Daniel Blaikie is the NDP National Caucus Chair, and the critic for the Treasury Board. He was formerly the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
He is an executive member of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and a member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, the Canada-Ireland Interparliamentary Group, the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association (NATO PA), and the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas.
Daniel Blaikie is an advocate for social, economic and environmental justice with a long history in the New Democratic Party. Blaikie is the son of former MP and MLA Bill Blaikie. His sister Rebecca ran for the party twice. Blaikie says he believes in the power of politics to change people’s lives for the better. He was elected as the MP for Elmwood–Transcona by a margin of 51 votes.
Blaikie has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, specializing in history and philosophy and a Master’s in philosophy from Concordia University. Before his election to the House of Commons he worked as an electrician and was an active member of his union local, IBEW 2085. He also sits on the executive of the Winnipeg Labour Council. He has served on the board of the Transcona Historical Museum and on the board of Manitoba’s Apprenticeship and Certification Board. He is also an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #7. Blaikie has also worked as a Minister’s Assistant in the provincial government under Premier Gary Doer, and was an organizer for the federal NDP.
He is married and has one son.