Elizabeth (Beth) PHINNEY

PHINNEY, Elizabeth (Beth), B.A.

Personal Data

Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
Birth Date
June 19, 1938
realtor, teacher

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (July 16, 1998 - August 31, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 77)

November 28, 2005

Ms. Beth Phinney (Hamilton Mountain, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this may be my last chance to speak in the House as I will be retiring on election day. I guess my comments are directed toward the transport bill because I have been fortunate to use Air Canada and other airlines in Canada to travel to and from my riding.

I would like to thank the people of Hamilton Mountain, my constituency, for allowing me to represent them for 17 years. It certainly has been a privilege.

I would like to thank everybody who helped me get elected and has helped to keep me elected. We cannot do it on our own. They have helped me accomplish my work in the riding and across the country. Sometimes it is with a phone call or a letter, or sometimes it is with a cup of tea. However, it is those people who keep reminding us and phoning us, and saying we are not doing this or we are not doing that, or could we do this who keep us on the ball and ensure that we are doing our job right.

I would also like to thank my colleagues in the House, the staff in the House of Commons and the staff I have had over the years for their support. I am doing this just in case. I have tried over the years to thank everybody who has helped, but I always miss out on somebody. So I am hoping that I can cover everything now.

Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends who, as we all know, get neglected during this period of time. There can be months and years that we do not speak to our friends or have time to spend with them. So now I will have some time to spend with them and I will be very happy to do that again.

It has been a great privilege to work here on behalf of my riding and on behalf of Canadians. Again, I thank everybody who has had anything to do with making my time here on the Hill more pleasant.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Transportation Amendment Act
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June 20, 2005

Ms. Beth Phinney (Hamilton Mountain, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, the Hamilton Police Services recently recognized the outstanding performance, courage and service of both its staff and the citizens of the Hamilton community.

Detective Troy Ashbaugh and Constable Don Sauvé were the recipients of the 2004 Members of the Year Award in recognition of the brave actions while off duty.

Citizen Sabrina Pelone was given the Award of Courage for risking her life to help someone else in danger.

Safety Patroller of the Year winner, grade 8 student Navneet Randhawa was recognized for her dedication in promoting the safety of all her classmates at Memorial Public School.

Division 10 received the James Elliott Safe Driving Award for the best police vehicle accident record.

Detectives David Doel and Hank Thorne were honoured with the Thomas J. Fitzgerald Memorial Award for excellence in forensic services.

Congratulations and thanks to these and to all other winners for making Hamilton a safer place to live.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Hamilton Police Services Awards
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June 13, 2005

Ms. Beth Phinney (Hamilton Mountain, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, June is Seniors Month. I want to recognize the contribution of seniors, particularly those in my riding of Hamilton Mountain.

With advances in technology and medicine, seniors are living longer, healthier lives while continuing to contribute to both the social fabric and the economic prosperity of Canada.

Sackville Senior Centre in my riding has approximately 1,400 active members participating in a variety of mentally and physically challenging activities.

The percentage of seniors in Canada is growing rapidly, which requires that we remain diligent in protecting health and pension supports.

The government has shown its commitment to seniors in the present budget by increasing the guaranteed income supplement, by increasing support to the new horizons program and by increasing support to caregivers. In fact, most of the features in the present budget will help seniors.

I thank all seniors for their support, enrichment and inspiration.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Seniors Month
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June 10, 2005

Ms. Beth Phinney (Hamilton Mountain, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the enormity of the tsunami disaster of December 26, 2004 continues to touch the world.

McMaster University philosophy Professor Alison Miculan and student Anushka Joseph recently travelled to Sri Lanka to see how they could help. They met women who, as a result of the tsunami, are widows. The women expressed that they dreamed of having homes and of being financially independent.

This August with the help of Relief Aid International, a non-profit organization from McMaster University, 20 to 30 people from Hamilton plan to travel to Sri Lanka. They will build a village for 50 of these women and their families and establish a local trade for the women to support themselves and their children. Professor Miculan has told us that the widows feel this project has given them back their freedom.

Congratulations to Professor Miculan and all those involved in the project for their contribution to the rebuilding efforts of Sri Lanka.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Tsunami Relief
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June 6, 2005

Ms. Beth Phinney (Hamilton Mountain, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, I was pleased last week to announce the funding of $174,000 for a project at the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre in my riding of Hamilton Mountain. This money will go toward the centre's Job Finding Club. The program includes workshops on how to prepare for job interviewing and how to write resumes, employment counselling and computer orientation.

The Job Finding Club also provides critical resources such as Internet and job bank access, city transportation, and child care during workshops. The club boasts and impressive 90% success rate.

I applaud the centre for effectively teaching people the skills and providing the necessary tools and guidance for integration into the workforce. I thank Human Resources and Skills Development for providing this much needed support.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Job Finding Club
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