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MP Joyce Murray demands that the Conservative Government support Cpt. Robyn Young

Posted on February 25, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, I asked about armed forces member Robyn Young’s misdiagnosis by a military doctor, which caused her considerable harm.

The minister responded that the defence department is continuing to cover these costs, but that was disingenuous. They only started to cover them recently, and have not reimbursed the tens of thousands of dollars she has already spent. In fact, Robyn’s family has had to resort to community fundraising to help pay her health bills.

When will Ms. Young finally get full and fair compensation from this government?

MP Joyce Murray demands fair treatment for Robyn Young and all Armed Forces Members

Posted on February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives pay lip service to the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, but they fail to deliver when help is needed. The government trumpeted it’s plan to give ex-military members priority for public service jobs, but it is refusing to let former members transfer all of their pensions if they make such a move.

Why do the Conservatives disrespect the service of our Armed Forces members and why are they treating them so unfairly?

Hon. Erin O’Toole (Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, there is no such barrier to hiring. I am very proud that our government has put forward the veteran hiring act in order to give priority to the men and women injured in the service of Canada. We are looking at a specific and small situation for reservists that treats them fairly so that Canadian Forces reservists can take advantage of this excellent policy for our veterans.

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, another failure to deliver.

Robyn Young joined the Forces as a reservist at the age of 17, serving full time until 2011. In 2009, a military doctor misdiagnosed her tumour and performed unnecessary surgery. The result: a debilitating condition that now affects her ability to work. Young now works only part time and no longer gets the medical benefits she needs to heal and return to full-time work, benefits she would have received if diagnosed correctly.

Would the minister commit today to fix this injustice for Robyn and any others who may be in her situation?

Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, both the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are aware of this troubling case. The Canadian Forces health services group is conducting a full review of it. While this review is ongoing, both DND and the Canadian Armed Forces are continuing to cover her medical costs and meet her medical needs relating to her present condition.

As this is a health-related matter, it would be inappropriate for me, with respect to patient confidentiality and the Privacy Act, to comment further.

MP Joyce Murray congratulates Vancouverite Dr. Robert Bridson on his Oscar win

Posted on February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise in the House today to congratulate B.C. resident, Dr. Robert Bridson, for winning an Oscar for his innovation and technical achievements in the motion picture industry.

Dr. Bridson is an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of British Columbia in my riding of Vancouver Quadra and he is being honoured with the Academy Award for developing the mathematical software and creating the computer generated models used to simulate real world scenes in major blockbusters such as Avatar, The Avengers, The Hobbit and the sci-fi thriller Gravity.

Dr. Bridson’s success highlights the economic and social importance of arts and culture to Vancouver and the country as a whole.

On behalf of Parliament, I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Bridson for his contributions to mathematics, the film industry and to our entertainment. And thank him for serving as an inspiration to young people considering math as a field of study or career.

MP Joyce Murray presents a petition on respect for the right of small-scale family farmers to preserve, exchange, and use seeds

Posted on February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I rise to table a petition today demanding respect for the right of small-scale family farmers to preserve, […]

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MP Joyce Murray speaks on Bill C-51 – Anti-Terrorism Act

Posted on February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join the debate on Bill C-51 today. Canadians are well aware of the harm […]

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MP Joyce Murray demands answers on Defence budget cuts

Posted on February 19, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, today the respected Conference of Defence Associations released a damning report on the Conservative government’s mismanagement and budget […]

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MP Joyce Murray Celebrates the Year of the Sheep in the House

Posted on February 19, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, today marks the start of the Chinese New Year, when Chinese and Asian communities around the world will […]

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MP Joyce Murray discusses Iraq Mission costs on Power & Politics

Posted on February 19, 2015 | No Comments

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Change of location—Annual MP Community Lunar Celebration

Posted on February 18, 2015 | No Comments

February 19th is the beginning of the Year of the Sheep—羊. Families will gather to celebrate, give thanks for good fortune, and wish for a prosperous […]

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Joyce Murray Questions the Conservatives on Hiding Costs of Iraq Mission from Canadians

Posted on February 18, 2015 | No Comments

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives refused for four months to provide Canadians with any information at all about the cost of the Iraq mission, so I asked […]

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