Sharon Blady

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The Honourable
Sharon Blady
MLA
Manitoba Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 18, 2013
Premier Greg Selinger
Preceded by new portfolio
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 22, 2007
Preceded by Stuart Murray
Constituency Kirkfield Park
Personal details
Political party New Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Manitoba
University of Victoria
Occupation University instructor
Website sharonblady.ca

Sharon Anne Blady, MLA /ˈbldi/ is a Canadian politician in the province of Manitoba.[1] She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2007 provincial election in the constituency of Kirkfield Park.[1] Blady is a member of the New Democratic Party.[2] Prior to her election, she was an instructor of social work and native studies at the University of Manitoba.

Early life and career[edit]

Blady grew up in the neighbourhood of St. James-Assiniboia in Winnipeg, where she attended Buchanan School, Hedges Junior High School, and Collège Silver Heights Collegiate.[3][4] She received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, art history, and architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1991.[5][6] She received a Master of Arts in history in art and native studies from the University of Victoria in 1995[5] with her thesis entitled "The Flower Beadwork People: Factors Contributing to the Emergence of Distinctive Métis Cultural Artistic Style at Red River From 1844 to 1869".[7] In 1996 and 1997, two papers of hers about Métis culture and history were published by the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta as part of Issues in the North.[8][9]

Blady designed and taught introductory courses in gender and women's studies and visual and Aboriginal art studies at Brandon University.[4][5] She later taught at the University of Manitoba in its Joint Baccalaureate Nursing program and its Inner City Social Work program.[4]

Political career[edit]

Sharon Blady was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2007 provincial election on May 22, 2007.[1][2] As the New Democratic Party candidate, she won the traditionally Progressive Conservative electoral division of Kirkfield Park with a margin of over 11%.[1]

Blady was appointed minister's assistant for tenant issues to the Minister of Family Services and Consumer Affairs, Gord Mackintosh, on June 24, 2010.[10] On April 4, 2011, she was promoted to the position of legislative assistant to the minister.[11] She has also sat on a number of committees of the Legislative Assembly including the Standing Committees on Agriculture and Food (as the vice-chairperson),[12] Crown Corporations (as the chairperson),[13] Legislative Affairs (as the chairperson),[14] Private Bills,[15] Public Accounts,[16] and Social and Economic Development (as the vice-chairperson)[17] and the Special Committee on Senate Reform.[18]

During her first term in the legislature, Blady introduced two private member's bills which passed. In 2009, she introduced Bill 238, The Service Animals Protection Act, which made it an offense to interfere with or allow another animal to interfere with guide dogs or other service animals without the permission of its owner.[19] The bill passed third reading on September 23, 2009[20] and was granted royal assent on October 8, 2009.[21] Through this bill, Manitoba became the first jurisdiction in Canada to specifically legislate the protection of service animals.[19][22] The legislation has been praised by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.[22]

On April 19, 2011, Blady introduced Bill 217, The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (Expanded Grounds for Early Termination), which added provisions to The Residential Tenancies Act to allow for the early termination of rental agreements if the tenant faces health issues that prevent them from continuing to live in their current rental unit, if they are in the armed forces and are being relocated, or if they are victims of domestic violence and believe that their safety is at risk if they continue living there.[23] The bill was passed by the house with a unanimous vote at third reading[24][25] and was assented to on June 16, 2011.[26]

Blady is active in liaising with other legislative bodies on an international level as the President of the Manitoba section of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie[27] and as a member of the Energy Committee of the Midwestern Legislators Conference (part of the Council of State Governments).[28]

Blady was reelected in the 2011 provincial election on October 4 with a margin of 21 votes.

Electoral record[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2011: Kirkfield Park
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
     New Democrat Sharon Blady 4,928 46.61
     Progressive Conservative Kelly de Groot 4,907 46.41
Liberal Syed Bokhari 367 3.47
Green Alanna Gray 339 3.21
Total valid votes 10,541
Rejected and declined votes 31
Turnout 10,572 68.97
Electors on the lists 15,329


Manitoba general election, 2007: Kirkfield Park
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
     New Democrat Sharon Blady 4,997 49.32 $28,330.71
     Progressive Conservative Chris Kozier 3,862 38.12 $22,764.35
Liberal Douglas Kaylor 1,273 12.56 $5,428.14
     Libertarian Kristine McGhee (retired) 0 0.00 $0.00
Total valid votes 10,132 99.55
Rejected and declined votes 46
Turnout 10,178 69.21
Electors on the lists 14,707

