|Jean-Pierre Blackburn arrives at Rideau Hall to be sworn in as a cabinet minister|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Sébastien Gagnon|
|Succeeded by||Claude Patry|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Gilles Marceau|
|Succeeded by||André Caron|
July 6, 1948 |
|Profession||Administrator, manager, professor|
|Cabinet||Minister of Veterans Affairs
Minister of State (Agriculture)
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, PC (born July 6, 1948 in Jonquière, Quebec) is a Canadian politician and diplomat. He was the Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from the riding of Jonquière—Alma from 2006 to 2011; earlier, he was the Progressive Conservative MP from Jonquière from 1984 to 1993.
In 1993, Blackburn was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence. On February 6, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Labour and Housing in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet. He was shuffled to the National Revenue portfolio on October 30, 2008, and became Minister of Veterans Affairs in 2010.. In the May 2011 federal election, Blackburn lost to the NDP candidate, Claude Patry.
A businessman, Blackburn holds a bachelor's degree in administration and a master's in regional studies and intervention from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. He has also been a manager, administrator and a professor. More recently, he has been the president of Blackburn Communications Inc.
Ottawa Airport tequila incident
On February 23, 2010, Blackburn provoked an argument with airport security officials when a bottle of tequila in his possession was confiscated prior to boarding an aircraft at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, in accordance with Transport Canada security regulations. Blackburn wanted to keep the bottle in his possession in the cabin. When security officials refused, Blackburn presumed that the staff would simply drink his tequila and thereby demanded the tequila be emptied in his presence. The argument became heated and security officials called Ottawa Police to deal with Blackburn. According to a senior government official "The minister wasn't pleased by the fact he had to leave the bottle of alcohol behind. He was upset that they wouldn't destroy it in front of him," the official said, on condition of anonymity. "He was verbally abusive." The tequila incident was compared to another event at Charlottetown Airport 4 days earlier involving Conservative Minister Helena Guergis who verbally abused airport staff. Twenty-six days later Blackburn issued a statement apologizing for the incident.
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|28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper|
|Cabinet Posts (5)|
|Greg Thompson||Minister of Veterans Affairs
|Gordon O'Connor||Minister of National Revenue
as Secretary of State (Agriculture)
|Minister of State (Agriculture)
|Joe Fontana||Minister of Labour
|Jacques Saada||Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
as Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)