Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

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Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick(French)
57th New Brunswick Legislature
Type
Type
History
Founded 1785 (1785)
Preceded by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Leadership
Seats 55
Elections
Last election
September 27, 2010
Next election
October 27, 2014 or earlier
Meeting place
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Legislative Building, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Website
www.gnb.ca/legis/

The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Canada is located in Fredericton. It was established de jure when the colony was created in 1784, but came into session only in 1786, following the first elections in late 1785. Until 1891, it was the lower house in a bicameral legislature when its upper house counterpart, the Legislative Council of New Brunswick, was abolished. Its members are called "Members of the Legislative Assembly," commonly referred to as "MLAs".

Rendition of party representation in the current Legislative Assembly, as of October 12, 2010 following the 2010 general election.
  Progressive Conservatives (42)
  Liberals (13)

History[edit]

The New Brunswick Legislative Building is the current building that houses the Assembly. It opened in 1882, having been constructed by J.C. Dumaresq, following the destruction of the original building, known as Province Hall, by fire in 1880. It is a Victorian building with a 41 metre wide dome.

The legislative chamber is designed to have four rows on the government side and three rows on the opposition side. This is because elections have traditionally yielded a strong government majority; in fact on occasion, such as currently, even with many of the seats on one side of the House, the government has spilled over to the opposition side. Quite often the House is oriented to have only two rows on the opposition benches, in the event of a large opposition adding a third row makes the opposition benches rather crowded.

Current members[edit]

The current membership of the 57th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was elected on September 27, 2010 in the 2010 New Brunswick general election.

Name Party Riding
     Wayne Steeves Progressive Conservative Albert
     Brian Kenny Liberal Bathurst
     Greg Davis Progressive Conservative Campbellton-Restigouche Centre
     Hédard Albert Liberal Caraquet
     Dale Graham Progressive Conservative Carleton
     Denis Landry Liberal Centre-Péninsule-Saint-Sauveur
     Curtis Malloch Progressive Conservative Charlotte-Campobello
     Rick Doucet Liberal Charlotte-The Isles
     Donald Arseneault Liberal Dalhousie-Restigouche East
     Roger Melanson Liberal Dieppe Centre-Lewisville
     Madeleine Dubé Progressive Conservative Edmundston-Saint-Basile
     Pam Lynch Progressive Conservative Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak
     Craig Leonard Progressive Conservative Fredericton-Lincoln
     Troy Lifford Progressive Conservative Fredericton-Nashwaaksis
     Brian Macdonald Progressive Conservative Fredericton-Silverwood
     Jim Parrott Progressive Conservative Fundy-River Valley
     Danny Soucy Progressive Conservative Grand Falls-Drummond-Saint-André
     Ross Wetmore Progressive Conservative Grand Lake-Gagetown
     Bev Harrison Independent Hampton-Kings
     Brian Gallant Liberal Kent
     Claude Williams Progressive Conservative Kent South
     Bruce Northrup Progressive Conservative Kings East
     Paul Robichaud Progressive Conservative Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou
     Yvon Bonenfant Progressive Conservative Madawaska-les-Lacs
     Bernard LeBlanc Liberal Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe
     Bill Fraser Liberal Miramichi-Bay du Vin
     Serge Robichaud Progressive Conservative Miramichi Bay-Neguac
     Robert Trevors Progressive Conservative Miramichi Centre
     John Betts Progressive Conservative Moncton Crescent
     Chris Collins Liberal Moncton East
     Marie-Claude Blais Progressive Conservative Moncton North
     Susan Stultz Progressive Conservative Moncton West
     Ryan Riordon Progressive Conservative Nepisiguit
     Jack Carr Progressive Conservative New Maryland-Sunbury West
     Roland Haché Liberal Nigadoo-Chaleur
     Jody Carr Progressive Conservative Oromocto
     Sherry Wilson Progressive Conservative Petitcodiac
     Blaine Higgs Progressive Conservative Quispamsis
     Martine Coulombe Progressive Conservative Restigouche-La-Vallée
     Bruce Fitch Progressive Conservative Riverview
     Bertrand LeBlanc Liberal Rogersville-Kouchibouguac
     Hugh John "Ted" Flemming III Progressive Conservative Rothesay
     Glen Tait Progressive Conservative Saint John East
     Glen Savoie Progressive Conservative Saint John-Fundy
     Carl Killen Progressive Conservative Saint John Harbour
     Dorothy Shephard Progressive Conservative Saint John Lancaster
     Trevor Holder Progressive Conservative Saint John Portland
     Victor Boudreau Liberal Shediac-Cap-Pelé
     Jake Stewart Progressive Conservative Southwest Miramichi
     Mike Olscamp Progressive Conservative Tantramar
     Claude Landry Progressive Conservative Tracadie-Sheila
     Wes McLean Progressive Conservative Victoria-Tobique
     David Alward Progressive Conservative Woodstock
     Carl Urquhart Progressive Conservative York
     Kirk MacDonald Progressive Conservative York North

Party standings and seating plan[edit]

    Bertrand LeBlanc Haché   D. Landry           Parrott
    Doucet Bernard LeBlanc   Collins Albert   Kenny     Jack Carr Urquhart
    Arseneault Melanson   Gallant Fraser   Boudreau     Betts C. Landry
 
Graham
 
    Fitch Higgs   Alward P. Robichaud   Dubé Jody Carr   Holder Stultz   Olscamp Trevors
    Williams Leonard   Shephard Blais   Flemming Soucy   Lifford Northrup   Steeves Harrison
    Wilson Wetmore   Riordon Killen   Coulombe K. MacDonald   McLean Lynch   Malloch Davis
    B. Macdonald S. Robichaud   Tait Savoie   Bonenfont Stewart
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  • Dark blue represents members of cabinet, while light blue are backbench government members.
  • Large text represents party leaders.

The current party standings in the legislature are as follows:

Affiliation Members
  Progressive Conservative 41
     Liberal 13
     Independent 1
  Vacant 0
Total 55
Government Majority 27

See also[edit]