Carney, Patricia

Patricia Carney, economist, journalist, politician (b at Shanghai, China 26 May 1935). In 1939 her parents brought her to Canada. While working as a journalist she studied economics at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 1960. She was a successful business columnist, writing principally for the Vancouver Sun and Province. In 1970 she started her own consulting firm on northern Canadian matters and prepared studies on subjects such as pipelines, satellite communications and labour relations. After returning to Vancouver from Yellowknife, she ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in Vancouver Centre in the 1979 federal election but was narrowly defeated. The next year she was elected and, in opposition, served as energy critic.

She was re-elected in 1984 and was appointed minister of energy, mines and resources, with primary responsibility for working out a new energy deal with the western provinces. In a June 1986 Cabinet shuffle she became minister of international trade. She was deeply involved in the Softwood Lumber Dispute and the Free Trade negotiations with the US. She retired to private life before the 1988 election and returned to the newspaper business as executive editor of Pacific Press. She was appointed to the Senate in 1990.