Humber River–Black Creek
Judy Sgro was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in the riding of York West in 1999. In 2015 she was reelected for the sixth time in the new riding of Humber River–Black Creek.
Prior to the 2015 election, Sgro was the Liberal Party’s critic for Industry. In that position she led a working group that published a white paper that recommended a Pension Income Bill of Rights.
She had previously been the critic for National Revenue and also for Seniors and Pensions and the Status of Women.
In 2001 she was named as chair of the Prime Minister’s Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues. The group released a report in 2003 recommending increased federal support.
Under Prime Minister Paul Martin, Sgro served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In that role she was an advocate for family reunification. Sgro was forced to resign from cabinet in 2005 after questions arose about election expenses and favours on immigration files. She was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Ethics Commissioner later that year.
She has also served on the Standing Committees for Status of Women, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works.
Sgro served on the North York City Council and Toronto City Council for more than a decade. During that time she also served as vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board and a member of the council’s executive committee and the intergovernmental affairs committee.
It was her work in intergovernmental affairs that led to an interest in running federally, to bring national solutions to local problems.