2001.20 | Louis J. Robichaud

Louis J. Robichaud
1960-1970, 20th century
Canvas, leather and metal
102 x 56 cm
Gift of Louis J. Robichaud
This artefact belongs to: © Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

On June 27, 1960, an Acadian lawyer, Louis-J. Robichaud, became premier of New Brunswick. Robichaud's electoral platform, driven by the concept of "equal opportunity for all," included many social reforms, and that is what led him to victory. Robichaud thus became the first Acadian premier of the province. He held the position until 1970.

Shortly after acceding to power, Robichaud set up a royal commission of inquiry into higher education. The Deutsch Commission recommended the creation of the Université de Moncton, which opened in 1963. In 1969 the Robichaud government passed the Official Languages Act, making New Brunswick the only officially bilingual province in Canada. In practice, this meant that French-speaking citizens were now legally entitled to deal with the courts and the provincial government in their mother tongue.

  • What

    This office armchair belonged to Louis-J. Robichaud (1925-2005). The New Brunswick coat of arms is carved on the back.

  • Where

    Louis-J. Robichaud used this armchair in the Centennial Building in Fredericton, NB.

  • When

    Louis-J. Robichaud kept this armchair when he served as senator, from 1973 to 2000. He died in January 2005.

  • Who

    Louis-J. Robichaud was premier of New Brunswick from 1960 to 1970.