Trinidad-born Dr. Hedy Fry, Canada’s longest-serving female Member of Parliament, has been re-elected for yet another term.
The Liberal MP has now won nine consecutive mandates dating back to 1993 when she was first elected to Parliament for Vancouver Centre, defeating incumbent Conservative Prime Minster Kim Campbell.
Dr. Fry who hails from the city of San Fernando in South Trinidad , became the first rookie in Canada to defeat a sitting Prime Minister.
Following her election in 1993, Dr. Fry was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. From 1996 to 2002, she was in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet as Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Status of Women, where she focused on social policy, arts and culture, women’s equality, the environment, homelessness, same-sex benefits, and equal marriage.
After migrating to Canada, Dr. Fry, a family physician, worked at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for 20 years.
She is a former president of the Vancouver Medical Association, the British Columbia Medical Association and the Federation of Medical Women.
The Liberals won 157 seats in Monday’s federal elections.
The Conservatives picked up 121 seats and the NDP, 24.