Blaikie addressing the 2013 federal NDP convention in Montreal
|President of the New Democratic Party|
September 12, 2011 – April 10, 2016
|Preceded by||Brian Topp|
|Succeeded by||Marit Stiles|
|Treasurer of the New Democratic Party|
May 25, 1978 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Relations||Daniel Blaikie (brother)|
|Parents||Bill Blaikie (father)
Brenda Blaikie (mother)
|Alma mater||Concordia University
University of Winnipeg
She is the daughter of Bill Blaikie, a former NDP Member of Parliament from Winnipeg, deputy leader of the party, and provincial cabinet minister. Her brother Daniel Blaikie was elected as Member of Parliament for their father's former riding of Elmwood-Transcona in 2015.
She has an undergraduate degree in Canadian social history from the University of Winnipeg and a graduate degree in community economic development from Concordia University's School of Community and Public Affairs.
Candidate for the New Democratic Party
Blaikie was a candidate for the NDP in the 2004 Canadian federal election in then-Prime Minister Paul Martin's electoral district of LaSalle—Émard in Montreal, Quebec. She received 4.97% of the vote share, and was not elected. She did however receive a large amount of press coverage.
As executive director of the party's Quebec wing, she was one of the architects of Thomas Mulcair's historic victory in the 2007 Outremont by-election and was widely credited with setting the groundwork for the party's historic breakthrough in the province in the 2011 election.
She then returned to Manitoba to work for the provincial government. She ran in the 2011 federal election in the district of Winnipeg North, receiving 35.41% of the vote, narrowly losing to Kevin Lamoureux of the Liberal Party by 44 votes (0.17%).
NDP treasurer and president
Blaikie was elected treasurer of the NDP at the Halifax convention in 2009 and reelected at the Vancouver convention in 2011, alongside Brian Topp who had been elected president. After Jack Layton's death, Topp resigned as party president to run in the leadership race. As the party's federal council may fill vacancies with one of its own members, it chose Blaikie to fill the seat of president. Blaikie was re-elected as president at the 2013 Montreal convention.
One of Blaikie's first notable acts as party president was to preside over the 2012 leadership election.
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