Joseph Daigle (New Brunswick politician)
|Chief Justice of New Brunswick|
|Preceded by||William L. Hoyt|
|Succeeded by||J. Ernest Drapeau|
|MLA for Kent North|
|Preceded by||Riding established|
|Succeeded by||Conrad Landry|
Joseph Zenon Daigle
June 23, 1934
Saint-Charles, New Brunswick, Canada
|Parents||Antoine J. Daigle &|
|Education||St. Joseph's College, University of New Brunswick, University of Paris|
|Occupation||Lawyer, judge, politician|
Early life and education
Of Acadian descent, Daigle was born in Saint-Charles, New Brunswick, and educated in his native New Brunswick, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph's College and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of New Brunswick before studying public international law at the University of Paris in Paris, France . He entered private practise in 1960 and served as a provincial court judge from 1967 until 1974 when he entered politics.
In the 1974 New Brunswick general election, Daigle was elected to the Legislative Assembly as the Liberal Party candidate for the newly created riding of Kent North. In 1978 he became leader of the provincial Liberal party and assumed the role of Opposition Leader in the Assembly.
In the 1978 election, Daigle was personally reelected while leading his party to a narrow loss. His Liberals garnered 44.36 per cent of the popular vote, just 0.03 per cent less than the winning Progressive Conservatives, and captured twenty-eight seats to the Conservative's thirty. Dissension arose within his caucus following the party's election loss in which 3.5 per cent of the popular vote went to the Parti Acadien, a party made up mainly of disgruntled former Liberals. He also attracted criticism for a campaign speech in which he referred to Premier Richard Hatfield as a "faded pansy", alluding to the Conservative leader's then-rumoured homosexuality.
Daigle resigned as leader and withdrew from political life, returning to the practice of law. In 1982, he was appointed Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick and was named its Chief Justice in 1994. He was appointed Chief Justice of New Brunswick in 1998, serving until 2003 when he was elected supernumerary status.
Retirement and later life
In 2004, the Government of Canada appointed Daigle as chair of its Miramichi and Acadie—Bathurst Electoral Boundaries Commission that successfully dealt with what had become a contentious political issue.
- Biography and cartoons for Joseph Daigle at the Government of New Brunswick Archives
- Biography, The Court of Appeal of New Brunswick
William L. Hoyt
| Chief Justice of New Brunswick
J. Ernest Drapeau
|Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick|
Robert J. Higgins
| Opposition Leader in the
New Brunswick Legislature
| Leader of the New Brunswick Liberals
| MLA for Kent North