|Chairman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee|
|Assumed office |
May 1, 2015
|Appointed by||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Deborah Grey|
|2nd Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal|
September 22, 2009 – June 23, 2014
|Nominated by||Stephen Harper|
|Appointed by||Michaëlle Jean (as Governor General)|
|Preceded by||John D. Richard|
|Succeeded by||Karen Sharlow|
|Born||December 30, 1948|
|Alma mater||Laval University|
Pierre Blais, PC (born December 30, 1948) is a Canadian jurist and former politician and Cabinet minister. He also served as the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal until his retirement in June, 2014.
On May 1, 2015, Blais was appointed as chairman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, replacing Interim Chair Deborah Grey who was stepping down from the Committee.
In 1987, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Blais to Cabinet as Minister of State for agriculture. Two years later, he was promoted to the position of Solicitor-General. In 1990, he became Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and, in 1993, was appointed by Mulroney to the position of Minister of Justice.
Blais' political career came to an end when he was defeated, along with the Campbell government, in the 1993 election.
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.
Blais retired as Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal effective June 23, 2014.
- "Members". Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "About the Court: Pierre Blais". Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "PM announces appointments to the Security Intelligence Review Committee". Prime Minister's Office. May 1, 2015. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015.
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|Parliament of Canada|
| Member of Parliament for Bellechasse
| Solicitor General of Canada
| Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
Pierre H. Vincent
| Minister of Justice
| President of the Privy Council