Mary Collins

Mary Collins, PC[1] (born September 26, 1940) is a former Canadian politician.

She was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 federal election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Capilano, British Columbia.

She retained her seat in the 1988 federal election for the redistributed riding of Capilano—Howe Sound. She was appointed to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as Associate Minister of National Defence from 1989 to 1993. She also served as Minister responsible for the Status of Women from 1990 to 1993.

In January 1993, she became Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State for the environment as well as Status of Women

When Kim Campbell succeeded Mulroney as PC leader and prime minister in June, 1993, she promoted Collins to the positions of Minister of National Health and Welfare and Minister of Amateur Sport.

Her career ended that fall with the defeat of the Campbell government and the loss of her own parliamentary seat in the 1993 federal election.

After leaving politics, Collins was President of the BC Health Association. She has been active as honorary co-chair of the women's campaign school at the Canadian Women Voters Congress, as a consultant in health management, and promoting women's political development in Vietnam and Ukraine. She spent five years in Russia working on a health reform project in Chuvashia and for the World Health Organization in Moscow. As of March 2008, she is the Director of the BC Healthy Living Alliance Secretariat. She currently serves as a member of the Vancouver Police Board, the Board of Royal Roads University, the Vancouver Opera Foundation Board and chairs the Vancouver Board of Trade Task Force on Health, Wellness and Wellbeing. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from Royal Roads University and Royal Roads Military College and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen's University.


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