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Robert Goguen

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Robert Goguen
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Brian Murphy
Personal details
Born (1957-01-24) January 24, 1957 (age 59)
Moncton, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative
Profession Attorney

Robert R. Goguen QC (born January 24, 1957) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election.[1] He represents the electoral district of Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe as a member of the Conservative Party, and serves in the House of Commons as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. He is the past president of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick.[2] He has referred to himself as a Red Tory, meaning there is a strong concern for social programs.[3]

Education[edit]

Goguen graduated from the Université de Moncton in 1980 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then graduated in 1983 from the Université de Moncton with a law degree. He worked as an attorney at Actus Law for over 25 years.

Political career[edit]

Goguen was elected MP for the Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe riding in the 2011 federal election,[4] the first time a Conservative candidate had won the riding since 1988. Goguen ran for re-election in the 2015 federal election, placing second.[5]

Controversy[edit]

Goguen was the subject of press attention in July 2014 after comments at a meeting of the House of Commons Justice Committee, when he asked a woman, Timea Nagy, who was gang raped, if "the police authorities would have broken in and rescued you. Would your freedom of expression have been breached?."[6] Many considered the question to be inappropriate, but both Nagy and the minister defended the question.[7] Nagy has since said "While Mr. Goguen’s question was awkward, I was not personally offended."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election 2011: Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick: Executive Official website, retrieved July 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Un conservateur « rouge »". Radio-Canada. May 4, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Battleground Atlantic Canada: Liberals crushed". National Post. May 2, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe turns to Liberal Ginette Petitpas Taylor". CBC. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015. The Liberals wrestled the riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe back from the Conservatives in Monday's federal election, with Ginette Petitpas Taylor capturing the riding from Conservative Robert Goguen... Goguen captured the seat in 2011, securing it for the Conservatives for the first time in 23 years. 
  6. ^ "Timea Nagy not offended by Tory MP Robert Goguen's rape questions". CBC News. July 9, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Heartfield, Kate (July 9, 2014). "Meet Robert Goguen, the Conservative MP who turned rape into a bad joke". National Post. Retrieved October 21, 2015.