#LSN_News Bill Blaikie
THUNDER BAY, ON - April 9, 2017 (LSN) The two Thunder Bay Ridding Assoc invite you to hear from one of Parliament’s best speakers—the Honorable Bill Blaikie. Bill was a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2008 representing the railway community of Transcona and subsequently the Minister of Conservation and Government House Leader in the Manitoba NDP Government from 2009 to 2011. During his time in parliament, Bill sat across from and regularly challenged 8 Prime Ministers—from Clark to Harper—4 Liberal and 4 Conservative Governments. Bill was appointed Deputy Leader and Leader in the House in 2003, a position he retained until Jack was elected to the House of Commons the following year. In 2006 Bill was named Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, a position he retained until he retired in 2008.
Bill will draw on his 29 years of service in the House of Commons and his 2 years as a Provincial Cabinet Minister
Bill Blaikie had the longest continuous parliamentary record in the 38th and 39th Canadian parliaments and in this capacity served as the Dean of the House.
Blaikie was the Deputy Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons from 2006 to 2008.
During his time in parliament, Bill sat across from and regularly challenged 8 Prime Ministers—from Clark to Harper—4 Liberal and 4 Conservative Governments.
Bill won a total of 9 elections with the results ranging from a cliff hanger of 219 votes to a high of 54% of the vote.
As a member of the NDP Caucus he was the key voice on a number of issues over time—Social Policy, Health, Environment, External Affairs, Taxation,
Trade, Intergovernmental Affairs, Economic Globalization, Defense and Parliamentary Reform.
Bill also held key Caucus positions from Caucus Chair to House Leader. Following coming 2nd to Jack Layton, in the leadership race, Bill was appointed Deputy Leader and Leader in the House in 2003 , a position he retained until Jack was elected to the House of Commons the following year.
Among other causes he championed, he was instrumental in forcing Minister of Health, Monique Bégin to
enact the Canada Health Act in 1984, to deal with the crisis that extra-billing by physicians and user fees were causing for medicare.
In her memoirs, Bégin wrote that Blaikie waged "guerilla warfare" in the House of Commons over the issue
Sat April 22nd at 5:30 PM
At the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites
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Ernie Epp 767-0934 firstname.lastname@example.org (TBSN)
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