Greg Byrne

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Greg Byrne
MLA for Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak
In office
1995–1999
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Eric MacKenzie
MLA for Fredericton-Lincoln
In office
2006–2010
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Craig Leonard
Personal details
Born April 14, 1960
Harvey, New Brunswick
Political party Liberal

Greg Byrne, Q.C. (born April 14, 1960 in Harvey, New Brunswick) is a lawyer and a former MLA in the province of New Brunswick, Canada.

Byrne was educated at Fredericton High School, Saint Thomas University (where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1984) and the University of New Brunswick (where he received a Bachelor of Laws in 1987).

A Liberal, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 1995 provincial election. He joined the cabinet of Frank McKenna in 1997 as junior minister responsible for mines and energy. He resigned from cabinet in 1998 in order to run in the leadership convention to replace McKenna who had resigned later in 1997. Byrne finished second to Camille Thériault at the convention. Thériault named Byrne to his cabinet in the more senior roles of Attorney General of New Brunswick and Government House Leader.

Like many of his Liberal colleagues, Byrne fell victim to the massive Progressive Conservative sweep in the 1999 election, losing his seat by only 264 votes.

In 2002, he co-chaired the successful leadership bid of Shawn Graham to succeed Thériault. In 2003, he was elected president of the New Brunswick Liberals and he was re-elected in 2005. Byrne ran and won the riding of Fredericton-Lincoln running as a Liberal candidate in the 2006 election. Following the election, he was returned to the cabinet as Minister of Business New Brunswick and stepped down as president of the party.

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Provincial Government of Shawn Graham
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Victor Boudreau Minister of Finance
2009–2010
Blaine Higgs
Kirk MacDonald Minister of Business New Brunswick
2006–2009
Victor Boudreau
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
Mike Murphy Government House Leader
2010
Paul Robichaud
Bernard Lord Minister responsible for Communications New Brunswick
2006–2009
Victor Boudreau
Dale Graham Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick
2006–2009
Victor Boudreau
Percy Mockler Minister responsible for the
Population Growth Secretariat

2006–2009
Immigration and Repatriation Secretariat until April 2007
Victor Boudreau
Provincial Government of Camille Thériault
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
James E. Lockyer Minister of Justice and Attorney General
1998-1999
Brad Green
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
none Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick
1998-1999
Bernard Lord
Doug Tyler Government House Leader
1998-1999
Brad Green
Provincial Government of Ray Frenette
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
himself in
McKenna government
Minister of State for Mines & Energy
1997-1998
designation discontinued
none
Provincial Government of Frank McKenna
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
Albert Doucet Minister of State for Mines & Energy
1997
post was vacant for several months
following Doucet's resignation
himself in
Frenette government