MP Gerald Keddy won't seek re-election in 2015

Greg Bennett, The Advance
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Ending 17-year political career

First elected in 1997, veteran Conservative MP Gerald Keddy will not seek re-election in his south shore riding next year.

First elected in 1997, veteran Conservative MP Gerald Keddy will not seek re-election in his south shore riding next year.

BRIDGEWATER – Gerald Keddy, MP for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2015.

"I have been extremely honoured and proud to serve the people of South Shore – St. Margaret’s for the last 17 years,” says Keddy.

The Conservative MP will serve out the remainder of his term and says he is dedicated to serving his constituents until October 2015.

First elected in June 1997, Keddy has continually represented South Shore – St. Margaret’s, a riding encompassing four counties with a total population of 82,855.

During his tenure Keddy held many portfolios including Party Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party while serving in Opposition. In Government, he was named Chair of the House of Commons Fisheries Committee, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and for the Atlantic Gateway. He currently holds the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“In every job, there is a right time to move on. For me, that time has come,” says Keddy. “This decision has not been an easy one and I am extremely grateful to my family, my incredible staff and volunteers and my constituents for their loyalty and constant support. I would also like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his leadership and support.”

During his political career, Keddy focused his efforts on transportation issues, economic issues, community funding, and infrastructure.

He said he was pleased to have helped in securing funds for Queens Place in Liverpool, the Lunenburg County Lifestyles Centre in Bridgewater, Ross Farm’s Learning Centre in New Ross, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown, the creation of a business hub and innovation centre in Caledonia and funding for many community halls and legions throughout the riding.

Keddy also played a key role in securing federal infrastructure funds for the Port Mouton Highway 103 Bypass as well as funding for municipal water and wastewater projects and significant funding for improved wharf facilities for the fishing industry. 

 “I’m extremely proud of the work I’ve done for my constituents and for Nova Scotia,” says Keddy. “I’m also proud of the accomplishments achieved by our Conservative Government.” 

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Organizations: Conservative MP, Party Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party, House of Commons Fisheries Committee International Trade Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Lunenburg County Lifestyles Centre Learning Centre

Geographic location: South Shore, Liverpool, New Ross Birchtown Caledonia Port Mouton Highway Nova Scotia

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