Victor Boudreau

Victor E. Boudreau (born May 3, 1970) is a New Brunswick politician. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 2014 to 2018, representing the ridings of Shediac-Cap-Pelé and Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé for the New Brunswick Liberal Association, and was the Leader of the Opposition in the legislature.[1]

Victor Boudreau
Minister of Health
In office
October 7, 2014 – September 5, 2017
PremierBrian Gallant
Preceded byTed Flemming
Succeeded byBenoît Bourque
Leader of the Opposition
In office
November 10, 2010 – April 30, 2013
Preceded byDavid Alward
Succeeded byBrian Gallant
Minister of Finance
In office
October 3, 2006 – June 22, 2009
PremierShawn Graham
Preceded byJeannot Volpé
Succeeded byGreg Byrne
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Shediac-Cap-Pelé
In office
October 4, 2004 – September 22, 2014
Preceded byBernard Richard
Succeeded byriding redistributed
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé
In office
September 22, 2014 – September 24, 2018
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byJacques LeBlanc
Personal details
Born (1970-05-03) May 3, 1970 (age 50)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Michelle Arsenault


Boudreau was recruited to the Liberal Party in 1989 by Dominic LeBlanc and he attended the 1990 federal Liberal leadership convention to support Jean Chrétien. Chrétien, who was then without a seat in the House of Commons of Canada, ran in a by-election in Boudreau's riding of Beauséjour.

Following this initial engagement, Boudreau became very active in politics. He served as president of the Young Liberals and then worked for Fernand Robichaud when he was a member of the Cabinet of Canada and for Bernard Richard—his predecessor as MLA for Shediac-Cap-Pelé—when he was in the New Brunswick cabinet

Prior to his election to the legislature, he worked as village administrator of Cap-Pelé.[2]

Career as legislatorEdit

He was elected to the legislature in a by-election on October 4, 2004 to replace Bernard Richard, who had resigned to become the provincial ombudsman. Boudreau role of Health & Wellness critic in the shadow cabinet shortly after his election.

Graham ministryEdit

He was re-elected in 2006 and took on the role of finance minister in the cabinet of Shawn Graham.[2] Boudreau was given several additional responsibilities, both ministerial and non-ministerial.

New Brunswick Provincial Government of Shawn Graham
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Greg Byrne Minister of Business New Brunswick
Paul Robichaud
Jeannot Volpé Minister of Finance
Greg Byrne
Rose-May Poirier Minister of Local Government
Carmel Robichaud
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Kirk MacDonald Minister responsible for the Red tape Reduction
Roly MacIntyre Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation
Paul Robichaud
Greg Byrne Minister responsible for Communications New Brunswick
Margaret-Ann Blaney
Greg Byrne Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick
Bruce Fitch
Greg Byrne Minister responsible for the
Population Growth Secretariat

Donald Arseneault

Back in oppositionEdit

Following the Liberal party's defeat in the 2010 election, Boudreau was named interim leader of the party on November 10, 2010 after Graham stepped down.[1] Brian Gallant was elected leader of the party on October 27, 2012, and assumed the role of opposition leader when he won the district of Kent in a by-election on April 15, 2013.

Gallant ministryEdit

He was named Minister of Health by Premier-elect Brian Gallant on 7 October 2014.[3] He chaired the Strategic Program Review,[4] which was designed to solve a large gap, between $485 million and $600 million in the account books of the province.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "N.B. Liberals name ex-minister as interim leader" Archived 2010-11-13 at the Wayback Machine. CTV News, November 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Mary Moszynski, New N.B. finance minister called hard worker, with strong people skills: Victor Boudreau viewed as well-liked rising star in Liberal circles. Times & Transcript, Page A6, October 10, 2006.
  3. ^ "Brian Gallant unveils his 13-person Liberal cabinet", 7 Oct 2014
  4. ^ "Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick - MLA Bios - 58th Legislature - Hon. Victor Boudreau"
  5. ^ "Victor Boudreau gives last chance to weigh in on budget cuts", 11 Jan 2016
  6. ^ "Victor Boudreau pushing to save $600M in program review", 15 Jan 2016

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