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Camille Henri Thériault was born February 25, 1955, in Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick. He is the son of Joséphine Martin and L. Norbert Thériault. His father was a Cabinet minister in the government of former Premier Louis Robichaud in the 1960s. In 1971, the elder Thériault ran unsuccessfully in the race to succeed Mr. Robichaud before being named to the Senate.
He received his early education in Baie-Sainte-Anne and graduated from Baie-Sainte-Anne High School. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree with a major in political science from the Université de Moncton.
Active in community affairs, he was a member of ADEL-Kent-LEDA, Bouctouche Chamber of Commerce, and Bouctouche Golf Club. He was vice-president of corporate affairs for the United Maritime Fishermen Co-op and was manager of the Kent Industrial Commission.
He served as Regional Director of the Liberal Party for Kent Region and was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on October 13, 1987, as MLA for Kent South. Re-elected September 23, 1991, he was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture on October 9, 1991, by then-Premier Frank McKenna. He was a member of the Board of Management, co-chaired the Ministerial Committee on Creating New Options, and chaired the Legislature's Select Committee on Representation and Electoral Boundaries.
On April 27, 1994, he became Minister of Advanced Education and Labour. He was also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Policy and Priorities. Following his re-election on September 11, 1995, he was appointed Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, a key portfolio charged with drawing employers to the province. He also assumed responsibility for the Information Highway Secretariat.
On May 2, 1998, following the resignation of Premier McKenna, Camille Thériault was chosen to replace interim Premier Raymond Frenette as leader of the Liberal Party. On May 14, 1998, fulfilling a family dream, he was sworn in as the 29th Premier of New Brunswick. As Premier, he emphasized job creation policies, better health care, and excellence in education for all New Brunswickers.
He was re-elected in the general election held on June 7, 1999; however, his Liberal party was defeated by the Progressive Conservatives, and his short term as Premier ended on June 21, 1999. He served as Leader of the Opposition until his resignation on March 20, 2001.
Mr. Thériault was awarded the Ordre de mérite des diplômés et des diplômées de l'Université de Moncton as well as the Paul Harris Prize from the Club Rotary Bouctouche. He was also decorated with the Ordre de la Pléiade, receiving the rank of Grand Officier.
He and his wife Gisèle have two children and they reside in the Bouctouche area of New Brunswick.