Bernie Boudreau

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The Honourable
Bernie Boudreau
MLA for Cape Breton The Lakes
In office
Preceded by John Newell
Succeeded by Helen MacDonald
Minister of Finance
In office
1993 – June 27, 1996
Preceded by Greg Kerr
Succeeded by Bill Gillis
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Religion Roman Catholic

James Bernard "Bernie" Boudreau, PC, QC (born July 25, 1944 in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian lawyer and politician.

Boudreau was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from Cape Breton The Lakes, and served as Minister of Finance. From 1996, he served as Minister of Health in the provincial Liberal government of John Savage. When Savage resigned in 1997, Boudreau ran to succeed him but was defeated at the party's leadership convention by Russell MacLellan, prompting Boudreau to leave provincial politics.

In October 1999, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien recommended Boudreau for appointment to the Senate of Canada, and to the Cabinet as Leader of the Government in the Senate, replacing Alasdair Graham who had been Nova Scotia's representative in the government since June 1997.[1] It was also announced that Boudreau would be a candidate when the next federal election was held in order to help rebuild the federal Liberals in Nova Scotia, after the party lost all eleven seats in the 1997 federal election.[2]

Prior to the 2000 election, Boudreau was appointed Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.[3] Boudreau resigned from the Senate in order to run in Dartmouth for a seat in the House of Commons of Canada. After a hotly contested campaign, he was defeated by incumbent New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Wendy Lill.


  1. ^ "PM appoints Bernie Boudreau to Senate". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 4, 1999. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "PM recruits Boudreau for Senate". The Globe and Mail. October 5, 1999. 
  3. ^ "Bernie Boudreau takes over ACOA amid criticism". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 18, 2000. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 

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26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Alasdair Graham Leader of the Government in the Senate
Sharon Carstairs
' Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
Robert Thibault