Robert G. Thibault
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for West Nova
November 27, 2000 – October 14, 2008
|Preceded by||Mark Muise|
|Succeeded by||Greg Kerr|
September 29, 1959 |
Digby, Nova Scotia
|Residence||Concession, Nova Scotia|
Thibault served as a municipal councillor in Clare, Nova Scotia from 1988 to 2001 and was reelected in 2012. He is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada and a former member in the Canadian House of Commons, serving three terms as the representative of West Nova from 2000 to 2008. He won his first federal election in 2000. He was named Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) in 2001. He was Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 2002 to 2003. He won re-election in 2004. Thibault was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health from 2004 to 2006 under Paul Martin. In the 2006 election, he defeated Conservative opponent and former Nova Scotia cabinet minister Greg Kerr by 511 votes. On April 27, 2007, Thibault was named Liberal Critic for Competitiveness and the New Economy by Liberal leader Stéphane Dion. He was subsequently appointed Liberal critic for Health. Thibault was defeated in Canada's 40th general election on October 14, 2008, by Conservative opponent Greg Kerr.
On October 3, 2009, Thibault was once again nominated to contest the West Nova seat for the Liberals in the 2011 federal election. On May 2, 2011, Thibault was defeated in his comeback attempt, losing to Kerr by more than 4,000 votes.
In August 2008, Thibault caused controversy with some accusing him of ageism when he suggested that his Conservative opponent Greg Kerr was too old for the job. Only five days later, Thibault was accused of sexism when he called Marjory LeBreton, then government leader in the Senate, an "idiot" and suggested she should "go back to making tea" for former prime minister Brian Mulroney. Three months later, Thibault subsequently lost his seat in the 2008 election.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||George Barron||5,631||13.11||-3.78|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||42,954||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||356||0.82||+0.10|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||George Barron||7,097||16.89||-1.94||$12,741|
|Independent||Cindy M. Nesbitt||844||2.01||–||$10,570|
|Total valid votes||42,011||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||304||0.72|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||-2.46|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Arthur Bull||8,511||18.83||-2.30||$25,355|
|Total valid votes||45,189||100.00|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|Conservative||Jon Charles Carey||14,209||33.05||-1.06||$119,570|
|New Democratic||Arthur Bull||9,086||21.13||+9.90||$18,596|
|Total valid votes||42,996||100.00|
Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|Progressive Conservative||Mark Muise||12,080||34.11||-0.20||34,692|
|New Democratic||Phil Roberts||3,976||11.23||-9.23||$14,118|
|Total valid votes||35,420||100.00|
Results for the Canadian Alliance from 1997 are based on the results of its predecessor, the Reform Party.
- Clare municipal election results, 2012.
- Thibault wins tight race in West Nova, CBC News. November 28, 2000.
- "Thibault wrestles West Nova from Conservative Muise". The Chronicle Herald. November 28, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
- NS Liberal MP named new ACOA minister, CBC News. January 9, 2001.
- "Thibault wins with 43% of vote". The Chronicle Herald. June 29, 2004. Archived from the original on September 14, 2005. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
- Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion Appoints Robert Thibault as Liberal Critic for Competitiveness and the New Economy
- West Nova goes Conservative, CBC News. October 15, 2008.
- "Thibault re-nominated in West Nova". Novanewsnow, October 8, 2009.
- "Kerr repeats in West Nova". The Chronicle Herald, May 3, 2011.
- Nova Scotia MP charged with 'ageism' Canada.com
- Liberal MP apologizes for another taunt The Globe and Mail
|26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Herb Dhaliwal||Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
|Bernie Boudreau||Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)