Government of New Brunswick


Changes to cabinet announced

New members of the Executive Council were sworn in at a ceremony held today in Fredericton, presided over by Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy. From left: Mary Wilson, minister of Service New Brunswick and minister responsible for Military Affairs; Richard Ames, minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; Kathy Bockus, minister responsible for Seniors; Premier Blaine Higgs; Sherry Wilson, minister responsible for Women’s Equality ...

Higgs sworn in as 34th premier of New Brunswick

Premier Blaine Higgs and the members of the Executive Council were sworn in during a ceremony at the legislative assembly in Fredericton. First row, from left: Bill Oliver; Mike Holland; Dominic Cardy; Higgs; Andrea Anderson-Mason; Dorothy Shephard; and Jake Stewart. Second row, from left: Ernie Steeves; Sherry Wilson; Mary Wilson; Carl Urquhart; and Gregory Thomspon. Third row, from left: Jeff ...

Ministers responsible for internal trade meet

Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, who is also minister responsible for trade policy, hosted the inaugural meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers under the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement today in Dieppe. From left: Heath MacDonald, minister of economic development and tourism (Prince Edward Island); Saul Polo, parliamentary assistant to the minister of finance (Québec); Melanson; federal Innovation, Science ...

Governor General’s first official visit to New Brunswick

The first official provincial visit by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette was to New Brunswick today. Payette’s welcome to the legislative assembly included an inspection of a 100-person honour guard of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment (5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown), and a 21-gun salute fired by the Royal Regiment of the Canadian Artillery School.

Health research chair on cannabis established at STU

Premier Brian Gallant joined representatives from St. Thomas University, Shoppers Drug Mart and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation to announce the establishment of a health research chair on cannabis at the university. From left: Dr. Bruno Battistini, the foundation’s president, CEO and scientific director; Jeff Leger, executive vice-president of pharmacy and health care for Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart; ...

Legislation to be introduced to enable public bodies to store data

The provincial government will introduce legislation today that would enable public organizations to store prepared data at the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training. From left: David Burns, vice-president of research at UNB; Ted McDonald, director of the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training; Health Minister Victor Boudreau; and deputy premier Stephen Horsman.

St. Patrick’s Day

Deputy premier Stephen Horsman (left), and Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris (centre), who is minister responsible for Celtic Affairs, participated in raising the flag of Ireland outside the legislature to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

Commission on Electoral Reform submits report

The Commission on Electoral Reform submitted its final report and recommendations to the Clerk of the Executive Council today. From left: commission members Constantine Passaris, Jason Alcorn and Gaétane Johnson; Judy Wagner, Clerk of the Executive Council and head of the public service; commission members Carolyn MacKay and Bev Harrison.

Report outlines choices being considered by government

The provincial government today released a report outlining the choices being considered as part of the Strategic Program Review. From left: Health Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for Strategic Program Review, and Michael Horgan, chair of the Strategic Program Review advisory committee.

Launch of Strategy for the Prevention of Harm for Children and Youth in New Brunswick

The Strategy for the Prevention of Harm for Children and Youth in New Brunswick was officially launched this morning at the annual State of the Child Breakfast hosted by the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. The launch is part of Child Rights Education Week, organized by the Child and Youth Advocate to encourage various stakeholders to promote and ...

New plan on official languages released

The new Plan on Official Languages for the public service was unveiled today. Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for Official Languages, spoke to the news media about the plan.

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to co-operate on new office

The provincial government will co-operate with Nova Scotia to create a new Joint Office of Regulatory and Service Effectiveness which will be responsible for promoting a modern, consistent and fair regulatory environment in both provinces. Premier Brian Gallant (right) and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement.

Discussion paper, engagement tour schedule for strategic program review released

Health Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for Strategic Program Review, released a discussion paper and an engagement tour schedule today and is encouraging New Brunswickers to participate in the process. From left: Miramichi Bay-Neguac MLA Lisa Harris; Boudreau; and Finance Minister Roger Melanson.

