|Bev Harrison speaking at the unveiling of the Credo monument on June 15, 2008|
|Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick|
|Preceded by||John McKay|
|Succeeded by||Michael Malley|
|MLA for Saint John-Fundy|
|Preceded by||Bill Woodroffe|
|Succeeded by||Stuart Jamieson|
|MLA for Hampton-Kings
|Preceded by||Georgie Day|
May 10, 1942 |
Saint John, New Brunswick
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Progressive Conservative (1978-2014)|
|Residence||Hampton, New Brunswick|
Harrison was first elected to the legislature in 1978 to represent Saint John-Fundy and was re-elected in 1982. In 1985, he, and two other Saint John-area MLAs, undertook a caucus revolt calling for the resignation of Premier Richard Hatfield. Hatfield made some concessions to them and they were re-integrated to caucus.
Harrison was defeated in the 1987 election which saw the Opposition Liberals sweep every seat in the province. Harrison was again defeated in Saint John-Fundy in the 1991 election. He did not contest the 1995 election.
Return to teaching
In the 1999 election, he was re-elected to the legislature for the riding of Hampton-Kings. He was acclaimed as Speaker on July 6, 1999. Re-elected to the legislature in the 2003 election, he was also re-elected, again by acclamation, as Speaker on July 29, 2003. He resigned from his post as speaker on February 14, 2006 when he was named to the cabinet as Government House Leader in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and Minister of Supply and Services.
He was re-elected in the 2006 general election, however his party lost and as a result Harrison sat on the opposition benches for the first time in his 15 years in the legislature.
In 2010, Harrison was re-elected with 57% of the vote with his nearest opponent garnering 22%. Harrison announced that he would be seeking the New Democratic Party nomination in the district of Hampton for the 2014 election.
- "Bev Harrison". MLA Bios - 56th Legislature. Government of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
- Starr, Richard (1988). Richard Hatfield: The Seventeen Year Saga. pp. 218–222. ISBN 0-88780-153-6.
- "Saint John-Fundy". New Brunswick Votes 2003. CBC News. 2003. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
- "Ex-Tory Bev Harrison will run for NDP in next election". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
|Provincial Government of Bernard Lord|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Dale Graham||Minister of Supply and Services
|Special Cabinet Responsibilities|
|Brad Green||Government House Leader