Ray Skelly

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Ray Skelly
Member of the Canadian Parliament
In office
Succeeded by John Duncan
Constituency Comox—Powell River (1979–88)
North Island—Powell River (1988–93)
Personal details
Born (1941-07-01) July 1, 1941 (age 75)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party New Democratic Party
Profession Teacher

Raymond John "Ray" Skelly (born July 1, 1941) is a former Canadian politician.

A teacher by profession, Skelly was first elected as the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Comox—Powell River in the 1979 federal election. He served for fourteen years until being defeated in the 1993 federal election in the renamed riding of North Island--Powell River. This defeat was partly in response to the electorate's dissatisfaction with the provincial government led by New Democratic Party Premier Mike Harcourt. As a result, 15 of 17 incumbent New Democratic Party parliamentarians failed in their re-election bids in 1993.[1]

During his time in Parliament, Ray served as critic on a number of portfolios of particular concern to his constituents including Western economic development, fisheries, and mines & energy. He attempted a comeback in the 2000 federal election in Cariboo—Chilcotin but was defeated. He is the brother of fellow politician Bob Skelly. In the 1988 election, Ray and Bob pulled off a rare feat with both elected to the 34th Parliament and are currently the last siblings to have had the privilege to serve in Parliament together.[2]


  1. ^ "The Tyee — Charting the Vote for Incumbents". thetyee.ca. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  2. ^ "NDP brothers in Quebec hoping for a sibling sweep". Retrieved 2016-07-17.