Helena Jaczek

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Helena Jaczek
MPP
Member of Provincial Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 30, 2007
Preceded by Riding established
Constituency Oak Ridges—Markham
Personal details
Born (1950-11-05) November 5, 1950 (age 63)
London, England
Political party Liberal
Children 2
Occupation physician

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 and 2014 election, representing the riding of Oak Ridges—Markham, a fast-growing riding north of Toronto. She is a member of the Liberal Party.

Since 2014, she serves in Kathleen Wynne's Cabinet as Minister of Community and Social Services.

Background[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Politics[edit]

In 2003, Jaczek ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Oak Ridges. Issues included tax rates and health care.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5][6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Oak Ridges—Markham
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Helena Jaczek 36,858 45.52 +0.74
Progressive Conservative Farid Wassef 30,259 37.37 +0.23
New Democratic Miles Krauter 9,483 11.71 -1.55
Green Emilia Melara 2,762 3.41 +0.98
Libertarian Karl Boelling 1,384 1.71 +0.07
Trillium Party of Ontario Gennady Vilensky 233 0.29
Total valid votes 80,979 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +0.26


Ontario general election, 2011: Oak Ridges—Markham
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Helena Jaczek 28,878 44.78 -3.43 $  83,066.00
Progressive Conservative Farid Wassef 23,950 37.14 +1.07 146,606.59
New Democratic Joe Whitfeld 8,548 13.26 +5.33 11,142.60
Green Trifon Haitas 1,569 2.43 -4.01 350.00
Libertarian Karl Boelling 1,057 1.64   213.07
Independent Ruida Lu 484 0.75   2,766.14
Total valid votes / Expense limit 64,486 100.00 +8.85 $180,834,78
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 395 0.61 -0.13
Turnout 64,881 42.70 -5.07
Eligible voters 151,959   +21.63
Liberal hold Swing -2.25


Ontario general election, 2007: Oak Ridges—Markham
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Helena Jaczek 28,564 48.22
Progressive Conservative Phil Bannon 21,367 36.07
New Democratic Janice Hagan 4,698 7.93
Green Attila Nagy 3,815 6.44
Family Coalition Patrick Redmond 455 0.77
Independent Doug Ransom 342 0.58
Total valid votes 59,241 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 444 0.74
Turnout 59,685 47.77
Eligible voters 124,939  
Sources:"Summary of valid votes cast for each candidate – October 10, 2007 General Election". Elections Ontario. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
"Statistical Summary". Elections Ontario. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
Ontario general election, 2003, Oak Ridges
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Frank Klees 32,647 47.27 -12.72
Liberal Helena Jaczek 30,126 43.62 +9.27
New Democratic Pamela Courtot 4,464 6.46 +2.60
Green Steven Haylestrom 1,821 2.64 +0.84

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ransberry, Joan (May 20, 2007). "Jaczek to run for Grits in Oak Ridges-Markham". The Liberal. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Dr. Helena Jaczek Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment Oak Ridges-Markham. Liberal Party of Ontario. Last Accessed March 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Johnson, Linda (September 28, 2003). "All-candidates meeting gets rowdy". The Liberal. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Whyte, Murray (October 11, 2007). "Oak Ridges-Markham: Former MOH topples three terms of Tory rule". Toronto Star. 
  5. ^ Helena Jaczek. Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History Parliamentary History, Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Accessed March 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "New Ontario ministry posts". Daily Commercial News and Construction Record. November 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Laturnus, Ted (January 19, 2009). "No kids on bikes?". The Globe and Mail. 
  8. ^ "Bill 117 – Dead?". Motorcycle News. March 2010. p. 1. 
  9. ^ Bolan, Sandra (March 16, 2012). "MPP wants more organ donations". Stouffville Sun-Tribune. p. 1. 

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