Jean L. Gauvin
Enthroned on the Wall of Fame posthumously
Jean L. Gauvin was born in Inkerman, in the Acadian Peninsula, November 15, 1945. His Acadian parents were Joseph Gauvin and Hélène Robichaud.
He was a member of the Legislative Assembly representing Shippagan les îles under the Progressive Conservative Party of NB for three mandates: 1978-1982, 1982-1987 and 1991-1995.
In Cabinet, he was Minister of Fisheries from 1978-1985 as well as Minister of Housing from 1985-1987. Little anecdote: His choice of a Trans-Am Sport car while being a minister has earned him the nickname “Vroom, Vroom”.
The Acadian Peninsula’s fishing flotilla was replaced under his leadership. He was very active in supporting the francophone linguistic cause. He played a leading role when Law 88 was added to the Canadian Constitution.
He died of heart failure at the age of 61 on June 6, 2007.
Donated by the PC Association of Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou.