Marguerite Blais (born September 12, 1950 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian politician, journalist, radio host and television host. She was a Liberal Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the electoral division of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne in Montreal from 2007 to 2015, and served as the Minister responsible for Seniors, vice-chair of the Comité ministériel du développement social, éducatif et culturel and member of the Conseil du trésor.
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Prévost|
|Assumed office |
October 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Riding Re-Established|
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne|
April 25, 2007 – August 20, 2015
|Preceded by||Nicole Loiselle|
|Succeeded by||Dominique Anglade|
|Born||September 12, 1950|
|Political party||Coalition Avenir Québec|
|Quebec Liberal Party (2007-2015)|
|Profession||journalist, radio and tv host|
Blais did graduate studies in piano and organ at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. After a few years spent teaching music to kindergarten students (1969–1971), she entered the world of communications, acquiring a master's degree (Université du Québec à Montréal, 1997), a doctorate (Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Montréal and Concordia University, 2005) and a postdoctorate (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2008). She has some thirty years’ experience as a radio and television host and journalist (1971–2002).
From 1996 to 2003, Blais was the director general of the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse. She was president of the Conseil de la famille et de l’enfance (2003-2007). She joined a number of charitable organizations (Centraide, Little Brothers of the Poor, World Vision for Africa) and worked within a number of groups that assist young people, the elderly and the underprivileged in our society, with a particular focus on the deaf community and persons with hearing disabilities.
She was elected in 2007, and was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
She announced her resignation from the legislature in August 2015, several months after the death of her husband. On May 8, 2018, she was rumored to come back into politics under the Coalition Avenir Québec, opposing her former party. She ran in the 2018 election in the riding of Prévost and won.
- Author - Quand les Sourds nous font signe : histoires de sourds, éditions Dauphin Blanc (2003)
- Author - La culture sourde : Quête identitaires au coeur de la communication, Les Presses de l'Université Laval, collection Sociologie au coin de la Rue (2006)
- Co-Author - Apprendre à vivre aux frontières des cultures sourdes et entendantes, Les Presses de l'Université Laval, co-auteur monsieur Jacques Rhéaume (2009)
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
|Quebec Provincial Government of François Legault|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Francine Charbonneau||Minister responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers
October 18, 2018–present
|Quebec Provincial Government of Jean Charest|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Carole Théberge||Minister responsible for Seniors
April 18, 2007–September 19, 2012
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