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Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Jean-Pierre Blackburn
Jean-Pierre Blackburn in 2007
Member of Parliament
for Jonquière—Alma
In office
Preceded bySébastien Gagnon
Succeeded byClaude Patry
Member of Parliament
for Jonquière
In office
Preceded byGilles Marceau
Succeeded byAndré Caron
Personal details
Born (1948-07-06) July 6, 1948 (age 75)
Jonquière, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
Progressive Conservative
SpouseGinette Laforest
Residence(s)Jonquière, Quebec, Canada
ProfessionAdministrator, manager, professor
CabinetMinister of Veterans Affairs
Minister of State (Agriculture)

Jean-Pierre Blackburn, PC (born July 6, 1948) is a Canadian politician and diplomat. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Jonquière—Alma from 2006 to 2011; earlier, he was the Progressive Conservative MP for Jonquière from 1984 to 1993.

Blackburn was born in Jonquière, Quebec. In 1993, Blackburn was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence. On February 6, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Labour and Housing in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet. He was shuffled to the National Revenue portfolio on October 30, 2008, and became Minister of Veterans Affairs in 2010.[1]. In the May 2011 federal election, Blackburn lost to the NDP candidate, Claude Patry.

A businessman, Blackburn holds a bachelor's degree in administration and a master's in regional studies and intervention from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. He has also been a manager, administrator and a professor. More recently, he has been the president of Blackburn Communications Inc.

He was named Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in December 2011.[1]

In May 2017, Jean-Pierre Blackburn became leader of the Citizens' Party of Saguenay in order to be a candidate for Mayor's office in the November municipal election.[2]


  1. ^ Clark, Campbell (May 10, 2012). "Harper rewards defeated minister Lawrence Cannon with Paris post". Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  2. ^ "Jean-Pierre Blackburn est le nouveau chef du PCS | Patricia Rainville | Actualités". Archived from the original on 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper Cabinet posts (5) Predecessor Office Successor Greg Thompson Minister of Veterans Affairs2010–2011 Steven Blaney Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Revenue2008–2010 Keith Ashfield Christian Paradisas Secretary of State (Agriculture) Minister of State (Agriculture)2008–2011 none Joe Fontana Minister of Labour2006–2008 Rona Ambrose Jacques Saada Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec2006–2008 Denis Lebelas Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)
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