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Hédard  Robichaud
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The Honorable Hédard Robichaud was a politician and former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. Robichaud served in Parliament in multiple capacities. From 1953 to 1968, he represented New Brunswick’s Gloucester County as a Liberal Member of Parliament, and from 1968 to 1971, he served as a Senator, a position to which he was appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. During his time in Parliament, Robichaud sat on a variety of special committees, and from 1963 to 1968 he served as the Federal Minister of Fisheries.

After retiring from federal politics, Robichaud was appointed to the position of Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick from 1971 to 1981. He was the first Acadian Lieutenant Governor and was dedicated to supporting the collaboration between the Anglophone and Francophone communities in the province.

Robichaud was born in Shippagan on November 2, 1911, and he later lived in Caraquet. He was the son of Jean George Robichaud, a Canadian Member of Parliament from Shippagan who served from 1922 to 1926. Hédard Robichaud was married to Gertrude Léger with whom he had nine children. In 1997, a new regional office of Fisheries and Aquaculture opened in Caraquet and was dedicated in Robichaud’s honour.

In 1991, Hédard Robichaud published his memoir entitled Un politicien acadien au service des pêcheries (“An Acadian Politician at the Service of Fisheries”) about his time in politics. The book was published as part of the journal Revue d’histoire from the Société historique Nicolas-Denys. It recounts his time working for fisheries at both the provincial level and federal level, and also the years that he served as Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

Hédard Robichaud passed away on August 16, 1999 in Bathurst, NB.

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Officer of the Order of Canada - 1985

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Un politicien acadien au service des pêcheries

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