Fernand Robichaud

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Fernand Robichaud PC (born December 2, 1939) is a Canadian politician. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of Canada and a Senator in the Senate of Canada. When he was in the House of Commons, he represented the electoral area of Beauséjour. When he was in the Senate, he represented Saint-Louis-de-Kent, New Brunswick.[1] He was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Robichaud is most well-known for helping the leader of the Liberal Party, Jean Chrétien, in 1990. After Chrétien became leader of the party, he was not yet a member of the House of Commons. Usually, party leaders run in by-elections to get into the House of Commons, and represent the electoral area for a short time. Robichaud resigned as an MP so that Chrétien could win a by-election. When there was an election in 1993, Chrétien moved back to representing an area in Quebec and let Robichaud run for election in Beauséjour again.[2]

Chrétien later recommended that Robichaud should become a member of the Senate.[3] He officially joined the Senate on September 22, 1997. He stopped being a member of the Senate when he became 75 years old, on December 2, 2014. This is because in Canada's Senate, you cannot be over 75 years old to be a member.[4]

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  1. "Honourable Fernand Robichaud". Liberal Party of Canada. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  2. Maloney, Ryan (August 8, 2018). "Jagmeet Singh Follows Path Of Other Leaders By Seeking Seat Far From Home". HuffPost. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  3. Hamilton, Graeme (January 29, 2014). "Seven things to know about Canada's newly independent senators". National Post. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  4. Robichaud, Fernard (November 25, 2014). "The Honourable Fernand Robichaud—Inquiry". The Progressives. Archived from the original on August 5, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.

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