The Hon. Bill Blaikie – Bill Blaikie is a minister in the United Church of Canada who served in the Canadian House of Commons as a Member of Parliament from Winnipeg from May 22,1979 to October 19th, 2008. He retired as the Dean of the House of Commons and Deputy Speaker, having served in many capacities, including Parliamentary Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 2003 to 2004. In 2007 he was voted Parliamentarian of the Year by his peers.
Blaikie was NDP Health Critic from 1980-84 in the fight for the Canada Health Act, NDP Environment Critic from 1984-1097, serving on the Special Committee on Acid Rain, and NDP External Affairs Critic from 1987 t0 1990, serving on the parliamentary committee that conducted country wide hearings on the Canada- US FTA, an interest he was able to follow up later as NDP Trade Critic during the late 90's when there was much debate about the terms of the WTO, the MAI, and the FTAA. He also has a longstanding interest in parliamentary reform, having served on the Special Committee on Reform of the House of Commons in 1984-86. In 2016 he co-authored a reflection on the outcome of the committee for the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law. Following his lengthy time in national politics, Blaikie served as the Provincial Minister of Conservation in Manitoba from 2009 to 2011. In 2011 his political memoir, The Blaikie Report – An Insider’s Look at Faith and Politics, was published by United Church Publishing House. He is currently an adjunct professor of theology and politics at the University of Winnipeg, and serves on the board of the Canadian Health Coalition.
Bill was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020.