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He is a three-term member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick representing the riding of Madawaska-les-Lacs for the Progressive Conservative Party. He was a member of Premier Richard Hatfield's cabinet.
Ouellet returned to politics as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Madawaska-Restigouche in the 2006 federal election but was defeated by incumbent Jean-Claude D'Amours in a close race.