Stephen Blais

Stephen Blais (born July 20, 1980) is the Ottawa City Councillor for Cumberland Ward. He won the ward in the 2010 Ottawa municipal election, defeating the incumbent Rob Jellett. In the 2014 Ottawa municipal election, Blais was re-elected with a large majority, defeating Marc Belisle.

Stephen Blais
Stephen Blais promoting the 2018 OC Transpo Christmas Food Drive
Ottawa City Councillor
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded byRob Jellett
ConstituencyCumberland Ward
Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board Trustee
In office
December 1, 2006  November 30, 2010
Preceded byDes Curley
Succeeded byBrian Coburn
ConstituencyZone 3 (Orléans & Cumberland)
Personal details
BornJuly 20, 1980
Ottawa
Spouse(s)Marta Blais

Early life

Blais was born in Ottawa and grew up in the Queenswood Heights neighbourhood of Orléans in the former Cumberland Township. Upon graduating from St. Peter Catholic High School, he attended the University of Ottawa to pursue a Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Following university, he served as Executive Assistant to Jim Watson while Watson served in the Ontario Cabinet. Blais later moved to Carleton University where he worked as a media and communications advisor.

Blais and his wife Marta have one son, Stephen Jr. They live in the Chaperal neighbourhood.[1]

Community involvement

Blais is the past president of the Queenswood Heights Community Association and a former members of the Cumberland Lions Club.

Prior to being elected as a councillor, Blais served as an Ottawa Catholic School Board Trustee for Orléans-Cumberland. He was first elected as a Trustee in 2006 when he defeated the incumbent.

Ottawa City Council

In 2010, Blais was elected the third Ottawa City Councillor for Cumberland Ward defeating the two-term incumbent. He quickly made his mark securing early victories by having the City of Ottawa conduct an environmental assessment to widen HWY 174 and to extend Light Rail Transit to Orléans.

In addition to his focus on reducing commute times through investments in roads and transit, Blais prioritized local park construction. In his first term of office, seven new parks were built in Cumberland Ward and Blais announced a plan to partner with the local homebuilding industry to complete an $8 million expansion of Millennium Park.[2]

Blais was named Chair of the City of Ottawa Transit Commission on December 10, 2014. The Transit Commission is the body charged with oversight of the City's public transit provider OC Transpo.

The Transit Commission is responsible for ensuring the development of a safe, efficient, accessible, and client-focused transit system and for providing overall guidance and direction to the Transit Services Department on all issues relating to the operation of public transit, including the O-Train and Para Transpo. The Transit Commission consists of eight members of Council and four citizen members, as approved by Council. The Transit Commission meets on a monthly basis in a public forum.[3]

Provincial politics

In October 2019, Blais announced that he would be seeking the Liberal nomination for the provincial riding of Orléans, which had been left vacant when Marie-France Lalonde stepped down to run for the federal Liberal Party.[4] He won the nomination on November 9.[5]

Election results 2014

Ward 19 - Cumberland
Candidate Votes %
Stephen Blais (X) 9,446 78.03%
Marc Belisle 2,659 21.96%

Election results 2010

Ward 19 - Cumberland
Candidate Votes %
Stephen Blais 6,358 52.36
Rob Jellett (X) 5,282 43.49%
Patrick Paquette 504 4.15

Election results 2006

Zone 3 (Wards 1, 19)
Candidate Votes %
Stephen Blais 3,124 55.30%
Des Curley (X) 2,525 44.70%

References

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