Daniel Blaikie

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Daniel Blaikie
Daniel Blaikie.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Elmwood—Transcona
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byLawrence Toet
Personal details
Born1984 (age 36–37)
Transcona, Manitoba
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Janelle Blaikie
RelationsRebecca Blaikie (sister)
ChildrenRobert Blaikie
Parent(s)Bill Blaikie (father)
Brenda Blaikie (mother)
ResidenceWinnipeg, Manitoba
Alma mater
ProfessionElectrician
Websitedanielblaikie.ndp.ca

Daniel Blaikie MP is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Elmwood—Transcona in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian federal election.[1] He is a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and serves as the party's critic for the Treasury Board and the deputy critic for Ethics in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.[2] He is the son of former NDP deputy leader Bill Blaikie, who held the riding from 1979 to 2008, and brother of former NDP President Rebecca Blaikie.

Blaikie was nominated as the NDP candidate for his father's former riding ahead of the 2015 election. He defeated Conservative incumbent Lawrence Toet by only 61 votes, the lowest margin of victory for any Canadian MP elected that year. He was the only non-Liberal elected from a Winnipeg riding, as the Liberals rose from being the third-largest party to Government, while the Conservatives fell from Government to Official Opposition, and the NDP from Official Opposition to third-party status. Blaikie led in most pre-election opinion polling, but a last-minute Liberal surge both in Winnipeg and nationwide resulted in him only defeating Toet by 51 votes. He defeated Toet in a 2019 rematch.

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel Blaikie was born to Brenda and Bill Blaikie in the northeast Winnipeg suburb of Transcona. Before entering the trades, Blaikie studied philosophy and history at the University of Winnipeg, from which he graduated with an undergraduate degree. He went on to earn a master's degree in philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal.

He later trained as an electrician, becoming very active in International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, of which he is still a member.

Blaikie acted as an advisor to the Minister of Health in the Government of Manitoba.

Community work[edit]

Blaikie has been involved in several community engagements in Transcona, Winnipeg, and in the province of Manitoba. He has sat on the Board of directors of the Transcona Historical Museum in the past and continues to maintain his interest and involvement with the museum. As an MP, he currently sits as an honorary board member.

Blaikie is an active associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch #7 known by locals as the Transcona Legion. With its official formation date being December 6, 1926, the legion celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016. He commemorated the anniversary as a Member of Parliament by using his allotted time for Statements by Members in the House of Commons to speak to the Legion's history and relevance in the community.[3]

Before becoming an MP, Blaikie was a board member of the Apprenticeship and Certification Board of Manitoba, which coordinates the apprenticeship and certification system in Manitoba.[4]

After being elected to the House of Commons, Daniel Blaikie continued to sit on the executive of the Winnipeg Labour Council for a period. During his electoral campaign in 2015, the council was active in supporting his campaign to become a Member of Parliament.[5]

Parliament of Canada[edit]

42nd Parliament[edit]

Blaikie is a Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and is also a member of several parliamentary associations, including the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, Canada-Ireland Interparliamentary Group, Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), as well a part of the Canadian Delegations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), NATO Parliamentary Association (NATO PA) and ParlAmericas.

Electoral record[edit]

2021 Canadian federal election: Elmwood—Transcona
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Daniel Blaikie 20,791 49.7 +4.1
Conservative Rejeanne Caron 11,768 28.1 -9.4
Liberal Sara Mirwaldt 6,169 14.7 +2.4
People's Jamie Cumming 2,435 5.8 +4.6
Green Devlin Hinchey 676 1.6 -1.8
Total valid votes 41,839 99.3
Total rejected ballots 314 0.7
Turnout 42,153 59.9
Eligible voters 70,335
New Democratic hold Swing +6.8
Source: Elections Canada[6]
2019 Canadian federal election: Elmwood—Transcona
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Daniel Blaikie 19,786 45.6 +11.46 $84,787.58
Conservative Lawrence Toet 16,240 37.5 +3.5 $90,425.22
Liberal Jennifer Malabar 5,346 12.3 -17.21 $35,581.50
Green Kelly Manweiler 1,480 3.4 +1.04 none listed
People's Noel Gautron 512 1.2 $2,119.25
Total valid votes/expense limit 43,364 100.0
Total rejected ballots 313
Turnout 43,677 62.8 -3.55
Eligible voters 69,498
New Democratic hold Swing +3.86
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
2015 Canadian federal election: Elmwood-Transcona
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Daniel Blaikie 14,709 34.14 -10.67
Conservative Lawrence Toet 14,648 34.00 -12.92
Liberal Andrea Richardson-Lipon 12,713 29.51 +24.32
Green Kim Parke 1,016 2.36 -0.71
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,086 100.00   $198,870.74
Total rejected ballots 182 0.42
Turnout 43,268 66.35
Eligible voters 65,207
New Democratic gain from Conservative Swing +1.12
Source: Elections Canada[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Santin, Aldo; Billeck, Scott (19 October 2015). "NDP's Blaikie squeaks past Tory rival in Elmwood-Transcona". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. ^ Kirkup, Kristy (12 November 2015). "Tom Mulcair taps Nathan Cullen, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron for top critic roles". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Hansard".
  4. ^ "Apprenticeship and Certification Board Home Page | Workforce Development | Province of Manitoba". gov.mb.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  5. ^ "In Manitoba labour movement in the middle of the election cycle storm | rankandfile.ca". rankandfile.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. ^ "List of confirmed candidates – September 20, 2021 Federal Election". Elections Canada. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  7. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Elmwood—Transcona, 30 September 2015
  10. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Election Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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