Prior to federal politics, Judy represented her community on the North York City Council (1987 to 1994) and Toronto City Council (1995 to 1998) where she focused on poverty and crime reduction. It was this attachment to people that led Judy to Ottawa.
In Parliament, Judy developed national solutions to local problems. As Chair of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Issues, she shaped policy on social housing, the creation of the gas tax rebate, and the promotion of human rights and religious freedoms. As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Judy championed family re-unification and promoted systemic fairness.
In opposition, Judy focused on issues as the Official Opposition Critic for Seniors and Pensions, the Critic for Veterans Affairs, the Critic for the Status of Women, and as the Liberal Industry Critic by releasing a Pension Reform White Paper, a study on Sexual Harassment in the RCMP, and a Pension Bill of Rights.
Judy now chairs the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities, the House Liaison Committee, the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Parliamentary Friends of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, the Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, and the former past Chair of the Canada-Turkey Parliamentary Association.
Judy was recognized as the recipient in the Best Mentor Category of Maclean’s 2017 Parliamentarians of the Year awards.
This was the first time that this category was created and recognized by Maclean’s. With nearly 30 years of experience in politics Judy has offered help to new MP’s by showing them the ropes on the hill and making them more comfortable in their new positions.
Judy has always said that the best thing any Member of Parliament can do is finding something that you care about, put your time into that issue, and you will find yourself a part of a team that is advancing that agenda and Judy is doing just that with her work in both Ottawa and Toronto.
- Company:Chair, Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities