Keith Ashfield

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The Honourable
Keith Ashfield
PC, MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Fredericton
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 14, 2008
Preceded by Andy Scott
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for New Maryland
In office
June 7, 1999 – September 18, 2006
Preceded by Joan Kingston
Succeeded by riding abolished
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for New Maryland-Sunbury West
In office
September 18, 2006 – September 8, 2008
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Jack Carr
Personal details
Born (1952-03-28) March 28, 1952 (age 62)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative
Residence Lincoln, New Brunswick

Keith Ashfield, PC, MP (born March 28, 1952) is a Canadian politician. He is the MP for the electoral district of Fredericton, and was appointed Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) in the Cabinet of Canada afterwards. In a cabinet shuffle on January 19, 2010, while retaining that portfolio, he was also appointed Minister of National Revenue and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway.[1] He was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on May 18, 2011.

In June 2013, he announced he had been diagnosed with cancer and would step down from cabinet at the next shuffle, which is expected to take place in July 2013.

Early life[edit]

The son of Jack Ashfield and Nora Locke, he studied Business at the University of New Brunswick for two years.[2]

Political career[edit]

Ashfield was a school trustee for a number of years and was first a candidate for the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 1991 election. A Progressive Conservative, Ashfield placed third with Confederation of Regions candidate Max White being victorious.

Ashfield was again a candidate in 1999 and was successful, defeating cabinet minister Joan Kingston in the riding of New Maryland. He was named deputy speaker of the Legislature.

Ashfield faced Kingston again in 2003 and won again though by a closer margin. He was sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources & Energy on June 27, 2003.

He was elected to a third term in 2006 in the redistributed district of New Maryland-Sunbury West, however he left the cabinet as his party formed the opposition following the election. On November 7, 2007, he won the nomination to be the candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada in Fredericton for the next federal election.[3] When the election was called, he resigned his provincial seat.[4] He was elected in the 2008 federal election and re-elected in the 2011 federal election.

Ashfield co-chaired the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) in Victoria, British Columbia. Ministers discussed a range of issues such as aquaculture, aquatic invasive species, and protecting Canada's fisheries.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2013, Ashfield announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who went where in Harper's cabinet shuffle", The Globe and Mail, 19 January 2010, retrieved 19 January 2010 
  2. ^ "Biographies of Members". Government of New Brunswick. 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  3. ^ "MLA wins federal Tory nomination in Fredericton". CBC News. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "MLA resigns to represent Conservatives in federal election". CBC News. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers Continue to Work Together to Protect Canada's Fisheries". US Politics Today. US Politics Today. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield has cancer". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet Posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Gail Shea Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
2011-present
Incumbent
Jean-Pierre Blackburn Minister of National Revenue
2010-2011
Gail Shea
Peter MacKay Minister of the Atlantic Gateway
2010-present
Incumbent
Peter MacKay Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
2008-2011
Bernard Valcourt
Provincial Government of Bernard Lord
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jeannot Volpé Minister of Natural Resources & Energy
2003-2006
Donald Arseneault