Bernard Thériault

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Bernard Thériault (born November 12, 1955) is a political figure in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. He became chief of staff to Premier of New Brunswick Shawn Graham on October 30, 2006.

Thériault was employed from 1978 to 1987 as curator and historian at the Acadian Historic Village in Caraquet, New Brunswick, his hometown.

He was elected as a Liberal to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 1987 election and was re-elected in 1991, 1995 and 1999. He joined the cabinet in 1994 as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. In 1997, he became Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs a post he held until the defeat of the Liberal government in the 1999 election. He also served as acting Minister of Education in 1998 while Bernard Richard stepped down from the post to seek the Liberal leadership.

He served briefly in opposition following the 1999 election before resigning in 2000 to run for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2000 federal election. He was defeated by incumbent New Democratic Member of Parliament Yvon Godin in the riding of Acadie—Bathurst.

Following his election defeat, he began to work for the federal civil service from 2000 to 2006. On October 12, 2006 it was announced that he would be leaving his federal post to become chief of staff to the new Liberal premier Shawn Graham effective October 30, 2006.

New Brunswick Provincial Government of Camille Thériault
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
himself in
Frenette government
Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
1998–1999
Green was Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs
Lord was Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Brad Green and
Bernard Lord
New Brunswick Provincial Government of Ray Frenette
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bernard Richard Minister of Education
1998 (acting)
Bernard Richard
himself in
McKenna government
Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
1997–1998
himself in
Thériault government
New Brunswick Provincial Government of Frank McKenna
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ray Frenette Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
1997
himself in
Frenette government
Camille Thériault Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture
1994–1997
Danny Gay
Other offices
Preceded by
Emery Robichaud
Member of the New Brunswick Legislature for Caraquet
1987–2000
Succeeded by
Gaston Moore

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