Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Jean-Pierre Blackburn

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Jean-Pierre Blackburn, PC, MP (born July 6, 1948 in Jonquière, Quebec) is a Canadian politician. He was the Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from the riding of Jonquière—Alma from 2006 to 2011; earlier, he was the Progressive Conservative MP from Jonquière from 1984 to 1993.

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 Veterans Affairs Minister in 2010.

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.

Ottawa Airport tequila incident

On February 23, 2010, Blackburn provoked an argument with airport security officials when a bottle of Tequila in his possession was confiscated prior to boarding an aircraft at Ottawa Airport, in accordance with Transport Canada security regulations. Blackburn wanted to keep the bottle in his possession in the cabin. When security officials refused, Blackburn presumed that the staff would simply drink his tequila and thereby demanded the tequila be emptied in his presence. The argument...
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