Sean Casey (Canadian politician)

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Sean Casey
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Assumed office
January 30, 2017
Minister Mélanie Joly
Preceded by Randy Boissonnault
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice
In office
December 2, 2015 – January 27, 2017
Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould
Preceded by Bob Dechert
Robert Goguen
Succeeded by Marco Mendicino
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Charlottetown
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded by Shawn Murphy
Personal details
Born (1963-05-16) May 16, 1963 (age 54)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Kathleen Casey
Residence Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater St. Francis Xavier University
Dalhousie University
Profession Attorney

Sean J. Casey, MP QC,[1] (born May 16, 1963) is a Canadian politician from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Casey was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 federal election as the Liberal Member of Parliament from the riding of Charlottetown. Casey previously served as the president of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party, and is married to Kathleen Casey, a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island.

Early career[edit]

Casey was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and educated at St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie Law School. He joined the firm Stewart McKelvey in 1989 (which also included Shawn Murphy, the man he would subsequently replace as MP for Charlottetown), and was made a partner in 1993. From 2003 to 2008 he was president of the Paderno Group of Companies, before returning to Stewart McKelvey as the firm's managing partner, until his resignation to run for office in 2011. From 2009 to 2010, he served as the president of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also active as a volunteer in both soccer and minor hockey.[2]


Casey's first prominent role in politics came when he served as President of the PEI Liberal Party from 2003 to 2007.[3] He did not reoffer as President after completing his term in 2007, after the party's victory in the 2007 election, stating that with their forming the government after nearly eleven years in opposition, he had accomplished what he had set out to. That same election saw his wife Kathleen elected as an MLA for Charlottetown-Lewis Point, and she subsequently became Speaker of the Legislature.[4]

When four-term incumbent Shawn Murphy announced his intention not to run in the next election, Casey announced his candidacy.[5] He was unopposed for the nomination, and won the general election with nearly 40% of the vote.[6] Casey was one of only two new Liberal MPs elected in the 2011 election (the other being Ted Hsu in Kingston and the Islands).[7]

Casey served as the Liberal Party's Justice critic during the 41st Parliament.[8] He was reelected to a second term in the 2015 election.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Charlottetown
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Sean Casey 11,910 56.27 +16.79
New Democratic Joe Byrne 4,897 23.14 –1.94
Conservative Ron MacMillan 3,136 14.82 –17.89
Green Becka Viau 1,222 5.77 +3.51
Total valid votes/Expense limit 21,165 100.0     $168,485.89
Total rejected ballots 99 0.47 –0.14
Turnout 21,264 76.24 +6.14
Eligible voters 27,891
Liberal hold Swing +9.36
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Charlottetown
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Sean Casey 7,292 39.48 -10.58 $61,465.09
Conservative Donna Profit 6,040 32.71 +0.60 $48,556.35
New Democratic Joe Byrne 4,632 25.08 +12.77 $45,026.11
Green Eliza Knockwood 417 2.26 -2.57 $2,301.92
Christian Heritage Baird Judson 87 0.47 -0.23 $3,159.86
Total valid votes/Expense limit 18,468 100.0   $69,664.10
Total rejected ballots 113 0.61 -0.16
Turnout 18,581 70.10 +3.96
Eligible voters 26,507
Liberal hold Swing -5.59


  1. ^ "CASEY, Sean, Q.C., B.B.A., LL.B.". Parlinfo. Library of Parliament. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sean Casey Biography". Liberal Party of Canada. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Thibodeau, Wayne (24 February 2011). "Casey's name goes on ballot for Liberals in Charlottetown". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Thibodeau, Wayne (6 July 2007). "Casey part of P.E.I. tradition". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Thibodeau, Wayne. "Casey to do battle in Charlottetown". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official Voting Results/Forty First General Election 2011 - Charlottetown". Elections Canada. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Ibbitson, John. "Physicist, financial consultant, green advocate, father – and new Liberal MP". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sean Casey Biography". Liberal Party of Canada. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Charlottetown (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  11. ^ Elections Canada – Official voting results, Forty-first general election, 2011
  12. ^ Elections Canada – Candidate's electoral campaign return, 41st general election

External links[edit]

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Shawn Murphy
Member of Parliament
for Charlottetown