Colleen Beaumier

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Colleen Beaumier
Member of Parliament for Brampton
In office
1993–1997
Preceded by John McDermid
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of Parliament for Brampton West-Mississauga
In office
1997–2004
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of Parliament for Brampton West
In office
2004–2008
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Andrew Kania
Personal details
Born (1944-11-08) November 8, 1944 (age 69)
Chatham, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Pierre Beaumier
Residence Brampton
Profession Businesswoman

Colleen Beaumier (born November 8, 1944) is a Canadian politician, who served in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2008.

Pre-politics[edit]

Born in Chatham, Ontario, she studied at the University of Windsor, earning a bachelor of arts in psychology. She and her husband Pierre are the parents of three adult children: Stephanie, Michael and John; Stephanie ran for Brampton City Council in the 2006 election but was defeated.

Before enter politics, she taught at the Ontario School for Mentally Challenged Children, served as a community member of the Ontario Parole Board, worked as a controller at a trucking firm and, at the time of her election, she was the vice-president of a bioanalytical services firm employing more than 100 people. Her involvement in international human rights began in 1980. As area co-ordinator of Operation Lifeline, she assisted Vietnamese refugees settling in the Toronto area.

Political career[edit]

Beaumier was first elected in 1993 in the riding of Brampton. In 1997, she was re-elected, this time in the newly created riding of Brampton West—Mississauga, where she won again on November 27, 2000. During the federal election of 2004, she defeated former provincial Minister of Health Tony Clement in the newly created riding of Brampton West. In 2006, she was again re-elected, her fifth such mandate.

As a Member of Parliament, she has remained a frequent spokesperson for human rights. At the 1995 global conference on the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the United Nations, she spoke on the dangers of global income disparities. In response to human rights violations uncovered during the Somali Inquiry, she authored a private member’s bill, Bill C-208, which increased transparency in the bureaucracy and established tougher penalties for the destruction of documents.

In 1999, Beaumier was criticized for firing a single mother working in her office. She said, "I'm not comfortable with the fact that she's a single mother." Carole-Anne Hoard chose to become artificially inseminated with her late husband's sperm. Beaumier informed Hoard of her decision just before she was to return from maternity leave. Hoard said, "I watched my husband die. I think I have gone through enough. I need to work. As you can imagine, I've been reeling from the events of my life." Beaumier defended her decision, saying that politics was too insecure a profession for someone in Hoard's position.[1]

Beaumier has served on numerous parliamentary committees, most notably serving as chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development and the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. She also served as vice-chair of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

In 2003, she served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, and later as the associate critic for the Canadian Border Services Agency.

She announced on September 5, 2008 that she would not be running in the 2008 election. She was succeeded by Andrew Kania.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Colleen Beaumier 27,988 49.1 +4.7
Conservative Bal Gosal 20,345 35.7 -4.3
New Democratic Jagtar Singh Shergill 6,310 11.1 +0.6
Green Jaipaul Massey-Singh 2,340 4.1 +0.7
Total valid votes 56,983 100.0
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Colleen Beaumier 21,254 45.4
Conservative Tony Clement 18,768 40.0
New Democratic Chris Moise 4,920 10.5
Green Sanjeev Goel 1,603 3.4
Independent Tom Bose 371 0.8
Total valid votes 46,916 100.0
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Colleen Beaumier 31,041
Alliance Hardial Sangha 7,666
Progressive Conservative Glenn W. Harewood 5,957
New Democratic Matt Harsant 1,567
Green Mike Hofer 529
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Colleen Beaumier 27,297
Progressive Conservative Robertson, Kirk 8,447
Reform Ernie Mcdonald 7,569
New Democratic Nirmal Dhinsa 2,192
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes
     Liberal Colleen Beaumier 35,203
     Reform Ernie Mcdonald 18,196
     Progressive Conservative Susan Fennell 12,134
     New Democratic Party John Morris 1,925
     Natural Law Maxim Newby 455
     Marxist-Leninist Amarjit Dhillon 245

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGregor, Glen (April 4, 1999). "'Uncomfortable' MP cuts single mom's job". Calgary Herald. p. A8. 
  2. ^ [1]

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