Betty Hinton, MP Masthead
Member of Parliament for Kamloops Thompson Cariboo
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Personal Profile of Betty Hinton, MP  

Mrs. Hinton is a third generation British Columbian and fifth generation Canadian.  Born and raised in Trail, British Columbia, Mrs. Hinton spent her formative years in both the West and East Kootenays, but has called Kamloops her home for the last thirty years.

Her public service career began in the early 80’s with her first election as a school trustee to the Kamloops School Board.

She was elected to three separate terms and held the positions of Chairman of the Policy Committee, member of the Finance Committee, and member of the Negotiating Committee. Mrs. Hinton was instrumental in bringing French Immersion to rural schools within the School District.


She was later elected as a mayor (Logan Lake) and had the distinction of being the youngest serving female mayor in Canada, as well as the first Canadian to hold two elected offices simultaneously (Mayor & Trustee). She is credited with successfully bringing the Highland Valley Copper mine into the boundaries of the District of Logan Lake, thus ensuring the financial survival of this mining community.

For a brief period, following the completion of her term as mayor, Mrs. Hinton concentrated on her young family and her position as a pharmacy assistant.  The sudden death of a former council colleague brought her back to municipal politics as a councillor.

Mrs. Hinton served the area as a Regional District Director with the Thompson Nicola Regional District and held the positions of Executive Director on the TNRD board, Executive Director of the Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association, and  founding member of the Thompson Area Development Association, (BC’s first Community Futures program).

Although she received numerous honors over her years of municipal service, her most cherished is the Kamloops YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Public Service category.

Mrs. Hinton stepped out of public office for a time when she entered a banking career with CIBC in Kamloops. She later opened her own business as a Toshiba electronics dealer. 

When not involved in an elected capacity, Mrs. Hinton remained an active community volunteer. She is a past president of the Kamloops Constituency Association, chair of the Convention Committee, an active fundraiser for cancer research, and a founding member of the Kamloops chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

In 2000, Mrs. Hinton sought and won the nomination to carry the banner for the Canadian Alliance.  She went on to defeat a 23 year sitting NDP member in a landslide victory, and became the first woman elected to serve as a Member of Parliament in the Kamloops riding.

Mrs. Hinton was re elected in 2004 and again in 2006.

In her three terms she has served as:

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
  • Member of the Standing Committee on National Defense and Veterans Affairs
  • Shadow Cabinet Critic - Veterans Affairs
  • Shadow Cabinet Critic – Public Health
  • Shadow Cabinet Critic – Status of Women
  • Shadow Cabinet Critic for Multiculturalism
  • Deputy Critic – Heritage Committee
  • Deputy Critic – Health
  • Deputy Critic – Indian and Northern Affairs
  • Chair of the Leaders Advisory Committee on Indian & Northern Affairs
  • Chair of the Conservative Women’s Caucus
  • Vice Chair of B.C. Caucus

In her second term of office Mrs. Hinton had the distinction of serving as the first female Opposition member to hold a Deputy Speaker position in the House of Commons.  Her appointment received unanimous consent from the House of Commons and she served in that capacity until the election of 2004.

Betty and James Hinton have been happily married for 36 years.  They have a daughter (Shelby) who is a doctor, a son (Trevor) who is an actor, one grandson, and one granddaughter.  Mrs. Hinton continues her passion as a painter and a potter in her free time.




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