||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2015)|
|Official Opposition Critic for Tourism|
20 November 2015
|Preceded by||Brian Masse|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
Wild Rose (2008-2015)
October 14, 2008
|Preceded by||Myron Thompson|
|Chair of the Standing Committee on
19 February 2015
|Preceded by||Chris Warkentin|
November 8, 1974 |
|Education||Red Deer College, University of Calgary|
|Profession||Real Estate Agent
Blake Richards (born November 8, 1974 in Olds, Alberta) is a Canadian politician, who was re-elected for a third term in the riding of Banff—Airdrie on October 19, 2015. He was previously elected in the electoral district of Wild Rose in the 2008 Canadian federal election and the 2011 election, and is a member of the Conservative Party in the House of Commons of Canada.
Early life and career
Prior to starting his real estate business, Richards worked in the oil field and agriculture-related industries, and attended Red Deer College and the University of Calgary, where he earned a degree in political science.
He served his community as a volunteer firefighter and minor hockey coach before being elected to the House of Commons in 2008.
Richards is currently the Official Opposition Critic for Tourism and Deputy Critic for Democratic Institutions. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the influential Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. In the 41st Parliament, Richards was Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus and served as Chair of the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Special Committee on Co-operatives. He has also been a member of the committees on Finance; International Trade; Canadian Heritage; Agriculture; and Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Richards has hosted the Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge to raise funds for the RCMP Victims Services Units in Banff, Canmore, Cochrane, Airdrie and Olds, Alberta. Since 2009, Richards' charity game has raised a combined total of over $360,000 for regional victims of crime assistance groups.
In 2010, Richards spearheaded a national petition that called for changes to the national pardons system after it was revealed that convicted sex offender Graham James had received a pardon in 2007 for his offences. The petition attracted thousands of supporters from across Canada and in June 2010 Bill C-23A, a new law to limit pardons for serious crimes, received Royal Assent.
In October 2011, Richards introduced Private Member’s Bill C-309 in the House of Commons, and guided it through the House of Commons and Senate, allowing it to receive Royal Assent in June 2013. As a result, it is now a Criminal Code offence to wear a mask or to otherwise conceal one’s identity during a riot or an unlawful assembly.
Richards was recognized as the Hardest Working and Best Constituency MP in The Hill Times' 23rd Annual Politically Savvy Survey published in May, 2015.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Banff—Airdrie|
|New Democratic||Joanne Boissonneault||4,521||6.78||–6.29||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||66,638||100.00||$238,910.38|
|Total rejected ballots||179||0.27||–|
|This riding was created from parts of Wild Rose and Macleod, both of which elected Conservative candidates in the 2011 election. Blake Richards was the incumbent from Wild Rose. Changes are based on redistributed results.|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Wild Rose|
|New Democratic||Jeff Horvath||6,595||11.3||+3.1||$3,784|
|Christian Heritage||Randy VandenBroek||181||0.3||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||58,424||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||128||0.2||0.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Wild Rose|
|New Democratic||Jeff Horvath||4,169||8.2||+0.9||$5,001|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||50,564||100.0||$101,401|
|Total rejected ballots||107||0.2||0.0|
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Banff—Airdrie (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates