|Member of Parliament
for York West
November 15, 1999
|Preceded by||Sergio Marchi|
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 6) North York Humber|
January 1, 1998 – November 14, 1999
|Preceded by||Ward Created|
|Succeeded by||Paul Valenti|
|Metro Councillor for North York|
December 1, 1994 – December 31, 1997
|Succeeded by||City Amalgamated|
|City Councillor for North York|
1987 – November 30, 1994
December 16, 1944 |
Moncton, New Brunswick
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
Judy Sgro, PC, MP (born December 16, 1944) is a Canadian politician. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, she currently represents the electoral district of York West in the Canadian House of Commons.
Sgro was introduced to politics when she was elected to North York City Council in 1987. In 1994 she was acclaimed as a Metro councillor for North York. In 1998 she became a Toronto city councillor in the newly amalgamated city where she served a term as vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.
In 1997 Sgro's first attempt at Federal politics came up short when she tried to get elected in the riding of York South—Weston. She lost to John Nunziata who was running as an independent by 4,431 votes. In 1999 she won a by-election in York West to replace Sergio Marchi who had accepted an ambassadorial position. She has since been re-elected by substantial pluralities.
In 2001, she was named chairperson of the Prime Minister's "Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues". In 2003 her group released an interim report recommending increased Federal support to recognize their economic and social value. From December 12, 2003 to January 13. 2005 she served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in the government of Paul Martin.
Political favouritism issues
In November 2004, controversy began to surround Sgro as questions arose surrounding her activities during the June election earlier that year. Several members of her ministerial staff had filed expense claims to travel to and work in her riding throughout the campaign ending on election day. More serious claims were also raised when Opposition Conservative MPs claimed she had given a special immigration permit to a campaign supporter — specifically Alina Balaican, a Romanian who had initially been admitted to the country to work as a stripper. New Democratic Party MP Pat Martin also accused Sgro's aides of making threats to deny ministerial permits to his constituents if he criticized her on the stripper controversy. The press dubbed the issue "Strippergate".
On January 14, 2005, Sgro resigned from cabinet after further allegations that she had offered to intervene in the immigration hearing of Harjit Singh, a Brampton pizzeria owner, in exchange for free pizza for her campaign staff. The following day, the Toronto Star revealed that Singh had previously committed credit card fraud.
On January 31, 2005, Sgro filed a lawsuit against Singh for $750,000 in damages. On May 10, 2005, the Federal ethics commissioner Bernard Shapiro cleared Sgro of all wrongdoing from the Strippergate debacle when it was found that Sgro didn't know that two staffers had put her in a position of conflict of interest. The ethics commissioner also concluded that Sgro had never met the woman or even knew that she had volunteered on her re-election campaign. Shapiro said to Sgro, "It appears you acted appropriately." Also the same day, Singh retracted his allegations and apologized to Sgro. He said, "I now admit I did not have a meeting with Judy Sgro and at no time did she request any campaign assistance from me. Nor did she help me with my immigration problems."
Sgro was the first member of Cabinet to resign from Paul Martin's government. There was some speculation in the media that fellow minister Joe Volpe helped to engineer her resignation given that they had a cool relationship.
Accusation of Improper Expensing
In June 2010 it was revealed that Sgro had been claiming expenses for rent on an Ottawa luxury highrise condominium owned by her adult children, apparently violating rules for such expenses set by the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons. Sgro had paid $138,000 to purchase the condo in 2001, and then transferred the title on the property to her children in 2006; she then paid her children $22,000 a year in rent to live in the apartment, apparently violating rules forbidding MPs from claiming expenses on goods or services contracted from family members.
Asked about this controversy in 2013 by a reporter from Québecor Média, Sgro replied, "The issue was dealt with, an issue was pointed out... I immediately dealt with the issue and I would ask the prime minister and his folks to do the same thing. Thank you very much." She then immediately terminated her press conference, which was originally intended to cover sexual harassment in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Sgro is now the Opposition Critic for Seniors and Pensions for the Liberals. On November 1, 2010, the Liberals released a white paper providing recommendations for retirement income security followed by a Pension Income Bill of Rights. The paper was created by a working group co-chaired by Sgro.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Giulio Manfrini||7,721||27.8||+9.1|
|Christian Heritage||George Okoth Otura||231||0.8||–|
|Canadian Action||Arthur Smitherman||170||0.6||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||27,724||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||267||1.0||+0.2|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Julio Manfrini||5,363||18.7%||+4.6%||$12,354|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||28,621||100.0%||$77,457|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: York West|
|New Democratic Party||Sandra Romano Anthony||4,724||14.07||$8,845.73|
|Total valid votes||33,580||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||261|
|Electors on the lists||58,450|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Sandra Romano Anthony||4,228||15.2%||+6.0%|
|Christian Heritage||Joseph Grubb||1,580||5.7%|
|Total valid votes||27,655||100.0%|
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|New Democratic||Julia McCrea||2,361||9.2%||+1.5%|
|Marijuana||G. Marcello Marchetti||537||2.1%|
|Total valid votes||25,534||100.0%|
|By-election on November 15, 1999|
|Progressive Conservative||Elio Di Iorio||1,721||12.7%||+5.2%|
|New Democratic||Julia McCrea||1,054||7.8%||-2.1%|
|Canadian Action||Stephen Burega||242||1.8%|
|Total valid votes||13,529||100.0%|
|Canadian federal election, 1997|
|New Democratic||Odoardo Di Santo||3,552||9.3||+3.9|
|Progressive Conservative||Jan Harnett||1,925||5.1||-1.8|
|Total valid votes||38,116||100.0|
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