Personal Profile of Betty Hinton, MP
Betty Hinton was elected to the House of Commons in December, 2000 to represent the riding of Kamloops Thompson and Highland Valleys. She is a member of the Canadian Alliance party and was appointed critic of Multiculturalism and Status of Women by the leader in 2002 following a year as the chair of the Leader’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. In 2003 she was given additional responsibility as a member of the all-party Heritage committee that studies media concentration and Canadian content, among other topics.
Mrs.Hinton attended the Council of Europe twice in 2002 with a group of MPs from various parties. She spoke on the Canadian forestry industry and participated in numerous workshops regarding human rights and social issues affecting various European and African countries. In 2003 she represented the Canadian Alliance at Council of Europe meetings in Rotterdam. Again the topics that she came away wanting to do something about were the ones involving women and children, many of whom are mistreated in distant parts of the world. In particular this year Mrs. Hinton will get involved in the issue of “slavery” that still darkens the doors of many countries including Canada, she discovered.
CURRENTLY Mrs. Hinton’s portfolio includes Critic, Status of Women and Deputy Critic, Health. She is also the vice-president of the C.A. B.C. Caucus.
Prior to being elected as MP, Mrs. Hinton served in served in various public roles:
Trustee, Kamloops School Board
Chairman, S.D. Policy Committee
Member, S.D. Negotiating Committee
Member, S.D. Finance Committee
Alderman, Logan Lake
Mayor, Logan Lake
Representative, Thompson Nicola Regional District
Director and member of the executive, Thompson Nicola Regional District
Director and member of the executive, Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association
Executive Secretary, Thompson Area Development Association (now called Community Futures)
Mrs. Hinton also participated in many community roles including
Past President, Kamloops Reform Part Constituency Association
Founding Member, Kamloops Habitat for Humanities Committee
She was also a
Recipient, YMCA Woman of Distinction Award, Public Affairs
With experience as a small business owner/operator and employee of the banking and pharmacy industries, Mrs. Hinton brings a wide variety of skills to her political career. She is married, has two children, one son-in-law, a grandson, and a small dog that isn’t too sure why her owner keeps disappearing for weeks.