Beth Phinney was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988. Ms Phinney is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts which is studying the Federal Sponsorship Program.
Ms Phinney served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue. She has served on numerous committees, including the Standing Committee on Health which she chaired. A separate division of Health Canada for natural products was created as a result of a report from this committee. She has also served on the industry, the science and technology, and justice committees.
Ms Phinney grew up in Hamilton and her first full-time job was with Stelco. After graduating from McMaster University, Ms Phinney taught for many years before becoming the supervisor of teacher training for the Province of Quebec.
Ms Phinney has been actively working on a study of the Canada Pension Plan. Her findings to date support her belief that the pension system is in drastic need of change. One of her major focuses for re-election is to see this through to completion.
During her spare time, Ms Phinney enjoys reading, travelling and volunteering with local service organizations that focus on seniors, ethnic and cultural groups.