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Geoffrey Kelley (born February 17, 1955 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, coach and teacher. He was a member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Jacques-Cartier in Montreal's West Island region from 1994 to 2018, representing the Quebec Liberal Party.

Geoffrey Kelley
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Jacques-Cartier
In office
September 12, 1994 – August 29, 2018
Preceded byNeil Cameron
Succeeded byGreg Kelley
Personal details
Born (1955-02-17) February 17, 1955 (age 64)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyQuebec Liberal Party
Spouse(s)Judy Harper
ProfessionPolitician, Teacher

Kelley went to the Université de Montréal to study French courses and then obtained a diploma at John Abbott College. He would later obtain a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in modern history of Canada at McGill University. He was then a teacher at Commission scolaire du Lakeshore and a lecturer at various institutions including John Abbott College, Collège Marie-Victorin and McGill University. He was also the political aide for several cabinet ministers including the Minister of Education (1990), the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Public Security (1990–1994) and was a chief of staff of the Deputy Premier and the President of the Treasury Board (1994).

Kelley jumped into politics when he was elected in 1994 in Jacques-Cartier and re-elected in 1998. He served as the Liberal critic in family policy and native affairs. After being re-elected in 2003, he was a backbencher until he was named Minister for Native Affairs in 2005. Despite being re-elected to a fourth term in the 2007 elections, he was not re-appointed to Jean Charest's cabinet. He became chair of the Social Affairs Commission. In 2011 he was re-appointed as Minister for Native Affairs.

He announced his retirement in 2018, and was succeeded by his son Greg Kelley in the 2018 election.

External linksEdit

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
Political offices
Preceded by
Benoit Pelletier
Delegate Minister for Indian Affairs
Succeeded by
Benoit Pelletier