Daniel Guitard was re-elected to the 59th Legislature on September 24, 2018, as the member representing the riding of Restigouche-Chaleur. He was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on October 23, 2018.
Daniel Guitard was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 22, 2014, as member for the Restigouche-Chaleur riding. He was Deputy Government Whip. In June 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Government Caucus and a member of the Jobs Board. He was also Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Economic Policy and the Standing Committee on Private Bills and a member of the Legislative Administration Committee, the Standing Committee on Procedure, Privileges and Legislative Officers, and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Mr. Guitard’s political career began in the eighties when he became a Pointe-Verte municipal councilor. In October 2006, he became executive assistant to Roland Haché, Minister of the Environment and later Minister of Education. Mr. Guitard was elected Mayor of Pointe-Verte in the May 2012 municipal election. In January 2013, he became the first chair of the new Chaleur Regional Service Commission.
Daniel Guitard, son of Roland and Monica Guitard (née Frenette), of Pointe-Verte, was born on October 1, 1959. He attended École Séjour-Jeunesse, in Pointe-Verte, and École secondaire Nepisiguit, in Bathurst. In 1979, he received a diploma in business administration from the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, in Bathurst. In 2012, he completed his training as a financial planner with the Canadian Securities Institute.
He has extensive professional experience. He started out as a credit officer with the Canadian Acceptance Corporation. In January 1981, he began a career spanning nearly 16 years with the federal Department of Employment and Immigration. He rose through the ranks, going from claims clerk to unit head, before becoming a program officer and, finally, a community economic development adviser. In 1995, he went into business by acquiring a business specializing in the sale and servicing of recreational products. His business grew at a terrific rate. On five occasions, he won the silver award for dealers with the best customer ratings for after-sales service. In April 2011, he became a financial planner with the National Bank and an agent with the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Guitard has been very active in his community as the chair of various festivals, a minor hockey and baseball team manager, a municipal councilor, and the chair of Atlas Park. He sat on the Belledune District Planning Commission and the NBPP Regional Police joint committee. For several years, he was an adviser to the franchise advisory committee of the Quebec franchiser Joe Rent All. He remains an active member of the Knights of Columbus council in his village.
Mr. Guitard is married to Diane Lagacé. They have three children: Yves, 30, who is married to Lucie Guitard, Andrée, 27, who is married to Charles Aubé, and Luc, 25. They also have two grandsons, Anthony and Jacob, and three granddaughters, Ariane, Chrystel and Lyanna.