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 Chuck MacNeil
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 in the 1988 provincial election.[1] He was re-elected in 1993,[2] and was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Finance in the Liberal government of John Savage.[3][4] From 1996, he served as Minister of Health. When Savage resigned in 1997, Boudreau entered the leadership race to succeed him,[5] but was defeated by Russell MacLellan,[6] prompting Boudreau to leave provincial politics.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Prior to the 2000 election, Boudreau was appointed Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.[10] Boudreau resigned from the Senate in order to run in Dartmouth for a seat in the House of Commons of Canada.[11][12] After a hotly contested campaign, he was defeated by incumbent New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Wendy Lill.[13]


  1. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1988". Elections Nova Scotia. 1988. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993". Elections Nova Scotia. 1993. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Historic Liberal cabinet sworn in". The Chronicle Herald. June 12, 1993. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "New cabinet in Nova Scotia smaller by one". The Globe and Mail. June 12, 1993. 
  5. ^ "Boudreau sets sights on top job". The Chronicle Herald. April 3, 1997. Archived from the original on July 12, 2001. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Boudreau ponders political future". The Chronicle Herald. July 14, 1997. Archived from the original on February 4, 1998. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "NDP will have first C.B. MLA in years". The Chronicle Herald. November 5, 1997. Archived from the original on June 6, 2000. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "PM appoints Bernie Boudreau to Senate". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 4, 1999. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "PM recruits Boudreau for Senate". The Globe and Mail. October 5, 1999. 
  10. ^ "Bernie Boudreau takes over ACOA amid criticism". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 18, 2000. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Boudreau betting big on winning MP's job". The Chronicle Herald. October 25, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Boudreau officially on the campaign trail". The Chronicle Herald. October 26, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "NDP's Lill keeps Boudreau, McInnis at bay in Dartmouth". The Chronicle Herald. November 28, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 

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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