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Donald Arseneault
Hon. Donald Arseneault
Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs
Minister responsible for Official Languages
Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

Donald Arseneault was re-elected to the 58th Legislature for a fourth term in the provincial election held September 22, 2014, as member for the Campbellton-Dalhousie riding.

On October 7, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister responsible for Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Efficiency NB. In June 2016, he was appointed Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. He has also kept his appointment as Minister responsible for Official Languages. He is a member of the Priorities Board and the Jobs Board.

He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the June 9, 2003, provincial election. He was re-elected in the September 18, 2006, provincial election. On October 3, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources. He served in this capacity until November 12, 2008, when he was appointed Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. He was appointed Minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative on June 22, 2009. On April 1, 2010, he was appointed Minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. On May 11, 2010, he became Deputy Premier. He is also a former minister responsible for the Madawaska region.

He is a former Deputy House Leader and member of the Board of Management and the Policy and Priorities Cabinet committee. He served on the board of Provincial Holdings Ltd for four years.

During his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources, he was National Co-Chair of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers for 2008. As Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, he was National Co-Chair of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers for 2010.

While he was a member of the official opposition, he was critic for interests relating to health, finance, tourism, human resources, intergovernmental affairs, international relations, and the Regional Development Corporation. He also served as caucus chair. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, and Vice-President of the New Brunswick section of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.
Last updated : 10/28/2016
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