Hédard Robichaud

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The Hon.

Hédard Robichaud
Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
October 8, 1971 – December 23, 1981
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralRoland Michener
Jules Léger
Edward Schreyer
PremierRichard Hatfield
Preceded byWallace Samuel Bird
Succeeded byGeorge Stanley
Senator for Gloucester, New Brunswick
In office
June 28, 1968 – October 8, 1971
Appointed byPierre Trudeau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Gloucester
In office
August 10, 1953 – June 25, 1968
Preceded byAlbany Robichaud
Succeeded byHerb Breau
Personal details
Hédard Joseph Robichaud

(1911-11-02)November 2, 1911
Shippagan, New Brunswick
DiedAugust 16, 1999(1999-08-16) (aged 87)
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Political partyLiberal
RelationsJean George Robichaud, father

Hédard Joseph Robichaud, PC OC (November 2, 1911 – August 16, 1999) was an Acadian-Canadian Member of Parliament, Cabinet member, Senator and the first Acadian to be Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

Born in Shippagan, New Brunswick, the son of Jean George Robichaud and Amanda Boudreau, he received a B.A. from the Université Saint-Joseph, later the University of Moncton, in 1931.

He first ran for the House of Commons as a Liberal candidate in a 1952 by-election in the riding of Gloucester, New Brunswick and lost. He was elected in the 1953 federal election, and was re-elected in the 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963 and 1965 elections. From 1963 to 1968, he was the Minister of Fisheries.

In 1968, he was appointed to the Senate representing the Senatorial division of Gloucester, New Brunswick. He resigned in 1971 to become the 24th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. He served in that position until 1981.

In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1]

He was the husband of Gertrude Léger (1916-2011) and the father of nine.


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