The Honourable Bill Blair was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest in 2015. He has previously served as Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and as Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.
Raised in Scarborough and the son of a police officer, Minister Blair learned at an early age that “serve” comes before “protect” for a reason. He served 39 years with the Toronto Police Service, the last decade as its Chief of Police.
Minister Blair has demonstrated his ability to unite and engage others through his numerous roles in provincial, national, and international policing forums. He served as President of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police, receiving the distinction of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He is the proud recipient of the 2011 Beth Sholom Brotherhood Humanitarian Award and was honoured in 2013 by the Canadian Tamil Congress for his leadership and tremendous service to the people of Toronto.
Minister Blair is dedicated to many social causes, having worked with some of Toronto’s most respected and effective organizations such as Covenant House, the United Way, and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. He also served on the Board of Directors of the former Scarborough Hospital Foundation (now the Scarborough Health Network Foundation), and was Vice-Patron of the Good Neighbours’ Club, a day centre for elderly homeless men now called Haven Toronto.