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Penny Priddy

Penny Priddy
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Surrey North
In office
2006 – 2008
Preceded by Chuck Cadman
Succeeded by Dona Cadman
MLA for Surrey-Newton
In office
Preceded by Rita Johnston
Succeeded by Tony Bhullar
Minister of Women's Equality of British Columbia
In office
November 5, 1991 – February 22, 1996
Premier Michael Harcourt
Preceded by Joan Smallwood
Succeeded by Jenny Kwan
Minister of Labour of British Columbia
In office
February 28, 1996 – June 17, 1996
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Dan Miller
Succeeded by Moe Sihota
Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture of British Columbia
In office
June 17, 1996 – September 23, 1996
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Bill Barlee
Succeeded by Jan Pullinger
Minister of Children and Families of British Columbia
In office
September 23, 1996 – February 18, 1998
Premier Glen Clark
Succeeded by Lois Boone
Minister of Health of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
Premier Glen Clark, Dan Miller
Preceded by Joy MacPhail
Succeeded by Michael Farnworth
Minister Responsible for Seniors of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – August 25, 1999
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Joy MacPhail
Succeeded by Penny Priddy
Minister Responsible for Seniors of British Columbia
In office
August 25, 1999 – February 24, 2000
Premier Dan Miller
Preceded by Penny Priddy
Succeeded by Michael Farnworth
Minister of Education of British Columbia
In office
February 29, 2000 – November 1, 2000
Premier Ujjal Dosanjh
Preceded by Gordon Wilson
Succeeded by Joy MacPhail
Personal details
Born (1944-03-05) March 5, 1944
Toronto, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Robert Priddy
Residence Surrey, British Columbia
Profession Nurse

Penny Priddy (born March 5, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario) is a politician from British Columbia, Canada. Priddy is the only woman in Canadian history to be elected to school board, city council, a provincial legislature and the House of Commons.

Originally a nurse, she moved from Ontario to Surrey, British Columbia in 1981 where she worked as a nursing educator. After five years as a school trustee on Surrey's school board, she ran in the 1991 provincial election as a British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in Surrey-Newton, defeating Premier Rita Johnston to win the riding. She subsequently served in several cabinet posts including Women's Equality, Tourism and Culture, Health, Labour and Children and Families in the NDP governments of Mike Harcourt, Glen Clark and Ujjal Dosanjh.

In 1996, she was treated for breast cancer and made a full recovery.

She did not run in the 2001 British Columbia election, but returned to politics in 2002 when she was elected to Surrey City Council.

From 2006 to 2008, she was the federal NDP Member of Parliament for the riding of Surrey North, which was represented by independent Chuck Cadman until his death from cancer. Priddy had been friends with Cadman and his wife, Dona, for many years despite their sharp political differences. Dona Cadman later endorsed Priddy for the Surrey North seat, considered by some to be the deciding factor in her victory over Conservative candidate David Matta.

Priddy did not run in the 40th Canadian federal election.[1]

In 2001, Priddy was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Kwantlen University College for her service to the people of BC.

She is past co-chair of the Women's Campaign School and she is a member of the Canadian Women Voters Congress and Canadian Women of Municipal Government.


  1. ^ "NDP's Penny Priddy says she won't run again", Vancouver Sun, July 16, 2008.

External links

  • Legislative Assembly Profile
  • Penny Priddy – Parliament of Canada biography
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