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Judy Wasylycia-Leis Leaving Federal Politics

Tuesday, April 27, 2010



NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (left) announced on April 27 that she's leaving federal politics and will be resigning the seat she has held for Winnipeg North since 1997. Her resignation is effective as of May 1, 2010.

"I am very proud to have served my constituents for 13 years and thankful for the confidence they have expressed in me over that time," Wasylycia-Leis said when making the announcement. "It has been a privilege to bring the voice and spirit of Winnipeg North to Ottawa and help achieve better access to community financial services, greater jobs and recreation opportunities for young people, and stronger health care programs for everyone. However, I do feel that this is the right time for me to move on."

As a Federal MP, Judy Wasylycia-Leis served in many positions, including NDP Caucus Chair and NDP Finance Critic. But her longest and hardest undertaking was the defence of Canada's public health care system, as the NDP Health Care Critic, a p

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osition she held under both Alexa McDonough and Jack Layton's leadership. Her steadfast advocacy prompted Shirley Douglas, daughter of Medicare founder Tommy Douglas and herself a strong public health care activist, to call Wasylycia-Leis "Canada's medicare warrior." The Winnipeg North MP has, over the years, won support for fetal alcohol syndrome warning labels on alcohol bottles, prohibitions on candy-flavoured cigarillos, improved toy safety standards, and recognition for persons living with disabilities, the elderly and their caregivers.

Wasylycia-Leis also served in the Howard Pawley NDP cabinet in the Manitoba Legislature during the 1980s.

"Judy Wasylycia-Leis will be greatly missed by the labour movement," said Kevin Rebeck, President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour. "She's always been a fierce advocate for working people. Through the years, she has been one of our strongest allies in many a battle to ensure justice and fairness for all Canadians."

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