukrainian immigrants who brought their strong work ethic and other cultural values to the harsh task of Canadian nation-building.

Ukrainian Voice has maintained that critical role now for 100 years and continues to play a vital role in the dynamic Ukrainian community of the 21st century. Let us today celebrate this great contribution to Canada's cultural heritage.

[Member spoke in Ukrainian]

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Ukrainian Voice
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March 10, 2010

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

Mr. Speaker, I rise under Standing Order 52 to ask you to agree to holding an emergency debate as soon as possible on an urgent and life-threatening situation pertaining to Inuit and first nations people in this country, and the emergence of tuberculosis in very serious numbers. I make this case today for an emergency debate because of new information, new revelations that have come to our attention as recently as a couple of hours ago.

Today, representatives and elders from the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and from the Assembly of First Nations brought this frightening reality to our attention. They pointed out that TB infection rates in Nunavut are 185 times greater than most other parts of Canada, and in first nations communities, the rates have risen to 31 times that of non-aboriginal Canadians.

These revelations follow on the heels of an indepth series of articles by Jen Skerritt in the Winnipeg Free Press, who brought to our attention alarming statistics showing, in fact, that rates of TB in many of our communities in Canada, particularly in first nations, Inuit and aboriginal communities, are higher than that of third world countries. One such country, for example, that I visited a year ago, Bangladesh, where I was shocked to learn about TB, only to return home and find out that rates are actually even higher in this country, a first world nation, a country as wealthy as Canada.

This is new information, new data. We are not acting on this information. The government has no plan of action, never mind talking about this information. It is new and it must be talked about.

I urge you, Mr. Speaker, to consider holding this debate so that we can get it out in the open, bring forward to Canadians the serious nature of this issue, and encourage our government to come forward with a plan of action as soon as possible.

If Parliament cannot talk about it, then who can?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Request for Emergency Debate
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December 10, 2009

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a few comments, as well, questioning the wisdom of the government suggesting in any way, shape or form that this supply day motion is out of order.

Supply day motions are one of the few opportunities the opposition has to hold the government to account. It is either through question period or supply day motions. Those are the two opportunities we have to demand accountability from the government on anything to do with its budgeting process. Those provisions are sacrosanct in our rule books.

There has been, over the years, very little attempt to intervene in the choice of opposition supply day motions. So it is quite unusual for the government today to suggest that there is a problem with the wording of this motion.

Our process requires that if there is a problem with a motion, or some disagreement with the actual direction the motion is taking, then the government or anyone concerned has the opportunity to vote against the motion at the end of that day. That is democracy—not an effort to prevent the debate in the first place. That is truly unusual and unprecedented in this place.

We have rules in the House allowing members to challenge the government every step of the way, and at no point should our rules be interpreted in a way that would allow the government of the day to suppress debate. That is the antithesis of democracy, as it does not even allow the issues to get to the table.

I have listened to my colleague from the Liberal Party, whose name is on this motion. He has clearly put on record those sections of the rule book that allow for committees and the House to call whatever documents and whatever witnesses they feel are necessary for the process. That is self-explanatory.

What I wanted to do on rising on this point of order was to make the case that in the true spirit of this place, the focal point of democracy in this nation, under no circumstances should the government try to suggest in any way, shape or form that the rule books allow it to interfere with debate taking place, or to repress it in the first place.

I hope, Mr. Speaker, you will allow this day to proceed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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December 10, 2009

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

Mr. Speaker, finally, I am also pleased to present a petition from people who are concerned about safety in the air and about the fact that the responsibilities delegated to aviation companies by the safety management system is a problem.

The petitioners call upon the government to initiate a commission of inquiry, headed by a superior court judge, to conduct a judicial review into Canada's state of national aviation safety and government oversight of the aviation industry, to be followed by further reviews, at defined intervals.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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December 10, 2009

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a motion, seconded by the hon. member for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, for which I believe, if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent. It is on this day, United Nations Human Rights Day, and the day when the Olympic torch entered the chamber, that I would like to move:

That this House calls upon the government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was tabled in the House on Thursday, December 3, 2009, as soon as all provinces and territories have officially given their consent and that this House expresses the hope that ratification is achieved by the time of the paralympic games.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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