Jean-Pierre Blackburn

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.

Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Jean-Pierre Blackburn may 2017
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Jonquière—Alma
In office
Preceded bySébastien Gagnon
Succeeded byClaude Patry
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Jonquière
In office
Preceded byGilles Marceau
Succeeded byAndré Caron
Personal details
Born (1948-07-06) July 6, 1948
Jonquière, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Ginette Laforest
ResidenceJonquière, Quebec, Canada
ProfessionAdministrator, manager, professor
CabinetMinister of Veterans Affairs
Minister of State (Agriculture)

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.. 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]


28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Greg Thompson Minister of Veterans Affairs
Steven Blaney
Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Revenue
Keith Ashfield
Christian Paradis
as Secretary of State (Agriculture)
Minister of State (Agriculture)
Joe Fontana Minister of Labour
Rona Ambrose
Jacques Saada Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Denis Lebel
as Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)
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