L’HONORABLE Louis J. Robichaud was born in Saint-Antoine, Kent County, New Brunswick, on October 21st 1925, the son of Amédée and Annie Robichaud, née Richard. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1952. He was first elected as the Deputy for Kent in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in September 1952 and re-elected in 1956 and 1960. Mr. Robichaud was elected as Leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick in October 1958, acting as Opposition Leader from 1959 – 1960. During the general election of June 22nd 1960 he became the first Acadian to be elected premier of his province. His government was sworn in on July 12th 1960. He was subsequently re-elected during the general elections of April 1963 and September 1967.
He was sworn in as a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada by Queen Elizabeth II in Montreal on July 5th 1967.
Although he was personally re-elected during the general election of October 1970, his government was defeated. On the 10th of April 1971, he resigned as Opposition Leader and was named President of the Canadian section of International Joint Commission on May 1st 1971. Mr. Robichaud was appointed to the Senate of Canada on May 1st 1971, from which he retired on October 21st 2000.
During his career, several Canadian and International universities conferred him Honorary Doctorates, including his Alma Mater the Université du Sacré-Cœur in Bathurst and Université Laval, in Québec. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of New Brunswick and Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France.
From his first marriage to Lorraine Savoie of Néguac, N.-B., subsequently deceased, he had three sons and one daughter: Jean-Claude, Paul, René and Monik. He later remarried to Jacqueline Clément, of Ottawa. Regarding his life and career, the following works may be consulted: Michel Cormier, Louis J. Robichaud – Une révolution si peu tranquille, Moncton, Les Éditions de la Francophonie, 2004 and: L’ère Louis J. Robichaud, 1960-1970, Actes du colloque, Moncton, Institut canadien de recherche sur le développement régional, Collection MARITIMES, 2001.
There will be a municipal council public meeting this Tuesday October 30th at 7:30 pm in the council’s chamber. All are welcome!