Kelechi (Kaycee) Madu is a Nigerian-born Canadian politician who was elected in the 2019 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton-South West.
On 30 April 2019, Madu was appointed to the Executive Council of Alberta as the Minister of Municipal Affairs and held that role until August 25, 2020, when he was appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
Kelechi (Kaycee) Madu was born and raised in the Southeastern part of Nigeria. He attended the University of Lagos and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) Honours degree. He was subsequently called to the Bar in Nigeria. In 2005, he and his wife migrated to Canada for his wife’s postgraduate studies at the University of Alberta.
Premier Jason Kenney on Tuesday elevated Madu to the justice portfolio from Municipal Affairs in a cabinet shuffle that saw Calgary-Elbow MLA Doug Schweitzer move from justice to an economic portfolio.
Kenney said the appointment of Madu makes a powerful statement at a time when Albertans have grown more sensitive to racial prejudice.
“[Madu] is a man who has experienced racial prejudice firsthand and can bring that sensitivity to this important role,” Kenney said. “I’m excited to have him in that position.”
The premier said Madu is the first Black Canadian to occupy either provincial or federal justice positions of the justice minister, attorney general or solicitor general. “What matters is effective Black people that are educated, that have integrity, that also have an education background, are the ones that are occupying the space.”
Mr. Madu made a state via twitter saying “Thank you, everyone, for all the well wishes. I am beyond humbled to accept my new role as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General – where I will pursue fairness, equality, and justice for all with every ounce of strength I have”.
Kaycee is a principled consistent conservative who believes in fundamental freedoms, obedience to the rule of law, personal responsibility, free enterprise, limited government, and smaller taxes.
He worked tirelessly for Jason Kenney during the two leadership campaigns and throughout the pursuit of conservative unity. He was involved in the organization of many constituencies for the PCs delegate selection meetings, PCs and Wildrose unity vote, and UCP leadership vote. Kaycee has been a constituency association president and has sat on the boards of other UCP constituency associations, including the Edmonton-Southwest Constituency Association where he lives.
Historically, these are positions that have been occupied by white men that have no understanding of the disproportional impact of the justice system and what Black communities experience.
Earlier on this year in March, Kaycee Madu was designated as a Queen’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta via an Order-in-Council. Queen’s Counsel is the highest honour awarded to lawyers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of law and society.
Mr. Mady enjoys giving back to the community in a variety of ways. He volunteers his legal skills with the Law Society of Alberta Lawyer Referral Program and the Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC). He is a member of his cultural association, the Igbo Cultural Association of Edmonton, and supports his community league activities and his church.