Rebecca Blaikie (born January 1, 1978 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian politician currently serving as the President of the New Democratic Party (NDP).
She is the daughter of Bill Blaikie, a former NDP Member of Parliament from Winnipeg, Deputy Leader of the party, and provincial cabinet minister.
She has a degree in Canadian social history from the University of Winnipeg.
Candidate for the New Democratic Party
Blaikie was a candidate for the NDP in the 2004 Canadian federal election in then-Prime Minister Paul Martin's electoral district of LaSalle—Émard in Montreal, Quebec.She received 4.97% of the vote share, and was not elected. She did however receive a large amount of press coverage.
As executive director of the party's Quebec wing, she was one of the architects of Thomas Mulcair's historic victory in the 2007 Outremont by-electionand was widely credited with setting the groundwork for the party's historic breakthrough in the province in the 2011 election.
She then returned to Manitoba to work for the provincial government. She ran in the 2011 in the district of Winnipeg North.She received 35.41% of the vote, narrowly losing to Kevin Lamoureux by 44 votes (0.17%).
NDP Treasurer and President
Blaikie was elected treasurer of the NDP at the Vancouver convention in 2011, alongside Brian Topp who had been elected president. After Jack Layton's death, Topp resigned as party president to run in the leadership race. As the party's federal
council may fill vacancies with one of its own members, it chose Blaikie to fill the seat of president.
One of Blaikie's first notable acts as party president was to preside over the leadership election.