FREDERICTON (GNB) – The names of the mover and seconder for the speech from the throne were announced today.

Saint Croix MLA Kathy Bockus will move the acceptance of the throne speech during the opening of the first session of the 60th legislature on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The motion will be seconded by Fredericton-York MLA Ryan Cullins.

“Ryan and I are proud to help begin our first legislative session,” said Bockus. “This is a critical time for New Brunswick, and we have the chance to reinvent our province. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government’s vision for a better future for New Brunswick has not changed.

“We have a plan to continue to build on our success. In this session, we intend to make progress in several key priority areas. We will energize the private sector; create vibrant and sustainable communities; ensure New Brunswickers have access to dependable health care; provide our children with a world-class education; develop an affordable, responsive and high-performing government; and focus on sustaining and protecting our environment.”

Bockus was first elected to the legislative assembly this year. She has a background in journalism as an award-winning newspaper reporter, editor and freelance journalist. Most recently, she worked as the constituency assistant for the late MLA Greg Thompson.

As an active member of her community, Bockus served on the organizing board of the Charlotte County Fall Fair. She also helped establish the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County, acting as its first interim director.

Cullins was first elected to the legislative assembly this year as well. For the last decade he has worked for a large Atlantic Canadian corporation in a business development role, covering a large territory within the province.

He has volunteered at many events and is also a volunteer scout leader, helping youth develop leadership skills and gain an appreciation for the outdoors.