Stockwell Day was born in Barrie, Ontario on August 16, 1950. He spent his early years in the Maritimes and his high school years in Ottawa and Montreal. Stockwell has lived in most other regions of our nation including the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, the Arctic and Alberta. He attended the University of Victoria. He met and married his wife Val in Victoria. They raised their family in Alberta.
Stockwell has a strong background in business, community service and government. He has also worked in a leadership role with young people as a counsellor and administrator at an independent school.
From 1986 to 2000, Stockwell represented Red Deer North – one of Canada’s fastest growing cities – in the Alberta Legislature, where he served the Progressive Conservative government in a variety of senior roles including Chief Whip, Government House Leader, Minister of Labour, Minister of Social Services, and, from 1997 to 2000, as Provincial Treasurer (Minister of Finance). Working with Premier Ralph Klein and others, he has an impressive record of achievement in common-sense reforms to government, including:
· As Chairman of the Premier’s Council on the Family, he developed Canada’s Family Policy Grid, which measures the impact on families of all government programs an legislation.
· Reforming the Workers Compensation Board by moving it out of government and eliminating its $600 million unfounded liability, while increasing worker benefits and cutting employer premiums.
· Reducing the Labour Ministry’s budget by 40% and privatizing many of its operations.
· Continuing the implementation of Alberta’s dramatic welfare reforms,
which moved tens of thousands of able-bodied welfare recipients into the job market.
· Implementation of the Debt Elimination Act and introduction of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, making the Alberta Government the first in Canada to eliminate its net debt, and resulting in an increase in Alberta’s tax rating;
· Introduction of Canada’s only Single Rate Tax, which cut taxes for every Alberta, removed low-income earners from the tax rolls altogether, equalized tax treatment for single-income families, and ended bracket creep.
Stockwell Day is identified as one of Canada’s leading voices in advocating for democratic reform, long-term economic opportunity for all Canadians and constitutional respect for federal-provincial relations as a unifying force in our nation.
On July 8, 2000, Stockwell Day made political history by being elected as the first Leader of the Canadian Alliance. In September 2000, he won over 70% of the vote in a by-election held in the federal constituency of Okanagan-Coquihalla. Mr. Day was officially sworn in as a Member of Parliament on September 19th, 2000 becoming the Leader of her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the House of Commons. In the 2000 national election campaign, Mr. Day’s team increased the Canadian Alliance’s results in every region of the country. The Canadian Alliance increased its seat count to 66 members from 58, saw its popular vote rise by over 1 million votes, elected two new MPs in Ontario and placed second in over 80 ridings in Ontario.
In December 2001, Stockwell Day resigned as Leader of the Opposition. In April 2002, Stockwell was appointed Senior Foreign Affairs Critic.
Stockwell is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Rotary Club. He and his wife, Valorie have three sons and seven grandchildren.