Bill Blaikie is a retired United Church minister, who served in the Canadian House of Commons as the MP for northeast Winnipeg from 1979 to 2008. He retired from federal politics as the Dean of the House of Commons, having served in many capacities, including House Leader of the NDP from 1997 to 2003, and Parliamentary Leader of the NDP from 2003 to 2004. Subsequently he served as the Government House Leader and Provincial Minister of Conservation in Manitoba from 2009 to 2011. In 2011 his political memoir, The Blaikie Report – An Insider’s Look at Faith and Politics, was published by United Church Publishing House. He is currently an adjunct professor of theology and politics at the University of Winnipeg.