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Former B.C. senator, MP and journalist Pat Carney dead at 88 | CBC News


Pat Carney, who pioneered roles for women in Canadian politics and journalism, has died at the age of 88.

Her niece, Jill Carney, confirmed in a statement that the former MP and senator died last night.

Carney was the first female Conservative member of Parliament elected in B.C. and the first female Conservative appointed from the province to the Senate.

Her website says she began her journalism career in the 1960s and was the first female business columnist writing for daily newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province.

It says Carney was also the first woman in every government portfolio she held, serving as the minister of energy, minister of international trade and president of the Treasury Board in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet.

A white-haired woman with short hair stands next to a white man adjusting his glasses in front of a mic.
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, along with then-trade minister Pat Carney, makes a statement after a day of briefing the provincial premiers on the state of the North American trade talks in this Sept. 14, 1987 file photo. (Chuck Mitchell/The Canadian Press)

She was a mother of two and lived on Saturna Island, one of B.C.’s Gulf Islands.


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