Stephen Blais promoting the 2018 OC Transpo Christmas Food Drive
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
February 27, 2020
|Preceded by||Marie-France Lalonde|
|Ottawa City Councillor|
December 1, 2010 – March 5, 2020
|Preceded by||Rob Jellett|
|Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board Trustee|
December 1, 2006 – November 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Des Curley|
|Succeeded by||Brian Coburn|
|Constituency||Zone 3 (Orléans & Cumberland)|
|Born||July 20, 1980|
|Political party||Ontario Liberal Party|
Before being elected to the Ontario legislature, he was 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. In the 2018 Ottawa municipal election, Blais was re-elected with over 89% of the vote—the highest majority of the night.
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 is the past president of the Queenswood Heights Community Association and a former members of the Cumberland Lions Club.
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.
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.
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. He won the nomination on November 9. Blais won the February 27 by-election with 55 per cent of the vote, defeating his nearest rival, Progressive Conservative candidate Natalie Montgomery, by more than 8,000 votes. This is the largest majority in Orléans in more than 30 years.
Blais serves as the Ontario Liberal critic for several areas:
- Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- Government and Consumer Services
- Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
|Ontario provincial by-election, February 27, 2020: Orléans|
Resignation of Marie-France Lalonde
|Progressive Conservative||Natalie Montgomery||5,945||22.87||−12.33|
|New Democratic||Manon Parrot||3,888||14.95||−6.99|
|None of the Above||Keegan Bennett||100||0.38|
|Ontario Alliance||Gerrie Huenemoerder||28||0.11|
|Total valid votes||26,000|
|Total rejected ballots|
|Ward 19 - Cumberland|
|Stephen Blais (X)||11,230||89.08%|
|Cameron Rose Jette||741||5.88%|
|Ward 19 - Cumberland|
|Stephen Blais (X)||9,446||78.03%|
|Ward 19 - Cumberland|
|Rob Jellett (X)||5,282||43.49%|
|Zone 3 (Wards 1, 19)|
|Des Curley (X)||2,525||44.70%|
- Jon Willing (October 22, 2018). "Ottawa Votes: What you need to know about the candidates in Cumberland". Ottawa Citizen.
- Jon Willing (April 16, 2014). "Plans underway for $8M east-end Ottawa park". Ottawa Sun.
- "Facts Brochure" (PDF). OC Transpo.[dead link]
- Chianello, Joanne (October 10, 2019). "Blais running for Liberal nomination in Orléans". CBC News. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
- Duffy, Andrew (November 9, 2019). "Orléans Liberals nominate Coun. Stephen Blais for provincial byelection". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- "Stephen Blais keeps Orléans Liberal red". Ottawa: CBC News. February 27, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
- "Decisive victory sends Blais to Queen's Park". Toronto: Orléans Star. March 5, 2020.
- "Del Duca Appoints New Critics". Toronto: Ontario Liberal Party. May 8, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020.