The Honourable Senator Pat Carney, P.C.

Senate of Canada, British Columbia Former Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister

The Honourable Senator Pat Carney, P.C.

Date of Birth: May 26, 1935

Senator Pat Carney was summoned to the Senate of Canada on August 30, 1990. She was the first Conservative Senator to be appointed from British Columbia since 1931.

Senator Carney is a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and served as its Deputy-Chair from February 1996 to April 1997. She is also a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. Senator Carney served as Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources from February 1994 to February 1996. In 1994 Senator Carney co-chaired the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on Lightstations and from 1998 to 2000 was the Chair of the B.C. Coastal Parliamentarians.

Born in Shanghai, China, and educated in Canada, Senator Carney had a career in journalism and economic consulting before entering politics. She was first elected to the House of Commons in the February 1980 General Election for the riding of Vancouver Centre. From 1980 to 1984 she was Opposition Critic for Energy, Mines and Resources; Finance; and Secretary of State.

From 1984 to 1988, Pat Carney held three cabinet posts; Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of International Trade and President of the Treasury Board. She was the first woman to be appointed to these senior economic cabinet positions. She was also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning, and the Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Initiative.v

As Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, she was responsible for the dismantling of the National Energy Policy and, as Minister of International Trade, for the Free Trade negotiations with the United States. In January 1988, Minister Carney and her U.S. counterpart, Ambassador Clayton Yeutter, received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of International Law and Affairs from the New York Bar Association.

During her tenure as President of the Treasury Board, Minister Carney initiated a Task Force on Barriers to Women in the Public Service, and wrote the Foreword to the Task Force's report "Beneath the Veneer", which was released on April 23, 1990.

A BA in Economics and Political Science and an MA in Community and Regional Planning, both from the University of British Columbia, Senator Carney holds an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D.) from UBC and the British Columbia Open University. She is also an Honourary Member of FRAIC (Fellow of the Royal Architect's Institute of Canada). Senator Carney was an Adjunct Professor at UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning from 1990 to 1999 and received the UBC Alumni Award for Distinguished Service for 1989. In 1998 Senator Carney was presented with an Honourary Membership to the BC and Yukon Division of The Arthritis Society.

The author of the best seller, Trade Secrets: A Memoir, Senator Carney is a regular contributor to Canadian newspapers and magazines. She is married to Paul S. White and they live in BC's Gulf Islands. Her two children also reside in British Columbia.

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