Department of Economic Development (New Brunswick)

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The Department of Economic Development is a department in the Government of New Brunswick. It is charged with stimulating economic prosperity and global competitiveness in the province.

Created in 1944 during war time as the Department of Industry and Reconstruction, the Department has since had several name changes and has been known as the Department of Industry, Department of Economic Growth, and Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture.

The department was renamed Business New Brunswick on March 23, 2000 when Premier Bernard Lord restructured the New Brunswick Cabinet. It was created by subdividing the then Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. It was enlarged on October 9, 2001 when it absorbed the Department of Investment and Exports which has also been originally created from Economic Development, Tourism and Culture.

On October 12, 2010, new premier David Alward named a minister of economic development with responsibility for Business New Brunswick. The name of the department was officially changed to the Department of Economic Development on December 17, 2010.[1]

Ministers[edit]

Minister Term Administration
Minister of Industry and Reconstruction
J. André Doucet* September 27, 1944 - October 8, 1952 under John B. McNair
Minister of Industry and Development
J. Roger Pichette October 8, 1952 - July 12, 1960 under Hugh John Flemming
J. Michel Fournier July 12, 1960 - April 22, 1963 under Louis Robichaud
Minister of Finance and Industry
see Minister of Finance July 8, 1963 - April 1, 1968 under Louis Robichaud
Minister of Economic Growth
Robert J. Higgins April 1, 1968 - February 11, 1970 under Louis Robichaud
H. H. Williamson February 11, 1970 - November 12, 1970
A. Edison Stairs November 12, 1970 - July 18, 1972 under Richard Hatfield
Paul S. Creaghan July 18, 1972 - December 3, 1974
Lawrence Garvie December 3, 1974 - December 20, 1976
Minister of Commerce and Development
Gerald Merrithew December 20, 1976 - October 30, 1982 under Richard Hatfield
Paul Dawson October 30, 1982 - October 3, 1985
Minister of Commerce and Technology
Fernand Dubé October 3, 1985 - October 27, 1987 under Richard Hatfield
A. W. Lacey October 27, 1987 - December 19, 1990 under Frank McKenna
Allan Maher (acting) January 21, 1991 - October 9, 1991
Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
Denis Losier October 9, 1991 - August 3, 1994 under Frank McKenna
Leo McAdam August 11, 1994 - September 26, 1995
Camille Thériault September 26, 1995 - February 6, 1998
James Lockyer (acting) February 6, 1998 - May 14, 1998 under Ray Frenette
Minister of Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Roly MacIntyre May 14, 1998 - June 21, 1999 under Camille Thériault
Peter Mesheau June 21, 1999 - March 23, 2000 under Bernard Lord
Minister of Business New Brunswick
Joan MacAlpine March 23, 2000 - October 9, 2001 under Bernard Lord
Norman Betts October 9, 2001 - June 27, 2003
Peter Mesheau June 27, 2003 - February 14, 2006
Kirk MacDonald February 14, 2006 - October 3, 2006
Greg Byrne October 3, 2006 - June 22, 2009 under Shawn Graham
Victor Boudreau June 22, 2009 - October 12, 2010
Minister of Economic Development
Paul Robichaud October 12, 2010 – September 23, 2013 under David Alward
Bruce Fitch September 23, 2013 - present

*Doucet was minister of industry and reconstruction until 1948 and was thereafter minister of industry and development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ An Act to Amend the Executive Council Act