Meet Stockwell

Born in Barrie, Ontario, Stockwell traveled frequently with his family in his youth and had the opportunity to live in and experience many different places across Canada.

Stockwell Day draws upon 25 years of experience developing public policy and procedures at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.

Mr. Day has served as a community leader, a Member of the Alberta Legislature, a Member of Parliament, a high profile provincial and federal cabinet minister, and  Canada’s Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition.

In every stage of his career, Stockwell Day always seeks to represent the values and principles that were instilled in him from his parents and his community.

After studying at the University of Victoria, he worked passionately for over a decade as a community leader and educator before deciding that he would seek election to Alberta’s legislature.

In 1986, Mr. Day was elected as the MLA for the riding of Red Deer-North, and later served in Alberta’s cabinet in 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.

As Alberta’s Minister of Labour, Mr. Day was credited with working with all of the province’s public service unions to achieve an unprecedented 5% voluntary reduction in their collective agreements. Alberta also had the lowest number of days lost due to labour disputes of any province.

As Alberta’s Treasurer, Mr. Day paid down of province’s debt while cutting taxes, instituting a flat tax rate in 1999.

In 2000, Mr. Day entered the federal arena, and ran successfully for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance, the fore-runner for the Conservative Party of Canada.

When the Conservatives took power in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Mr. Day as Minister of Public Safety and member of the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning.  Mr. Day later served as Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Regional Minister for British Columbia, advancing the economic and trade interests of BC. He was also appointed Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan. In 2010 Stockwell Day was appointed President of the Treasury Board.

Since retiring from elected office, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada appointed Mr. Day as a Distinguished Fellow. Mr. Day also joined Canadian law firm McMillan LLP as a senior strategic advisor. Mr. Day also currently holds a position on the board of directors of TELUS, and the Canada China Business Council. Mr. Day also previously served on the boards of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs as well as on the board of directors of the Canada-India Business Council.

In 2018, Mr. Day 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, or civil society.

Mr. Day continues to appear on occasion as a political panelist on CBC News Network‘s Power & Politics.

He currently resides in Vancouver with his wife Valorie. They have 3 children and 14 grandchildren.