Stan Keyes

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

Stan Keyes

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

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.

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

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.

On October 16, 2006, Keyes became the new President of the Canadian Payday Loan Association and 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.

Electoral record

1988 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes
LiberalStan Keyes16,598
Progressive ConservativePeter Peterson14,851
New DemocraticLesley Russell11,194
Christian HeritageBarry Mombourquette935
IndependentWalter A. Tucker179
CommunistBill Thompson103
1993 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes%Expenditures
LiberalStan Keyes22,59258.65$38,319
ReformGeorge G. Mills5,85715.21$30,042
Progressive ConservativePeter Peterson5,78915.03$34,188
New DemocraticDenise Giroux3,1438.16$27,417
NationalOwen Morgan6061.57$1,152
Natural LawRita Rassenberg3961.03$199
IndependentElaine Couto1340.35$244
Total valid votes 38,517100.00
Total rejected ballots 417
Turnout 38,93458.42
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
LiberalStan Keyes20,951
New DemocraticAndrea Horwath7,648
Progressive ConservativeJohn Findlay6,510
ReformKen Griffith6,285
Natural LawBrian Rickard323
Marxist–LeninistWendell Fields170
2000 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West
Party Candidate Votes
LiberalStan Keyes21,273
AllianceLeon O'Connor7,293
New DemocraticCatherine Hudson5,300
Progressive ConservativeRon Blackie5,024
GreenHamish Jamie Campbell616
MarijuanaDanielle Keir437
Not affiliatedStephen Downey163
Natural LawRita Rassenberg94
CommunistMike Mirza91
Marxist–LeninistWendell Fields61


  1. "CBC Canada Votes 2004: Stan Keyes". CBC News. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
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
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