Community involvement has always been an important part of Robert Thibault’s life. He served as Chair of the Board of Governors of l’Université Sainte-Anne, and as president of a number of organizations including the Association of Municipal Administrators, the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia and the Clare Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Thibault was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for West Nova in November 2000. He went to Ottawa committed to having a strong voice within government – capable of fighting for the values, beliefs and rights of those living in West Nova.
Soon after the 2000 election, he was appointed Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. His appointment marked the first time in decades that Southwest Nova Scotia had a voice at the federal cabinet table.
On January 15, 2002 Prime Minister Jean Chrétien promoted Mr. Thibault to the important post of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Again, it was a noteworthy event in that he became the first Nova Scotian to be appointed to the fisheries portfolio in sixty-five years. He was also honoured to serve as the Regional Minister for Nova Scotia from January 2001 to December 2003.
He and his wife Janice Boudreau live in Concession.