New Brunswick

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New Brunswick


Davies, Shayne, Canadian Parliamentary Review


The Fifty-sixth Legislative Assembly was dissolved on August 26, 2010, four years into the first mandate of the Shawn Graham Government. At dissolution the standings in the House were: Liberals 32; Progressive Conservatives 21; Vacant 2.

New Brunswickers elected a new government on September 27, 2010. The results of the provincial election, which for the first time was held on a fixed election date, gave the Progressive Conservatives a majority government with 42 seats, while the Liberals won 13. The election resulted in 26 new Members and the number of women parliamentarians increased from seven, in 2006, to eight. After failing to win a seat in the election, New Brunswick NDP Leader Roger Duguay resigned as party leader.

On the morning of October 12, Members of the Fifty-seventh Legislative Assembly took their Oath of Allegiance and signed the Members' Roll during a ceremony in the Chamber presided over by Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas. In the afternoon, David Alward, the Progressive Conservative Member for Woodstock, and the province's 32nd Premier, was sworn into Office along with fifteen Ministers.

Premier Alward was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the June 7, 1999, provincial election to represent the riding of Woodstock. He was re-elected in 2003 and sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture. He was reelected for a third term in 2006 and on October 18, 2008, he was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick.

Premier Alward's Cabinet consists of the following Members:

Hon. Marie-Claude Blais, Q.C., Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs;

Hon. Robert Trevors, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General;

Hon. Blaine Higgs, Minister of Finance and Minister of Human Resources;

Hon. Claude Williams, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure;

Hon. Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources;

Hon. Craig Leonard, Minister of Energy;

Hon. Michael Olscamp, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries;

Hon. Madeleine Dube, Minister of Health;

Hon. Trevor Holder, Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport and Minister of Tourism and Parks;

Hon. Sue Stultz, Minister of Social Development;

Hon. …

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