Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research
Minister responsible for Recreation and Sport
Member for Charlesbourg
Place of birth: Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage
François Blais holds a bachelor’s degree in social services from Université Laval, and a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He did postdoctoral studies at the Université de Montréal’s Centre de recherche en droit public before being hired as a professor in the political science department of Université Laval in 1992.
From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Blais served as head of the department. From 2006 to 2014, he was the dean of the social sciences faculty of Université Laval, which numbers more than 5000 students spread over five departments and two schools.
He has been a guest lecturer at various universities throughout the world, speaking on a broad range of topics including the history of political ideas, the evolution of income security policy, and economic and social ethics. In addition, Mr. Blais has been involved with many organizations. At Université Laval for example, he was chair of the steering committee of the research chair in democracy and parliamentary institutions, the steering committee of the Observatoire démographique et statistique de l’espace francophone, and the institutional committee on the situation of Aboriginal students. He has also sat on the boards of directors of many parapublic and community organizations.
François Blais was elected MNA for Charlesbourg on April 7, 2014, and subsequently appointed Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity. On February 27, 2015, he became Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research and Minister responsible for Recreation and Sport.