Since first being elected in 1993,Colleen Beaumier has served on several Parliamentary committees as a chair, vice-chair or a member.
Human rights issues have engaged her for more than two decades. Ms. Beaumierís commitment to human rights, her history of community involvement, along with social work and business experience have made her an effective representative of a diverse community during her three terms of office as the Member of Parliament for Brampton West.
Ms. Beaumierís involvement in international human rights began in 1980. As Area
Co-ordinator of Operation Lifeline, she assisted Vietnamese refugees settling in the Toronto area. Her involvement in the South Asian community and its plight lead her to visit the Punjab in 1995 and again in 1997 where she witnessed the problems first hand.
Ms. Beaumier has been 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 memberís bill, Bill C-208, which increased transparency in the bureaucracy.
During the latest session of Parliament, Ms. Beaumier spoke on a range of issues such her strong opposition to the war in Iraq.
Ms. Beaumier earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor. She and her husband Pierre are the parents of three adult children: Stephanie, Michael and John.