Wayne Gaudet

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The Honourable
Wayne Gaudet
MLA for Clare
In office
May 25, 1993 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Guy LeBlanc
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party interim
In office
January 12, 2004 – October 23, 2004
Preceded by Danny Graham
Succeeded by Francis MacKenzie
Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party interim
In office
July 1, 2000 – April 13, 2002
Preceded by Russell MacLellan
Succeeded by Danny Graham
Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
November 18, 1996 – November 20, 1997
Preceded by Paul MacEwan
Succeeded by Gerry Fogarty
Personal details
Born (1955-08-12) August 12, 1955 (age 62)
Concession, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Residence Clare, Nova Scotia
Occupation teacher

Wayne Gaudet (born August 12, 1955) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Clare in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1993 to 2013. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.

Early life[edit]

Gaudet is a former teacher and high school vice principal. Born in Concession, Nova Scotia, he graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts at the Université Sainte-Anne and then received a Bachelor of Education at Saint Mary's University. He later settled in Church Point.

Political career[edit]

Gaudet was first elected in 1993,[1] and appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia on June 11, 1993, as Minister of Agriculture.[2] Gaudet served in a number of other cabinet posts during the 1990s, including Minister of Human Resources, Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs, Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Business and Consumer Affairs, and Minister responsible for Acadian Affairs.[3] He also served as Speaker of the House.[4] He served as interim leader of the party from 2000 to 2002, after Russell MacLellan's resignation and before Danny Graham was elected leader.[5] Gaudet also served as interim leader after Graham's resignation and before Francis MacKenzie's election.[6]

On January 18, 2013, Gaudet announced that he will not be running in the next provincial election, in part due to the new electoral map.[3][7]


  1. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1993. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Historic Liberal cabinet sworn in". The Chronicle Herald. June 12, 1993. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Gaudet quitting provincial politics". The Chronicle Herald. January 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  4. ^ "MacLellan makeover". The Chronicle Herald. July 19, 1997. Archived from the original on February 4, 1998. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  5. ^ "N.S. Liberals pick new leader". CBC News. April 13, 2002. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Businessman elected leader of Nova Scotia Liberals". CBC News. October 23, 2004. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Liberal MLA Wayne Gaudet won't run in next election". CBC News. January 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-20.