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. Entrepreneur/politician Michael Gaffney is her son.

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.