Office of the Premier

Premier's message on death of Joe Mombourquette (07/11/27)

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Nov. 27, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The following statement on the death of Joe Mombourquette, former cabinet minister and member of the Legislative Assembly, was released today by Premier Shawn Graham.

"I want to pay tribute to former MLA and cabinet minister Joe Mombourquette, who passed away yesterday.

"Mr. Mombourquette was born on Sept. 9, 1922 in Lower l'Ardoise, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After his education at St. Francis Xavier University, he served 32 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment. As a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, he served in the Second World War and the Korean War, and retired as a captain in 1972.

"He was first elected to the New Brunswick Legislature in the riding of Oromocto in 1982. He was appointed shortly afterwards to Premier Richard Hatfield's cabinet as Minister of Labour and Human Resources. When the department was reorganized in 1985, Mr. Mombourquette continued as Minister of Labour.

"Following his retirement from politics, Mr. Mombourquette served for 10 years with the Canadian Employment and Immigration Commission, first as a counsellor and then as manager of an employment centre.

"As a community leader in Oromocto, he served as a director of the Oromocto Heart Fund, a vice president of the National Association of Federal Superannuates, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Oromocto School Board and a director of the local United Way.

"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I would like to extend sincerest condolences to Mrs. Theresa Mombourquette as well as Mr. Mombourquette's children and his family and many friends during this difficult time."