Geoffrey Kelley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from McGill University (1981) and a Master’s degree in Modern Canadian History, also from McGill University (1985). Married to Judith Harper, Mr Kelley is the father of five children and grandfather of two.
Before entering public life, Mr. Kelley served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board, Ms. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay. Prior to that position, he was legislative assistant to Mr. Claude Ryan when the latter was Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science and Minister responsible for the Charter of the French Language, and also when Mr. Ryan was Minister of Municipal Affairs and Public Security.
Mr. Kelley was first elected on September 12, 1994 as the Member of the National Assembly for the riding of Jacques-Cartier. He was subsequently re-elected in general elections in 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012. Mr. Kelley is proud that on April 7, 2014, the voters of his riding gave him a seventh consecutive mandate to represent them in Quebec City. In the National Assembly, he represents the residents of five municipalities – Baie-d’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Senneville.
From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Kelley served as Official Opposition critic in a number of key portfolios, including Native Affairs, Northern Quebec, and Family. He also chaired the National Assembly’s Public Administration Committee from 1999-2003. After the 2003 general election, he chaired the Education Committee until his appointment to Cabinet on February 18, 2005. Mr. Kelley served as Minister for Native Affairs until April 18, 2007.
As the Chair of the Social Affairs Committee (from May 25, 2007 to November 5, 2008), Mr. Kelley presided over the public hearings on the issue of homelessness; the Committee released a report on this social problem in June 2008, which was entitled “Le phénomène de l’itinérance au Québec”. Mr. Kelley also chaired (at the request of the then Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. Claude Béchard) a task force on animal welfare. He released his report on this matter, “Vers un veritable réseau pour le bien-être des animaux de compagnie » on October 7, 2009. Finally, as Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee (from September 15, 2009 to February 3, 2011), Mr. Kelley presided over the public hearings of the Special Committee on the Question of Dying with Dignity, which released its report, “Pour une bonification des soins palliatifs et une option de plus pour des cas de souffrances exceptionnelles”, on March 22, 2012. On February 3, 2011, Mr. Kelley was re-appointed to Cabinet, as Minister for Native Affairs, a position he held until September 19, 2012.
Between October 2012 and April 2014, has was Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus and Official Opposition critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Relations with the English-speaking community.
When not working, he can be found reading, cycling around his riding, or playing the outfield in the Beaconsfield Slo-Pitch League.