Stanley McKeen

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Stanley Stewart McKeen (March 18, 1897 – December 1, 1966) was a British Columbia businessman and politician.

McKeen was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He founded the family's tugboat business, Straits Towing Limited, and was also chairman of Union Steamships. He also sat on the boards of directors of B.C. Forest Products Ltd, Burrard Dry Dock Ltd. and Decks-McBride Ltd.[1]

Political career[edit]

McKeen was elected to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in the 1933 provincial election as a Liberal MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey but was defeated in the 1937 election. McKeen also helped found the Non-Partisan Association, a centre-right municipal political party in Vancouver, British Columbia which has largely dominated civic politics since the late 1930s.[2]

During World War II he was active helping the government raise money for the war effort and was appointed to the Canadian Senate as a Liberal in 1947 by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. McKeen sat in the upper house until his death at the age of 69.[1]

McKeen also served as president of the Vancouver Board of Trade in 1943.[3]

His son, George McKeen, was a prominent Vancouver businessman in his own right.[2]


  1. ^ a b "S.S. McKeen - Liberal senator raised money for war effort", Globe and Mail, December 3, 1966
  2. ^ a b Vancouver Ltd., Volume 33 by Donald Gutstein, page 131, (1975).
  3. ^ History of Vancouver

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