Prior to entering Canadian federal politics, Roderick Blaker, commonly known as Rod Blaker, was an announcer, journalist and lawyer. He was first elected at the Lachine electoral district in the 1972 federal election and was re-elected in 1974, 1979 and 1980. He served consecutive terms in the 29th to 32nd Canadian Parliaments then left federal politics in 1984 without campaigning in that year's federal election.
During his time in Parliament, Blaker had several roles as a Parliamentary Secretary. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (1976-1977), the Solicitor General of Canada (1977-1978) and the Minister for International Trade (1984). He was also the Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons (1980-1982) and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons (1982-1984).
Blaker's 1974 election campaign was later noted for the involvement of Doug Finley, in Finley's first federal campaign. Finley later became a major election strategist for the Conservative Party of Canada, and was subsequently appointed as a Senator.
- Profile of Rod Blaker; PARLINFO, Parliamentarian File. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
- Uncredited, Harper's backroom general;Canwest News Service. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
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