Madeleine (Mado) Dubé was born on September 26, 1961, in Edmundston, the daughter of Adrien and Huguette Dubé. She attended the Université de Moncton, where she received a Bachelor of Social Work. She has completed course work toward a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in group intervention at Université Laval.
A social worker, she has worked for the Department of Health and Community Services (Edmundston and Grand Falls) and the Region 4 Hospital Corporation Drug Addiction Service. She was co-owner and president of a human development agency named Priorité Santé Inc. She also taught introductory courses leading to a certificate in drug addiction studies at the Université de Moncton – Edmundston campus, and is certified in the fields of family mediation, grievance mediation, defusing/debriefing, suicide prevention, and toxicology.
Ms. Dubé is an active member of the community. She is the co-founder and was treasurer of the Association des programmes d’aide aux employés du Nouveau-Brunswick, a member of the Edmundston Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Conseil de développement économique du Nouveau-Brunswick. She was a director of the Association des Foyers de Groupe du Madawaska and a referral agent for the school district and Region 4 Hospital Corporation EFAPs. She is a member of the Réseau des femmes d’affaires d’Edmundston.
Ms. Dubé was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the June 7, 1999, provincial election as the member representing the electoral district of Edmundston. She was re-elected in the June 9, 2003, provincial election and sworn in as Minister of Education on June 27, 2003.
On February 14, 2006, she was appointed Minister of Family and Community Services and Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Seniors.
She was elected as the first member to represent the new riding of Edmundston—Saint-Basile in the September 18, 2006, provincial election. She was a member of the Standing committees on Crown corporations and Legislative Administration and of the Select Committee on Life-long Learning.
She chaired the official Opposition caucus and she was official Opposition critic for areas of interest relating to social development, the Regional Development Corporation, Business New Brunswick and the Population Growth Secretariat.
She has been a member of the standing committees on public accounts and private bills and the Select Committee to Review Appointments by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council. She chaired the Select Committee on Health Care and she was a member of the committee on local governance. She is past-president of the Edmundston Progressive Conservative Association and is involved in policy development for the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party.
She was re-elected to the 57th Legislature in the provincial election held September 27, 2010. She was sworn in as a Member of the Executive Council October 12, 2010, and appointed Minister of Health.
Ms. Dubé is the vice-president of the New Brunswick Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF).
She lives in Edmundston with her husband, Mike. She has two children, Shawn and Paryse.