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Daniel Guitard
Hon. Daniel Guitard
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

Daniel Guitard was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 22, 2014, as member for the Restigouche-Chaleur riding. He was Deputy Government Whip. In June 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Government Caucus and a member of the Jobs Board. He served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Economic Policy and the Standing Committee on Private Bills and as a member of the Legislative Administration Committee, the Standing Committee on Procedure, Privileges and Legislative Officers, and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Re-elected on September 24, 2018, as the member representing the riding of Restigouche-Chaleur, he was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on October 23, 2018.

Mr. Guitard’s political career began in the eighties, when he became a Pointe-Verte municipal councillor. In October 2006, he became executive assistant to Roland Haché, Minister of Environment and later Minister of Education. Mr. Guitard was elected Mayor of Pointe-Verte in the May 2012 municipal election. In January 2013, he became the first chair of the new Chaleur Regional Service Commission.

The son of Roland and Monica Guitard (née Frenette), of Pointe-Verte, he was born on October 1, 1959. He attended École Séjour-Jeunesse, in Pointe-Verte, and École secondaire Nepisiguit, in Bathurst. In 1979, he received a diploma in business administration from the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, in Bathurst. In 2012, he completed his training as a financial planner with the Canadian Securities Institute.

Mr. Guitard has extensive professional experience. In January 1981, he began a career spanning nearly 16 years with the federal Department of Employment and Immigration. In 1995, he went into business by acquiring a business specializing in the sale and servicing of recreational products. From 2011 to 2014, he was a financial planner with the National Bank and an agent with the Knights of Columbus international organization.

Mr. Guitard is married to Diane Lagacé. They have three children: Yves, who is married to Lucie Guitard, Andrée, who is married to Charles Aubé, and Luc. They also have two grandsons, Anthony and Jacob, and two granddaughters, Ariane and Chrystel.
Last updated : 4/5/2019
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