Catherine Clark spoke to Joyce Murray about her life Beyond Politics. Ms. Murray is one of a handful of MPs born on the African continent. Born to an American mother who fell in love with a South African surveyor, Ms. Murray’s first 7 years were spent in South Africa before the family emigrated to Canada.
Ms. Murray attended Simon Fraser University where she studied archaeology and a decision to opt for a summer job planting trees instead of going on a dig led to her meeting her future husband, Dirk Brinkman, and a life-long partnership in the tree planting business. Brinkman’s Reforestation Ltd now operates across Canada and the United States and six other countries.
In 2001 Ms. Murray entered provincial politics becoming the first Liberal elected in New Westminster in 49 years. She was awarded with a cabinet position and served under British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell until 2004. Two years later, Ms. Murray tried to win a seat federally but was rebuffed but not discouraged. In 2008, she ran in a by-election in Vancouver Quadra and won. In 2012, Ms. Murray was a candidate for the liberal leadership and surprised many with her second place finish.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.