|Member of Provincial Parliament
for Oak Ridges—Markham
October 30, 2007
|Preceded by||new riding|
November 5, 1950 |
Helena Jaczek, (born November 5, 1950) is a Canadian politician. She was originally elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2007 provincial election and was re-elected in the 2011 provincial election representing the riding of Oak Ridges—Markham. She is a member of the Liberal Party.
Jaczek was born and raised in England and immigrated to Canada in 1963. She received her medical degree and Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto and later went on to pursue a Masters of Business Administration from York University. She worked as a family physician in Toronto for 11 years and then served as chief medical officer of health in York Region for 18 years. She lives in Oak Ridges with her partner and two children.
She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Local Public Health Agencies by receiving an award “In Celebration of Women”. In 2005 Jaczek received an Award for Environmental Planning from the Canadian Institute of Planners.
In 2003, Jaczek ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Oak Ridges. Issues included tax rates and health care. She lost to incumbent Frank Klees by 2,521 votes. In 2007, Jaczek won the newly formed riding of Oak Ridges—Markham by 7,013 votes beating Conservative candidate Phil Bannon and New Democrat Janice Hagan. Population growth was the main issue in the campaign as the riding of Oak Ridges-Markham was the most populous in the province as of the 2006 census. In 2011, Jaczek won the riding by 5,153 votes beating Conservative candidate Farid Wassef and New Democrat Joe Whitfield. Transit and job creation were the main local issues of the campaign.
Jaczek was appointed as a Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Health Promotion on October 30, 2007. On September 11, 2009 she was made Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Environment. On November 10, 2011 she was reappointed as a Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of the Environment. Most recently, February 2013, Jaczek was appointed as Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
In 2009, Jaczek proposed a private member's bill, Bill 117 would have prohibited riders under the age of 15 from riding motorcycles. Data presented to the house showed that 46 under-15 aged riders were hospitalized between 2005–06. She said, "The research is alarming." Motorcycle enthusiasts disputed the numbers saying that most of the injuries were from off-road activities such as dirt bikes and motocross. As of 2010, the bill had passed first reading. However, when the legislature was prorogued on March 4, 2010, the bill died on the order paper. According to the clerk of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy the bill was not carried forward.
In March 2012, Jaczek introduced a private member's bill, Bill 40 that proclaims March 26 as Epilepsy Awareness Day. She also introduced a private member's resolution that would investigate ways to encourage organ donations in the province.
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Farid Wassef||23,569||36.71|
|New Democratic||Joe Whitfeld||8,444||13.15|
|Total valid votes||64,211||100.0|
|Ontario general election, 2007, Oak Ridges—Markham|
|Progressive Conservative||Phil Bannon||21,369||36.1%||N/A|
|New Democratic||Janice Hagan||4,801||8.1%||N/A|
|Family Coalition||Patrick Redmond||476||0.8%||N/A|
|Ontario general election, 2003, Oak Ridges|
|Progressive Conservative||Frank Klees||32,647||47.27||-12.72|
|New Democratic||Pamela Courtot||4,464||6.46||+2.60|
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- Dr. Helena Jaczek Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment Oak Ridges-Markham. Liberal Party of Ontario. Last Accessed March 27, 2011.
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- Bolan, Sandra (March 16, 2012). "MPP wants more organ donations". Stouffville Sun-Tribune. p. 1.