Keith Wayne Milligan (born February 8, 1950) is a Canadian politician who was the 29th premier of Prince Edward Island, serving for seven weeks in the autumn of 1996. He was educated at Inverness District School, O'Leary Regional High School and the University of PEI, where he obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. He is married to the former Deborah Foley and they reside in Tyne Valley. They have three children - Charles Christian (Jolene), Olivia (Shawn) and Dustin.
|29th Premier of Prince Edward Island|
October 9, 1996 – November 27, 1996
|Lieutenant Governor||Gilbert Clements|
|Preceded by||Catherine Callbeck|
|Succeeded by||Pat Binns|
|Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party|
October 5, 1996 – March 5, 1999
|Preceded by||Catherine Callbeck|
|Succeeded by||Wayne Carew|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island|
for Cascumpec-Grand River
(2nd Prince; 1981–1996)
February 2, 1981 – April 17, 2000
|Preceded by||George Henderson (1980)|
|Succeeded by||Philip Brown|
Keith Wayne Milligan
February 8, 1950
Inverness, Prince Edward Island, Canada
|Residence(s)||Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada|
|Alma mater||University of PEI|
Provincial politics edit
He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of PEI in a by-election on February 2, 1981, and was re-elected in the general elections of 1982, 1986, 1989, 1993 and 1996. He served as interim Leader of the Opposition and Critic for Education. In 1986 he was appointed Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Hospital and Health Services Commission. In 1989, Milligan was appointed Minister of Agriculture. In 1993 he was appointed Minister of Education and Human Resources and in 1994 he was appointed Minister of Transportation and Public Works.
Brief tenure as Premier edit
In October 1996, he was chosen leader of the governing Liberal party and became Premier, following Catherine Callbeck's resignation. Milligan's Liberals lost the following November provincial election to Pat Binns' Progressive Conservatives.
Federal politics edit
Having announced he would be seeking the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Egmont, on November 3, 2007, at the nominating Liberal convention, he lost the nomination to Robert Morrissey. When Morrissey stepped down, however, Milligan was acclaimed as the new candidate on September 5, 2008. He lost to Conservative candidate, Gail Shea in the 2008 election, in one of the narrowest results in the country. A requested recount did not affect the result, and Milligan conceded.
Since 2008 edit
Milligan is a former elk farmer and silver fox rancher. He has previously been employed as a teacher with the Unit 1 School board and Regional Director of the West Prince Services Centre. He has been vice-president of the Tyne Valley Community Oyster Festival, a member of the West Prince Community Advisory Board, the Canadian National Fur Breeders' Association, the PEI Fur Breeders' Association, the Tyne Valley Fireman's Club and the Tyne Valley Community Sports Centre.
Electoral record edit
|2008 Canadian federal election: Egmont|
|New Democratic||Orville Lewis||1,670||9.05||-0.50||$2,245.18|
|Total valid votes/expense limit||18,461||100.0||$67,686|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||115||0.62||+0.01|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+11.26|
- "Oath taken, Ghiz names PEI Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1986.
- "Ghiz drops three, ushers in four". The Globe and Mail. June 7, 1989.
- "Milligan chosen leader of PEI Liberal Party". The Globe and Mail. October 7, 1996.
- "Tories triumph in PEI election". The Globe and Mail. November 19, 1996.
- "Milligan to seek Liberal nod in Egmont". CBC News. March 12, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Morrissey looking forward to the campaign". The Journal Pioneer. November 3, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Battle of Egmont looms". The Guardian. September 6, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Judicial recount to be held in P.E.I. riding of Egmont". CBC News. October 18, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Gail Shea finally free to go to Ottawa". The Guardian. October 24, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2015.