After studying at the University of Victoria, Mr. Day was elected as the MLA for the riding of Red Deer-North in 1986. He later served in Alberta’s Cabinet, holding a variety of senior roles including: Chief Whip, Government House Leader, Minister of Labour and Minister of Social Services. From 1997 to 2000, he was Alberta’s Provincial Treasurer (Minister of Finance) and Acting Premier.
In 2000, Mr. Day entered federal politics, running successfully for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance (now part of the Conservative Party of Canada).
Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Stockwell was appointed Minister of Public Safety, where he was responsible for the national police force, federal prisons, border security, and security intelligence.
He went on to serve as Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Regional Minister for British Columbia, where he advanced economic and trade interests for the province. He was also appointed Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan, and in 2010 was made President of the Treasury Board.
Since retiring from elected office, Stockwell Day has been honoured as a Distinguished Fellow by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He also joined the Canadian law firm McMillan LLP as a senior strategic advisor. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of TELUS and the Canada China Business Council.
In 2018, Stockwell was named as a 40th Anniversary Honouree by the Canada China Business Council, an award for individuals who have made significant contributions to Canada-China relations and economic engagement through their work in business, government, academia, and civil society.
He currently appears weekly on CBC News Network‘s Power & Politics and is a regular commentator in national and international media.
Stockwell currently resides in British Columbia with his wife Valorie. They have 3 children and 14 grandchildren. He enjoys ocean kayaking and marathon running.