Joyce Bateman

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Joyce Bateman
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Winnipeg South Centre
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Anita Neville
Personal details
Political party Conservative
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba

Joyce Bateman is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election.[1] She represents the electoral district of Winnipeg South Centre as a member of the Conservative Party.

Joyce Bateman is a Chartered Accountant and prior to her election into Parliament, Bateman was a trustee on the Winnipeg School Board, and was a longtime member of the Liberal Party.[2] She stated that she chose to switch parties and run as a Conservative because of the Liberal Party's fiscal plan, which she called "reckless."[3]

Bateman graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Honors Business Administration (from the Richard Ivey School of Business).[4]

In a move that was widely condemned by the larger scientific community, the Conservative government eliminated funding to the Experimental Lakes Area and issued layoff notices to dozens of staff and scientists. [5] In a 2013, Ms. Bateman sent a flyer to constituents where she took credit for solving the problem the government created by transferring ownership of the ELA to the IISD and the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario. Supporters of the ELA were angered by her comments and claimed that taking credit, when it was the federal budget cuts that nearly resulted in its closure, was misleading. In an earlier flyer sent to constituents, Ms. Bateman claimed that the research the ELA conducts no longer aligns with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ priorities. [6] The research conducted at the ELA has resulted in continent-wide policy shifts on acid rain, changes to the construction of hydroelectric dams, a ban on phosphorus in detergents and huge advancements in combating the algae that pollute Lake Winnipeg. [7] [8]

Bateman announced $860 thousand for the Composites Innovation Centre in Winnipeg to continue research looking for alternatives to plastic and fibreglass, such as wheat, hemp and flax fibres combined with resins.[9]

In an April 2014 recorded message for a constituent, Joyce Bateman claimed that the Government of Canada was “not making cuts to the CBC” and that “from a government perspective we are giving them as much taxpayer money as they ever have received.”[10] However, in 2011, the federal government announced that $115 million funding would be eliminated from the CBC budget over three years, with the final $45-million cut occurring in 2014. [11] When asked, Joyce Bateman acknowledged that she was not entirely clear when she told the constituent that the federal government was not making any cuts to the CBC. Ms. Bateman's assistant clarified that she was trying to explain there were no newly announced cuts coming to the CBC.[12]

Bateman is married to Darrell Bateman and has two children.[13]

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