Conservative Member of Parliament for Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Levis, was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in 2006. Reelected in 2015, he has been named Official Opposition Critic for Public Services and Procurement.
Blaney has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Quebec Conservative Caucus. He has sat on a variety of committees, including Aboriginal Affairs, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Industry, Science and Technology, Environment and Sustainable Development and Defence. In 2007 he became Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages.
In 2011, Blaney was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve as Minister of Veterans Affairs. In 2013, he was given the additional responsibility of Minister for La Francophonie and was also appointed of Minister of Public Safety.
Blaney graduated from the University of Sherbrooke, becoming a civil engineer in 1988. In 2002, he completed his MBA in Lévis. After his studies, he worked as a consultant, entrepreneur, and advisor in the fields of urban infrastructure and environmental technology.
He was an active member of the largest group of environmental professionals in Canada, Réseau Environnement, and served as the president of its QuébecChaudière-Appalaches chapter from 2003 to 2006. For 15 years, he worked in Quebec’s engineering sector, specifically in water purification and energy efficiency. He started up two companies specializing in environmental technology.
Blaney first entered politics during the Quebec general elections of 1998, when he was a candidate for the Action démocratique du Québec in the provincial electoral district of Beauce-Nord.
Steven Blaney in Sherbrooke and grew up in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce. He now lives in Lévis with his wife, Marie Bouchard, and their two children.