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Gerald Keddy

Gerald Keddy
Member of Parliament
for South Shore (1997-2004)
South Shore—St. Margaret's (2004-2015)
In office
June 2, 1997 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Derek Wells
Succeeded by Bernadette Jordan
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Fisheries & Oceans
In office
May 9, 2006 – November 13, 2007
Minister Loyola Hearn
Preceded by Tom Wappel
Succeeded by Fabian Manning
Personal details
Born Gerald Gordon Keddy
(1953-02-15) February 15, 1953
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s) Judy Streatch
Residence New Ross
Profession offshore drill operator
Christmas tree producer

Gerald Gordon Keddy (born February 15, 1953) is a Canadian politician. Keddy is a former Christmas tree grower, and offshore drill operator and was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015, first sitting with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and latterly with its successor the Conservative Party of Canada. His wife, Judy Streatch, is a former Nova Scotia MLA and cabinet minister.


  • Life and political career 1
  • Same sex marriage 2
  • Lighthouses 3
  • Government Cheques with Conservative Party ethics probe 4
  • November 2009 "no-good bastards" comment 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Life and political career

Keddy was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Acadia University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He is a current member of the Conservative Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of South Shore from 1997 to 2004, and South Shore—St. Margaret's since 2004. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party before 2004. He served as the Whip and the Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party, and as critic of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Natural Resources, Fisheries and Oceans, Public Accounts, Parliamentary Affairs, and Library of Parliament.

As a member of Stephen Harper's caucus, he served as the Chairman of the Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. On October 10, 2007, Keddy was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and has subsequently also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and to the Minister of National Revenue.[1] He also served as a school board trustee in New Ross, Nova Scotia.

Keddy did not stand for re-election in 2015 and retired from parliament.

Same sex marriage

He was one of only a handful of Conservative MPs to support same-sex marriage. His stance on this issue cost him votes in the western portion of his riding in the Canadian federal election, 2006, including some to Christian Heritage Party candidate Jim Hnatiuk who ran specifically to protest Keddy's stance on this issue. However, an evenly split opposition (Liberal and New Democrat rivals came within 60 votes of each other) and rising Green Party also split his opposition's vote.


Keddy's riding included many historic lighthouses and is in fact known as the "Lighthouse Route". In 2006, he sponsored in the House of Commons a bill which had emerged from the Senate, the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, until Parliament was prorogued in 2007. Keddy supported the Act when it was re-introduced by MP Larry Miller in 2008, which led to Royal Assent on May 29, 2008.[2]

Government Cheques with Conservative Party ethics probe

In 2009, Keddy used a ceremonial cheque at a funding announcement which contained a large Conservative party logo and was in the blue colour scheme associated with the party. Usually such cheques carry the Government of Canada logo.[3] The use of the partisan cheque was found to be "inappropriate" but not "illegal" by the Ethics Commissioner [4]

November 2009 "no-good bastards" comment

On November 23, 2009, Keddy sparked a controversy when he was discussing the use of immigrant labour in the industry when he remarked that "Nova Scotians won’t do it — all those no-good bastards sitting on the sidewalk in Halifax that can’t get work." Keddy subsequently apologized for the remark the following day[5] , saying that "many of these people are struggling with mental health issues and addictions. They don’t need to be insulted. They need a little bit of assistance," [6]


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  5. ^ Tory MP sorry for calling unemployed 'no-good bastards' News Staff
  6. ^ Tory MP apologizes for calling unemployed citizens 'no-good bastards' National post

External links

  • Gerald Keddy – Parliament of Canada biography
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