Stan Keyes

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Stan Keyes

MP for Hamilton West
In office
Preceded byPeter Peterson
Succeeded byRiding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1953-05-17) May 17, 1953 (age 67)
Hamilton, Ontario
Political partyLiberal

Stanley Kazmierczak Keyes, PC (born May 17, 1953 in Hamilton, Ontario)[1] is a Canadian diplomat and former politician.

Before politics[edit]

Before entering politics, Keyes was a television news reporter from 1973 to 1988. He covered local news in Hamilton, Ontario, Queen’s Park, Toronto and Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

Political career[edit]

Keyes was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 election as the Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament for Hamilton West. He was subsequently reelected in 1993, 1997 and 2000 elections. In 2003, he was appointed Minister of National Revenue, Minister of State (Sport), Minister Responsible for the Canada Post Corporation and Minister Responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint. Keyes served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport from February 1996 to July 1998.

During the 2004 election, he ran as the Liberal candidate for the redistributed riding of Hamilton Centre, but was defeated by the New Democratic Party candidate David Christopherson, a former provincial cabinet minister.

For two years between 2002 and 2004, Keyes was Chair of the National Liberal Caucus and Chair of the National Liberal Caucus Executive Committee. Previously, he served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport and Chair of the House of Commons Liaison Committee. From 1988 to 2003, Keyes was a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Standing Committee on Transport and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also led Government of Canada Task Forces on High Speed Rail, Airports, and the Canadian Sports System. His leadership on the Ports and Harbours Task Force earned him the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Port Person of the Year Award, the first Canadian to be so honoured.

On August 2, 2005, Keyes was appointed Canadian consul general to Boston. The Conservative government of Stephen Harper replaced Keyes as Canada's representative in Boston on July 13, 2006, with Neil LeBlanc, a former Nova Scotia Tory finance minister and leadership candidate.

After politics[edit]

On October 16, 2006, Keyes became the new President of the Canadian Payday Loan Association. He retired on April 17, 2016.

In November 2015, the Province of Ontario appointed Keyes to the Hamilton Port Authority Board of Directors.

In January 2017, Keyes was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

Personal life[edit]

Keyes is married to Catherine. They have two daughters, Caitlin and Hillary.

Electoral record[edit]

1988 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Stan Keyes 16,598
Progressive Conservative Peter Peterson 14,851
New Democratic Lesley Russell 11,194
Christian Heritage Barry Mombourquette 935
Independent Walter A. Tucker 179
Communist Bill Thompson 103
1993 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Stan Keyes 22,592 58.65 $38,319
Reform George G. Mills 5,857 15.21 $30,042
Progressive Conservative Peter Peterson 5,789 15.03 $34,188
New Democratic Denise Giroux 3,143 8.16 $27,417
National Owen Morgan 606 1.57 $1,152
Natural Law Rita Rassenberg 396 1.03 $199
Independent Elaine Couto 134 0.35 $244
Total valid votes 38,517 100.00
Total rejected ballots 417
Turnout 38,934 58.42
Electors on the lists 66,640
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.
1997 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Stan Keyes 20,951
New Democratic Andrea Horwath 7,648
Progressive Conservative John Findlay 6,510
Reform Ken Griffith 6,285
Natural Law Brian Rickard 323
Marxist–Leninist Wendell Fields 170
2000 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Stan Keyes 21,273
Alliance Leon O'Connor 7,293
New Democratic Catherine Hudson 5,300
Progressive Conservative Ron Blackie 5,024
Green Hamish Jamie Campbell 616
Marijuana Danielle Keir 437
Not affiliated Stephen Downey 163
Natural Law Rita Rassenberg 94
Communist Mike Mirza 91
Marxist–Leninist Wendell Fields 61


  1. ^ "CBC Canada Votes 2004: Stan Keyes". CBC News. Retrieved 2007-01-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Elinor Caplan Minister of National Revenue
John McCallum
  Minister of State (Sport)
Stephen Owen
Other offices
Preceded by
Peter Peterson
Member of Parliament for Hamilton West
Succeeded by
riding abolished