FREDERICTON (GNB) – Changes were announced to the cabinet today, bringing in three new ministers. Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement.

“We have a strong team working on New Brunswick’s priorities of jobs, education, and health care,” said Gallant. “These changes will allow new perspectives and approaches to be used in advancing economic growth, educational opportunities, and health care innovation.”

A new portfolio of labour, employment and population growth has been created to better partner with the labour movement, workers and employers in ensuring New Brunswick has the workforce it needs to fill jobs needed to grow the economy. A new portfolio of agriculture, mines and rural affairs will be created to focus on job creation and growth in the traditional industries in rural New Brunswick.

“To continue to grow the New Brunswick economy, we must consistently work at growing our population and workforce, and we must support industries that are in rural New Brunswick,” said Gallant.

Several ministers are taking on added responsibilities:

  • Premier Brian Gallant will also serve as regional minister for Saint John and Southwestern New Brunswick;
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser will also serve as minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and regional minister for Central New Brunswick;
  • Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle will also serve as minister of Service New Brunswick and regional minister for Northern New Brunswick;
  • Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris will also serve as deputy government house leader;
  • Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny will also serve as minister responsible for Official Languages;
  • Treasury Board President Roger Melanson will also serve as minister of Post-Secondary Education and minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs;
  • Finance Minister Cathy Rogers will also serve as regional minister for Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick;
  • Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames will also serve as minister responsible for Poverty Reduction and the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation.

“These strong regional ministers will listen to the ideas and suggestions of the people in their regions in order to get things done that will grow the economy, improve education, and strengthen health care in all corners of New Brunswick,” said Gallant.

Three new ministers first elected in 2014 are joining the cabinet. Benoît Bourque becomes minister of Health; Andrew Harvey becomes minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs; and Gilles LePage becomes minister of Labour, Employment and Population Growth.

“These three hard-working New Brunswickers are welcome additions to our cabinet and I want to congratulate them on their well-deserved new roles,” said Gallant.

Donald Arseneault (first elected in 2003), Victor Boudreau (first elected in 2004), and Ed Doherty (first elected in 2005) are leaving the cabinet.

“I want to offer my sincere thanks to these three ministers who first joined cabinet in 2006,” said Gallant. “They will continue to contribute to our government through caucus.”

Backgrounders

The complete list of ministers is as follows:

  • Brian Gallant, premier, president of the Executive Council, minister responsible for the Education and New Economy Fund, minister responsible for Innovation, minister responsible for the Premier’s Council on Disabilities, minister responsible for Women’s Equality, regional minister for Saint John and Southwestern New Brunswick;
  • Stephen Horsman, deputy premier, minister of Families and Children, minister responsible for military affairs, regional minister for Greater Fredericton;
  • Denis Landry, minister of Justice and Public Safety;
  • Rick Doucet, minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, minister of Energy and Resource Development, government house leader;
  • Brian Kenny, minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, minister responsible for Official Languages;
  • Bill Fraser, minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, regional minister for Central New Brunswick;
  • Roger Melanson, president of the Treasury Board, minister of Post-Secondary Education, minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, minister responsible for Trade Policy;
  • Francine Landry, minister of Economic Development, minister responsible for La Francophonie, minister responsible for Opportunities New Brunswick;
  • Cathy Rogers, minister of Finance, minister responsible for Literacy, regional minister for Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick;
  • Serge Rousselle, minister of Environment and Local Government, Attorney General, minister of Service New Brunswick, regional minister for Northern New Brunswick;
  • John Ames, minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, minister responsible for poverty reduction and the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation;
  • Lisa Harris, minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, minister responsible for Celtic affairs, deputy government house leader;
  • Benoît Bourque, minister of Health;
  • Andrew Harvey, minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs;
  • Gilles LePage, minister of Labour, Employment and Population Growth.

Regional ministers:

An informal system of regional ministers has been in place in New Brunswick for many years, this has been formalized with five regional ministers who have been mandated to advocate on behalf of regions at the cabinet table, the regions are made up of the following electoral districts:

  • Northern New Brunswick (Serge Rousselle): Madawaska-les-Lacs-Edmundston, Edmundston-Madawaska Centre, Victoria-la-Vallee, Restigouche West, Campbellton-Dalhousie, Restigouche-Chaleur, Bathurst West-Beresford, Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore, Caraquet, Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou, Tracadie-Sheila;
  • Central New Brunswick (Bill Fraser): Miramichi Bay-Neguac, Miramichi, Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin, Carleton-Victoria, Carleton, Carleton-York, New Maryland Sunbury, Gagetown-Petitcodiac, Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins, Hampton, Quispamsis, Rothesay, Kings Centre,  Kent North,  Kent South;
  • Greater Fredericton (Stephen Horsman): Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton, Fredericton South, Fredericton West-Hanwell, Fredericton-York, Fredericton North, Fredericton-Grand Lake;
  • Saint John and Southwestern New Brunswick (Brian Gallant): Saint John East, Portland-Simonds, Saint John Harbour, Saint John Lancaster, Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West, Saint Croix;
  • Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick (Cathy Rogers): Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé, Shediac Bay-Dieppe, Memramcook-Tantramar, Dieppe, Moncton East, Moncton Centre, Moncton South, Moncton Northwest, Moncton Southwest, Riverview, Albert.

The following changes were made among departments and ministerial responsibilities with today’s announcement:

Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour:

This department continues as a single entity with a single deputy minister and management team but will be administered by two ministers: a minister of Labour, Employment and Population Growth and a minister of Post-Secondary Education.

Department of Intergovernmental Affairs:

This department has responsibility for intergovernmental affairs, official languages, trade policy and the Regional Development Corporation. Several ministers share these responsibilities.

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries and Department of Energy and Resource Development:

These departments have been administered by a single deputy minister and an integrated management team realizing great opportunities for collaboration between these important sectors and that work will continue, however, two ministers will now administer the departments.