Strategic Program Review launched

The process for finding measures to eliminate the province’s deficit was announced by Health Minister Victor Boudreau, minister responsible for Strategic Program Review. Boudreau was joined by Michael Horgan, chair of the Strategic Program Review advisory committee. From left: Boudreau; and Horgan.

New lieutenant-governor installed

Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau was installed today as the new lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick during an official ceremony at the legislative assembly in Fredericton. The ceremony was hosted by Premier Brian Gallant, who noted Roy-Vienneau’s outstanding contributions to New Brunswick’s education system, and to the province as a whole. Seated: Roy-Vienneau. Standing, from left: Gallant; and Marc Léger, clerk of the Executive ...

Cabinet ministers announced

Premier Brian Gallant appointed his 12-member cabinet today. From left, first row: Roger Melanson; Donald Arseneault; Francine Landry; Gallant; Cathy Rogers; Victor Boudreau; and Ed Doherty. Second row : Bill Fraser; Rick Doucet; Serge Rousselle; Stephen Horsman; Brian Kenny; and Denis Landry.

Premier Gallant, Executive Council members named, sworn in

Premier Brian Gallant and the members of the Executive Council were sworn in this afternoon in a ceremony held at the legislative assembly in Fredericton. The ceremony was presided over by Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas and took place in the presence of the premier, Executive Council, the newly elected members of the legislature, their families and invited guests. From left: ...

Green Party to receive official party status in legislature

Premier-designate Brian Gallant said the government caucus will vote to grant the Green Party of New Brunswick official party status in the legislative assembly of New Brunswick. The announcement comes after a meeting between Gallant and Green Party leader David Coon. From left: Coon; and Gallant.

Date for swearing-in ceremony set

Premier-designate Brian Gallant, along with MLAs recommended for appointment to the executive council, will be officially sworn-in during a ceremony on Oct. 7. Gallant, left, who will become the 33rd Premier of New Brunswick, was formally invited to form government during a meeting with Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas.

Transition team announced

Premier-designate Brian Gallant announced a three-member transition team to liaise with the civil service in the period leading to the swearing-in of the new cabinet. From left: Len Hoyt; Ellen Creighton; Gallant and Don Ferguson.

New Brunswick participated in 70th anniversary of Normandy landings

A New Brunswick delegation was present in Normandy on June 6 to participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings, which were the prelude to the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi Germany. Miramichi Bay-Neguac MLA Serge Robichaud placed a wreath at the Juno Beach ceremony, one of several ceremonies which took place to ...

Performance excellence process receives national award

The provincial government’s performance excellence process received a national award for providing improved public service at a lower cost. The Canadian Government Executive Leadership Award was presented at the organization's Leadership Summit being in Ottawa. From left: Paul Crookall, editor emeritus, Canadian Government Executive Magazine; Jane Washburn, chief of strategy management, Executive Council Office; Judy Wagner, assistant secretary to Cabinet ...

Smart regulations will reduce red tape

A smart regulations system will reduce red tape and minimize the time and money New Brunswickers spend accessing government services, Economic Development Minister Bruce Fitch announced today. Fitch made the announcement as he unveiled the government’s plan to implement smart regulations across government. The goal is to reduce red tape by 20 per cent. From left: Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald; ...

Declaration signed to highlight Respectful Workplace Week in New Brunswick

Justice Minister and Attorney-General Marie-Claude Blais, who is also minister responsible for Women’s Equality, signed a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 2 to 8 to be Respectful Workplace Week in New Brunswick. From left: Sue O’Donnell, doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of New Brunswick; Blais; and Suzanne Maltais, education officer, New Brunswick Nurses Union.

New Brunswick guest of honour at National Assembly of France

The New Brunswick government was the guest of honour at the National Assembly of France in Paris when the documentary De Moncton à Kinshasa (from Moncton to Kinshasa) was presented in the Victor Hugo Room. Deputy Premier and Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud, who is also minister responsible for La Francophonie, met with representatives from organizations associated with La Francophonie. ...