FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will have its smallest cabinet in nearly 50 years, said Premier-designate Brian Gallant.

“We need a government focused on job creation, balancing our finances and making life more affordable for families,” said Gallant. “By naming fewer ministers we will lead by example and reduce costs at the top. We will also ensure better and more consistent policies by eliminating silos across government.”

Gallant’s cabinet will include 13 members, including the premier and 12 ministers. This will be the smallest cabinet since former premier Louis Robichaud in 1965.

In the first few months of the incoming government’s mandate, Gallant said restructuring will take place to reduce the number of departments, deputy ministers and other senior executives to further streamline the provincial government.

The new cabinet will be sworn in at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 in a ceremony to be held in the legislative assembly chamber in Fredericton. Members elected to the legislative assembly will be sworn in at a later date.