Keith Ashfield, PC, MP (born March 28, 1952) is a Canadian politician. He is the MP for the electoral district of Fredericton, and was appointed Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) in the Cabinet of Canada afterwards. In a cabinet shuffle on January 19, 2010, while retaining that portfolio, he was also appointed Minister of National Revenue and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway. He was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on May 18, 2011.
Ashfield was a school trustee for a number of years and was first a candidate for the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 1991 election. A Progressive Conservative, Ashfield placed third with Confederation of Regions candidate Max White being victorious.
Ashfield was again a candidate in 1999 and was successful, defeating cabinet minister Joan Kingston in the riding of New Maryland. He was named deputy speaker of the Legislature.
Ashfield faced Kingston again in 2003 and won again though by a closer margin. He was sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources & Energy on June 27, 2003.
He was elected to a third term in 2006 in the redistributed district of New Maryland-Sunbury West, however he left the cabinet as his party formed the opposition following the election. On November 7, 2007, he won the nomination to be the candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada in Fredericton for the next federal election. When the election was called, he resigned his provincial seat.
Ashfield co-chaired the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) in Victoria, British Columbia. Ministers discussed a range of issues such as aquaculture, aquatic invasive species, and protecting Canada's fisheries.
April 5, 2012