Bill Blaikie Obituary News – Cause of Death: Former Winnipeg MP, MLA Bill Blaikie dies at 71.
The United Church of Canada grieves the loss of the Rev. Bill Blaikie.
Canadian politician, Bill Blaikie died from kidney cancer at his home in Winnipeg on September 24, 2022, at the age of 71.
Blaikie served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1979 to 2008, representing Elmwood—Transcona and its antecedent ridings in the House of Commons of Canada for the federal New Democratic Party. Following his retirement from federal politics, he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 2009 until 2011, representing the Winnipeg division of Elmwood as a member of the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, and served as Minister of Conservation and Government House Leader.
Blaikie had the longest continuous parliamentary record in the 38th and 39th Canadian parliaments, and in this capacity served as the Dean of the House. He also holds the record as having the longest continuous parliamentary service of any CCF/NDP MP in Canadian History.
He was a member of the King’s Privy Council for Canada. Blaikie was the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada from 2006 to 2008.
Prior to the 2011 Manitoba election, he announced that he was retiring from political life.