Pierre Blais

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Pierre Blais, PC (born December 30, 1948) is a Canadian jurist and former politician and Cabinet minister. He is currently the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal.


Blais holds both a BA (1968) and an LLB (1976) from Laval University.

Political career

Blais entered the Canadian House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Bellechasse, Quebec through the 1984 election.

In 1987, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Blais to Cabinet as Minister of State for agriculture. Two years later, he was promoted to the position of Solicitor-General. In 1990, he became Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and, in 1993, was appointed by Mulroney to the position of Minister of Justice.

Blais retained this position, and added the position of President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada when Kim Campbell succeeded Mulroney as PC leader and prime minister.

Blais' political career came to an end when he was defeated, along with the Campbell government, in the 1993 election.

Judicial career

A member of both the Quebec and Ontario bar, Blais was appointed a Justice of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division, an ex officio member of the Court of Appeal and...
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