The Honourable Steven Blaney
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie
First elected to the House of Commons in 2006, Steven Blaney was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Blaney was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs in May 2011. He was also named Minister for La Francophonie in February 2013.
After his election, Mr. Blaney was appointed Vice-Chair of the Conservative caucus of Quebec and in October 2008, he became Chair. He served on the standing committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and on Environment and Sustainable Development. In light of the importance of the mission in Afghanistan, Mr. Blaney later joined the National Defence Committee and participated in a visit to Kandahar in January 2006.
On May 31, 2007, Mr. Blaney became Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, which strives to promote linguistic duality throughout the country. He is also a member of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association.
After he graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke, Mr. Blaney became a civil engineer in 1988 and then obtained a Master of Business Administration in 2002 in Lévis. After his studies, he worked as a consultant, an entrepreneur and an advisor for urban infrastructure and environmental technologies.
Mr. Blaney is married to Marie Bouchard and has two children.
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