1923

Pierre Veniot becomes Premier of New Brunswick

Pierre Veniot is New Brunswick’s first Acadian premier.

Pierre Veniot was the Premier of New Brunswick from 1923 to 1925. He was the first Acadian premier in the province and the second Acadian premier in Canada, after Aubin-Edmond Arsenault, who was Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1917 to 1919. Veniot’s government and that his predecessor, Walter Foster, adopted modest measures to improve Acadians’ economic and educational situation, such as building roads in the northern part of the province, free textbooks and broader authorization for bilingual teaching in primary schools.

In 1926, Pierre Veniot became the first Acadian and the second Francophone from outside Quebec to be appointed to the federal cabinet (Raymond Morand, a Franco-Ontarian, served briefly in Arthur Meighen’s cabinet in 1926). He was known as the “Minister of Francophone Minorities.

Source: Library and Archives Canada, accession number 1985-136 NPC, C-009060

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