|Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island|
September 21, 1968 – February 2, 1973
|Preceded by||Walter Shaw|
|Succeeded by||Melvin McQuaid|
|Mayor of Summerside, Prince Edward Island|
1965 – November 28, 1968
|Succeeded by||Ross MacKenzie|
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
|Died||July 3, 2005|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island|
George Key, Jr. (1930/31 ��� July 3, 2005) was a Canadian politician, who was the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island from 1968 to 1973.
Born and raised in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, he was the son of George Key, Sr., a prominent local businessman for whom the city's annual "Citizen of the Year" award is named. He served for three years on Summerside's municipal council before becoming the city's mayor in 1965.
He won the leadership at the party's leadership election on September 21, 1968, while sitting as mayor of Summerside. He stepped down as mayor on November 28 after winning the party leadership, just weeks after being reelected to his second term as mayor. As he did not hold a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, his predecessor Walter Shaw continued to serve as Leader of the Opposition.
Key led the party into the 1970 election, in which the party won just five seats. Key himself was not elected to the legislature; as the party's assemblyman candidate in the electoral district of 2nd Prince, he lost by a margin of just eight votes to Joshua MacArthur, even as his co-candidate George Dewar won the district's council seat. MacArthur's victory was subsequently confirmed on a judicial recount. Since Key continued not to hold a seat in the legislature and Shaw had not stood for reelection in 1970, Dewar became the new leader of the opposition.
He died on July 3, 2005.
- "George Key remembered as man of highest citizenship standards". Charlottetown Guardian, July 5, 2005.
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- "Summerside mayor elected P.E.I. PC chief". Montreal Gazette, September 23, 1968.
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- James K. McDonell and Robert Bennett Campbell, Lords of the North. General Store Publishing, 1997. ISBN 978-1896182711. p. 276.
- "Big Grit Win (Pt. 2)". Ottawa Journal. May 12, 1970. p. 25. Retrieved March 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "PEI recount confirms loss by Tory leader". The Globe and Mail, May 28, 1970.
- "Former MP Acclaimed New PC Leader in PEI". Ottawa Journal. February 5, 1971. p. 25. Retrieved March 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.