Gary Keating

Gary Keating is a former Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 2014 provincial election.[1] He represented the electoral district of Saint John East as a member of the Liberal Party. He won the riding by just nine votes over Progressive Conservative MLA Glen Savoie,[2] the narrowest margin of victory in the entire province,[2] although his victory was ultimately confirmed by an automatic recount.[2]

Gary Keating
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Saint John East
In office
September 22, 2014  October 14, 2014
Preceded byGlen Savoie
Succeeded byGlen Savoie
Personal details
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceSaint John, New Brunswick
Occupationschool principal

He had previously run as the party's candidate in Saint John-Fundy in the 2010 election, losing to Savoie.

Just three weeks after the election, Keating resigned his seat on October 14, 2014, announcing that after some personal reflection he had decided that public political life was "not for him" as it would entail too much time away from his family,[3] and apologizing to the voters of Saint John East. Savoie won the resulting by-election.

Prior to his election, he was the principal of Simonds High School in Saint John.

Electoral record

2010 New Brunswick general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Progressive ConservativeGlen Savoie2,90852.02+14.17
LiberalGary Keating1,73431.02-24.44
New DemocraticLise Lennon59210.59+3.90
GreenMathew Ian Clark1853.31
People's AllianceGlenn McAllister1713.06
Total valid votes 5,590100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +19.30
2014 New Brunswick general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
LiberalGary Keating2,33237.02+3.96
Progressive ConservativeGlen Savoie2,32336.88-0.96
New DemocraticPhil Comeau1,16718.53-5.16
GreenSharon Murphy3535.60+0.20
People's AllianceJason Inness1241.97 
Total valid votes 6,299100.0  
Total rejected ballots 260.41
Turnout 6,32554.88
Eligible voters 11,526
Liberal notional gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +2.46
Voting results declared after judicial recount.
Source: Elections New Brunswick[4]


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