Bona Arsenault

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Bona Arsenault
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Matapédia
In office
1968–1976
Preceded by Clovis Gagnon
Succeeded by Léopold Marquis
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bonaventure
In office
1945–1957
Preceded by Alphée Poirier
Succeeded by Nérée Arsenault
Personal details
Born (1903-10-04)October 4, 1903
Bonaventure, Quebec
Died July 4, 1993(1993-07-04) (aged 89)
Political party Liberal
Cabinet Quebec:
Minister of Lands and Forests (1960-1962)
Minister of Fisheries and Game (1962-1963)
Provincial Secretary (1963-1966)

Bona Arsenault, CM (October 4, 1903 – July 4, 1993) was a Canadian historian, genealogist and a federal and provincial politician.

Born in Bonaventure, Quebec, the son of Joseph-Georges Arsenault and Marcelline Gauthier, he studied at Université Laval and University of Connecticut.

In the 1931 Quebec provincial elections, he ran unsuccessfully in the riding of Bonaventure and lost again in 1935 in the riding of Gaspé-Sud. Switching to the federal scene, in 1940, he ran as a National Government candidate in the Quebec riding of Bonaventure and was defeated. He was elected as an Independent candidate in the 1945 election. And was re-elected in 1949 and 1953, as a Liberal candidate. He was defeated in 1957.

Turning back to provincial politics, he was elected in 1960 as a Liberal in the riding of Matapédia. He was re-elected in 1962, 1966, 1970, and 1973. He was defeated in 1976. He was also a cabinet minister hold various posts in the Jean Lesage government, and he wrote the book Histoire et généalogie des Acadiens. In 1980, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

His grandson is Patrick Roy.[citation needed]

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