Biography

Steven Blaney was born in Sherbrooke and grew up in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce. He now lives in Lévis with his wife, Marie Bouchard, and his two children, William-Antoine and Alexandra. Steven graduated from the University of Sherbrooke, becoming a civil engineer in 1988. In 2002, he completed his MBA in Lévis.

After his studies, Steven 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 president of its Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches chapter from 2003 to 2006.

Steven was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011 as the MP for Bellechasse–Les Etchemins–Lévis. He wants to contribute to lasting prosperity in his riding. Steven is proud to represent such a diverse and dynamic constituency and pledges to serve the people of Quebec with passion.

Soon after becoming an MP, Steven was appointed vice-chair of the Quebec Conservative Caucus. In October 2008, he was appointed chair. He sat on the Indian Affairs Committee and the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee. Given the importance of the Afghanistan mission, Steven joined the Defence Committee and took part in a visit to Kandahar in January 2006. On May 31, 2007, Steven became chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, which strives to promote linguistic duality across Canada. He was also a member of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association.


 

 

Following the 2011 election, Steven was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. As minister, he implemented measures to improve programs for veterans and their families and to reduce bureaucratic red tape. In February 2013, he took on the additional ministerial portfolio of La Francophonie.

 

 

 

In July 2013, Steven became Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, a position he held until the 42nd general election. While in this role, he implemented measures to strengthen gun control while reducing administrative burdens.

 

In the 2015 election, Steven was re-elected to a fourth term, earning a majority of the vote in the riding of Bellechasse–Les Etchemins–Lévis.