The Honourable Sue Barnes was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada with special emphasis on Judicial Transparency and Aboriginal Justice. Before this, she was elected three times as the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
She has served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, Chair of the Federal Ontario Liberal Caucus, and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs from 1993-1996.
Mrs. Barnes continues to be active with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and is an International Executive Member.
Mrs. Barnes received both her Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Language in 1974 and Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1977 from the University of Western Ontario and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1979.
Before being elected to Parliament, Mrs. Barnes practiced law in London, Ontario from 1979 to 1993. In addition, she was an instructor for the Law Society Bar Admissions Course and taught courses in business and banking law at Western's Department of Part-Time and Continuing Education.
Mrs. Barnes was born in Malta, immigrated as a child to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in her teen years. She resides in London West with her husband, John, and has three children Amanda, Devon and John Anthony.