Pierre Blais

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The Honourable
Pierre Blais
PC
2nd Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 22, 2009
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean (as Governor General)
Preceded by John D. Richard
Personal details
Born December 30, 1948
Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec
Alma mater Laval University

Pierre Blais, PC (born December 30, 1948) is a Canadian jurist and former politician and Cabinet minister.[1] He is currently the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal.[2]

Education[edit]

Blais holds both a BA (1968) and an LLB (1976) from Laval University.[1]

Political career[edit]

Blais entered the Canadian House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Bellechasse, Quebec through the 1984 election.

In 1987, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Blais to Cabinet as Minister of State for agriculture.[2] Two years later, he was promoted to the position of Solicitor-General.[2] In 1990, he became Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and, in 1993, was appointed by Mulroney to the position of Minister of Justice.[2]

Blais retained this position, and added the position of President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada when Kim Campbell succeeded Mulroney as PC leader and prime minister.[2]

Blais' political career came to an end when he was defeated, along with the Campbell government, in the 1993 election.

Judicial career[edit]

A member of both the Quebec and Ontario bar, Blais was appointed a Justice of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division, an ex officio member of the Court of Appeal and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada in June 1998.

Through 2004, Blais presided over hearings related to Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel's detention under a National Security Certificate. In February 2005, he ruled that the security certificate was valid and that the government could deport Zundel immediately.

On February 20, 2008, Blais was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal. On September 9, 2009, he was appointed chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal.[3]

Blais is scheduled to retire as Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal effective June 23, 2014.[4]

References[edit]

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Alain Garant
Member of Parliament for Bellechasse
1984-1993
Succeeded by
François Langlois
Political offices
Preceded by
Perrin Beatty
Solicitor General of Canada
1989-1990
Succeeded by
Pierre Cadieux
Preceded by
Harvie Andre
Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
1990-1993
Succeeded by
Pierre H. Vincent
Preceded by
Kim Campbell
Minister of Justice
1993
Succeeded by
Allan Rock
Preceded by
Joe Clark
President of the Privy Council
1993
Succeeded by
Marcel Massé