Beryl Gaffney

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Beryl Gaffney (born April 1, 1930) is a former Canadian politician and public servant. She served as a city councillor in Nepean, Ontario from 1978 to 1988 serving concurrently on the council of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.

Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, she was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal MP for Nepean in the 1988 federal election and was re-elected in 1993 and served as chair of the Standing Committee on Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 1993 to 1996. During this period she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and, after successful surgery, was able to return to the House of Commons to resume her valuable contribution to health issues.[1] She did not run for re-election in 1997.

In 1998, Gaffney was appointed to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre by Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy.[2]


  1. ^ Gray C (1996). "MP offers a testimonial: "I've had superb care, and I'm alive today because of it"". Canadian Medical Association Journal 154 (8): 1241–3. PMC 1487683. 

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
The electoral district was created in 1987.
Member of Parliament for Nepean
Succeeded by
The electoral district was abolished in 1996.