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Hédard Robichaud

Hédard Robichaud
Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
October 8, 1971 – December 23, 1981
MonarchElizabeth II
Governors 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
Born
Hédard Joseph Robichaud

(1911-11-02)November 2, 1911
Shippagan, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedAugust 16, 1999(1999-08-16) (aged 87)
Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Parent

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.

Electoral record

1965 Canadian federal election: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 14,121 60.61 +3.15
Progressive Conservative J. Léo Hachey 6,351 27.26 +7.82
New Democratic Martin Kierans 2,826 12.13
Total valid votes 23,298 100.00
1963 Canadian federal election: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,344 57.46 +0.40
Social Credit Joseph Dubé 5,365 23.10
Progressive Conservative Leo Ferguson 4,515 19.44 -23.50
Total valid votes 23,224 100.00
1962 Canadian federal election: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,519 57.06 +4.23
Progressive Conservative Antonio Robichaud 10,174 42.94 -4.23
Total valid votes 23,693 100.00
1958 Canadian federal election: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,112 52.83 -5.04
Progressive Conservative J. Léo Hachey 11,705 47.17 +5.04
Total valid votes 24,817 100.00
1957 Canadian federal election: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,052 57.87 +0.28
Progressive Conservative J. Léo Hachey 9,502 42.13 +0.91
Total valid votes 22,554 100.00
1953 Canadian federal election: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,330 57.59 +9.89
Progressive Conservative Albany Robichaud 9,542 41.22 -11.08
Co-operative Commonwealth Alphonse Landry 276 1.19
Total valid votes 23,148 100.00
Canadian federal by-election, 26 May 1952
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
On Clovis-Thomas Richard's acceptance of an office of
emolument under the Crown, 5 March 1952
Progressive Conservative Albany Robichaud 11,245 52.30 +22.08
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 10,256 47.70 -22.08
Total valid votes 21,501 100.00

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