53rd New Brunswick Legislature
Premier Frank McKenna led the government from the beginning of the assembly until he resigned on October 12, 1997. He was succeeded as Premier by Ray Frenette who served as interim leader of McKenna's Liberals until Camille Thériault was elected as permanent leader. Thériault led the government as Premier from May 14, 1998
The opposition was led from the forming of the assembly until 1997 by Bernard Valcourt, then by Elvy Robichaud who served as parliamentary leader of the Progressive Conservatives until Bernard Lord, who succeeded Valcourt as PC leader in 1997, gained a seat in 1998.
All were elected in the 33rd general election held on September 11, 1995 except for James Doyle and Peter Mesheau, elected in by-elections on November 17, 1997 and Shawn Graham, Brad Green and Bernard Lord elected in by-elections on October 19, 1998. Albert Doucet was removed from the Liberal cabinet on February 5, 1997 and then was removed from caucus in March of that year, sitting as an independent until January 30, 1998 when he was accepted back into the Liberal fold.
Members at dissolution
- Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, a Liberal, was first elected to the legislature in the 1987 election, she resigned in 1997 to accept an appointment as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.
- Frank McKenna, a Liberal, was first elected to the legislature in the 1982 election, he resigned in 1997 in conjunction with his resignation as Premier.
- Ray Frenette, a Liberal, was first elected to the legislature in the 1974 election, he resigned in 1998 following his resignation as Premier.
- Alan Graham, a Liberal, was first elected to the legislature in the 1967 election, he resigned in 1998 after retiring from the cabinet.
- Russell King, a Liberal, was first elected to the legislature in the 1987 election, he resigned in 1998 after retiring from the cabinet.
- Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick - Journals. Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. February 5, 1997.
- Porter-Staff, Tim. (January 30, 1998.) "Doucet back on Liberal side: Rebel MLA returns to flock". Daily Gleaner. Retrieved June 7, 2011, from Canadian Newsstand Atlantic. (Document ID: 1572761801).
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