Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
|Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick|
Active provincial party
|Leader||Bruce Fitch (interim)|
|Ideology||Progressive conservatism, Red Toryism|
|Colours||Blue, Red, Yellow|
|Seats in Legislature|
|Politics of New Brunswick
The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick is a conservative political party in New Brunswick, Canada. The party has its origins in the pre-Canadian confederation Conservative Party that opposed the granting of responsible government to the colony. Conservative supporters tended to be United Empire Loyalists and supporters of the business community.
The Tories have alternated power with the New Brunswick Liberal Association since Confederation. The party tends to hold a moderate Red Tory and Christian Democratic position, being socially and fiscally centrist. For most of New Brunswick's history, the party had greater support among English speakers, while the Liberals were more popular among Acadians. However, initiatives by the governments of Richard Hatfield and Bernard Lord to include Acadians in the mainstream of New Brunswick life helped the party make inroads in Acadia. In fact, even though he was born in Quebec, former Premier Bernard Lord is widely perceived to be an Acadian, due to his Francophone heritage and the fact that he was raised in Moncton where he attended French language schools and university.
The party was aligned with the historic federal Conservative party. When the federal party changed its name to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1942, the New Brunswick party did the same. The federal Progressive Conservative Party dissolved in 2003 in order to merge with the Canadian Alliance, and a new Conservative Party of Canada was created. The provincial party has no formal link with the current federal Conservative Party, but several of its members and elected MLAs, including former Premier Lord, publicly endorsed the federal party and in some cases its candidates in both the 2004 and 2006 federal elections.
Following the change of government in 2006 provincial election, Bernard Lord resigned as leader on December 13, 2006 and as the member of Moncton East. On December 19, Jeannot Volpé, MLA for Madawaska-les-Lacs, was selected as interim leader. On October 18, 2008 David Alward, MLA for Woodstock, was elected leader of the party at the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick Leadership Convention in Fredericton. Alward beat his only opponent, Robert MacLeod, by a margin of 2,269 votes to 1,760.
The Progressive Conservatives won a sweeping majority, with 42 of 55 seats in the 2010 provincial election. In doing so, PC party leader David Alward became the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick. His government was defeated after one term in the 2014 provincial election, after which Alward announced his resignation as party leader — On October 18, 2014 Bruce Fitch was selected as interim leader of the party and Leader of the Opposition of New Brunswick.
Current members of the legislature
- List of New Brunswick premiers
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