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Fernand Robichaud

Assumed office 
September 22, 1997
Appointed by Jean Chrétien

Born December 2, 1939 (1939-12-02) (age 70)
Shippagan, New Brunswick
Political party Liberal

Fernand Robichaud, PC (born December 2, 1939) is a Canadian politician.

He was born in Shippagan, New Brunswick and received a teaching certificate from the Moncton Technical Institute. Before entering politics, Robichaud was a teacher and businessman. He also served on the municipal council for Saint-Louis-de-Kent.

Robichaud was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 election representing the riding of Westmorland—Kent, New Brunswick.

In the 1988 election, he was re-elected representing Beauséjour.

In 1990, he resigned his seat in order to allow newly elected Liberal leader Jean Chrétien to enter the House of Commons through a by-election.

Robichaud served as Special Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition until returning to the House in the 1993 election. With the election of Chrétien as Prime Minister, Robichaud became Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs. In 1994, he was appointed Secretary of State for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Fisheries, and Oceans.

Robichaud did not run in the 1997 election and was appointed on Chrétien's recommendation to the Canadian Senate on September 23, 1997.

From 2001 to 2004, he was deputy government leader in the Senate.

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26th Ministry - Government of Jean Chrétien
Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Title Successor
Secretary of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food) (Fisheries and Oceans)
Gilbert Normand
Secretary of State (Parliamentary Affairs)
Alfonso Gagliano
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
vacant, previously Pierre Cadieux Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Alfonso Gagliano


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