Joyce Murray was first elected as Vancouver Quadra’s voice in Parliament in 2008. Currently, she is the Liberal Critic for National Defence.
In 2012-13, Joyce ran as a candidate for Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada on a platform of a Sustainable Society for Canada including democratic reform, placing second.
Joyce is a fierce advocate for a variety of issues: environment and climate change; building a stronger, greener economy with emphasis on job creation and support for small businesses; human rights and women’s rights; education with a focus on financial support for college and university students; health and home care; and preventative health.
In December 2010, Joyce introduced her Private Member’s Bill C-606, legislating a crude oil tanker ban in the inland waters around Haida Gwaii known as Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. This bill formalizes the long-term moratorium on oil tanker traffic on BC’s Pacific North Coast, first established by the Liberal government under Prime Minister Trudeau in 1972, and respected by successive governments until recently. Joyce was proud to re-introduce this Bill in June 2012, and continues to work to protect Canada’s north coast.
As an active member of the Canada-China Legislative Association, Joyce is steadfast in helping to strengthen Canada’s ties with China and the Asia-Pacific, as well as increasing investment in local small and medium size businesses. Before entering federal politics, Joyce was elected MLA in the BC Government. With her extensive experience in the environmental and business community she was immediately appointed as the province’s Environment Minister and served in this role from 2001 to 2004.
Joyce’s path to provincial and federal politics is indeed unique, she co-founded an international reforestation company that has planted over one billion trees. Joyce’s environmental background extends back to her 1992 Executive MBA thesis on global warming, proof of Joyce’s long-held belief that the environment and business do not have to be competing interests.
She has three grown children and proudly lives in Vancouver Quadra with her husband Dirk.