Joyce Murray is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board . Ms. Murray was first elected to Parliament in 2008. She has served on Standing Committees on Trade, Health, Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Defence. Her most recent Liberal Critic portfolio was National Defence. In 2012/2013 she ran as a candidate in the Liberal Party of Canada leadership race, placing second on a ‘sustainable society’ platform of action on climate change, gender equality, electoral reform, and legalizing marijuana.
From 2011 to 2015 Ms. Murray chaired the Liberal Northern and Western Caucus, and co-chaired her party’s weekly Policy and Platform Caucus in Ottawa. Her legislative work includes presenting a Bill banning crude oil tanker traffic from BC’s North Coast; and a Bill to increase accountability and transparency of Canada’s Communication Security Establishment (CSE) and other security and intelligence agencies.
Before entering federal politics Ms. Murray was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, serving as a cabinet minister in the BC Liberal government from 2001 to 2005. Her political career followed 25 years spent building an international reforestation company she co-founded that has planted over one billion trees. Her interest in environmental sustainability was expressed in her thesis on climate change policy, which contributed to the SFU Deans Medal she was awarded for top MBA graduate of 1992.
Joyce emigrated from South Africa as a child. She has three adult children and lives in Vancouver with her husband Dirk.
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