Publications[edit]

  • Blady, Sharon (1995). The Flower Beadwork People: Factors Contributing to the Emergence of Distinctive Metis Cultural Artistic Style at Red River From 1844 to 1869 (M.A. thesis). University of Victoria. OCLC 858544790. 
  • — (1996). "Beadwork As an Expression of Métis Cultural Identity". In Oakes, Jill; Riewe, Rick. Issues in the North, Volume I. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute. ISBN 978-0-919058-78-1. ISSN 0068-0303. 
  • — (1997). "Les Métissess: Towards a Feminist History of Red River". In Oakes, Jill; Riewe, Rick. Issues in the North, Volume II. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute. ISBN 978-0-919058-87-3. ISSN 0068-0303. 
  • Oakes, Jill; Riewe, Rick; Belanger, Yale; Blady, Sharon et al., eds. (2004). Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes. Winnipeg: Aboriginal Issues Press. ISBN 978-0-9686138-4-9. OCLC 56371181. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "NDP gains 2 Winnipeg seats". CBC News. May 22, 2007. Archived from the original on August 26, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. August 4, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ "October 15, 2007" (PDF). Bonnie Korzeniowski, St. James. Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly). col. 1309. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sharon Blady: Biography". New Democratic Caucus of Manitoba. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Blady, Sharon. "Sharon Blady, MLA Kirkfield Park". Facebook. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Manitoba Election Results" (PDF). Hansard: A Report from the Government Relations Office (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba): 3. June 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Completed MA Thesis (1973–Present)" (PDF). University of Victoria (Faculty of Fine Arts). 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Blady, Sharon (1996). "Beadwork As an Expression of Métis Cultural Identity". In Oakes, Jill; Riewe, Rick. Issues in the North, Volume I. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute. ISBN 978-0-919058-78-1. ISSN 0068-0303. 
  9. ^ Blady, Sharon (1997). "Les Métissess: Towards a Feminist History of Red River". In Oakes, Jill; Riewe, Rick. Issues in the North, Volume II. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute. ISBN 978-0-919058-87-3. ISSN 0068-0303. 
  10. ^ "Tenant Protetection Strengthened During Low Vacancy Rates: Additional Eviction Notice Period of Two Months, Up to $500 Compensation for Moving Costs due to Renovations Among Changes: Mackintosh" (Press release). Government of Manitoba. June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2011. "Mackintosh also announced that Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park, has been appointed minister's assistant for tenant issues. She will be responsible for helping to identify other measures to assist tenants during times of low vacancy." 
  11. ^ "Manitoba Order in Council 97/2011" (PDF). Winnipeg: Government of Manitoba (Queen's Printer). April 4, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ "June 6, 2008" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food). Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ "September 21, 2010" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Crown Corporations). Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "December 14, 2009" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs). Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "June 14, 2011" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Private Bills). Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ "February 17, 2010" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Public Accounts). Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "July 21, 2010" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development). Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  18. ^ "November 9, 2009" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Special Committee on Senate Reform). Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Legislators Look to Protect Guide Dogs and Other Service Animals: Private Member’s Bill Introduced by Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park" (Press release). New Democratic Caucus of Manitoba. 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ "September 23, 2009" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly). col. 3319–3321. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  21. ^ "October 8, 2009" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly). col. 3783–3784. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "September 16, 2009" (PDF). Yvonne Peters, Witness from the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly - Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development). col. 52–53. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  23. ^ "New legislation to help tenants facing domestic violence, health issues or military transfer" (Press release). New Democratic Caucus of Manitoba. April 19, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  24. ^ "June 16, 2011" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly). col. 2936–2939. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Expanded Grounds for Early Termination of Leases Brings Relief to Tenants" (Press release). New Democratic Caucus of Manitoba. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  26. ^ "June 16, 2011" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Manitoba: Legislative Assembly). col. 2993–2995. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Section membre: Manitoba" [Member section: Manitoba]. Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (in French). International Organization of the Francophonie. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  28. ^ "MLC Energy Committee: 2011-2012 Roster". Council of State Governments. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Jim Rondeau
as Manitoba Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs
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October 18, 2013 – present
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