|Senator for New Brunswick|
September 22, 1997 – December 2, 2014
|Appointed by||Jean Chrétien|
December 2, 1939 |
Shippagan, New Brunswick
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 served on the municipal council for Saint-Louis-de-Kent from 1971 to 1974.
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.
From 2001 to 2004, he was deputy government leader in the Senate. He later served as vice-chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.
On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Robichaud, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents. According to Senate Opposition leader James Cowan, the Senators will still refer to themselves as Liberals even if they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.
He retired from the Senate on December 2, 2014 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
- "Trudeau's expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
|26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien|
|Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Secretary of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food) (Fisheries and Oceans)
|Secretary of State (Parliamentary Affairs)
|Special Parliamentary Responsibilities|
|vacant, previously Pierre Cadieux||Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons