53rd New Brunswick Legislature

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Rendition of party representation in the 53rd New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, at its first session after the 1995 election.
  Liberals (48)
  Progressive Conservatives (6)
  New Democrats (1)

The 53rd New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was created following a general election in 1995 and was dissolved on May 8, 1999.


The speaker from its first meeting until July 21, 1997, was Danny Gay, Gay resigned the speakership to join the cabinet. John McKay was elected to succeed Gay as speaker later in the session.

Premier Frank McKenna led the government from the beginning of the assembly until he resigned on October 12, 1997. He was succeeded as Premier by Ray Frenette who served as interim leader of McKenna's Liberals until Camille Thériault was elected as permanent leader. Thériault led the government as Premier from May 14, 1998

The opposition was led from the forming of the assembly until 1997 by Bernard Valcourt, then by Elvy Robichaud who served as parliamentary leader of the Progressive Conservatives until Bernard Lord, who succeeded Valcourt as PC leader in 1997, gained a seat in 1998.

Elizabeth Weir led the third party New Democrats for the life of the assembly.


All were elected in the 33rd general election held on September 11, 1995, except for James Doyle and Peter Mesheau, elected in by-elections on November 17, 1997, and Shawn Graham, Brad Green and Bernard Lord elected in by-elections on October 19, 1998. Albert Doucet was removed from the Liberal cabinet on February 5, 1997[1] and then was removed from caucus in March of that year, sitting as an independent until January 30, 1998[2] when he was accepted back into the Liberal fold.

Members at dissolution[edit]

     Eric Allaby Liberal Fundy Isles
     LeRoy Armstrong Liberal Kings East
     Jane Barry Liberal Saint John Lancaster
     Edmond Blanchard Liberal Campbellton
     Vaughn Blaney Liberal Oromocto-Gagetown
     Ann Breault Liberal Western Charlotte
     Greg Byrne Liberal Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak
     Georgie Day Liberal Hampton-Belleisle
     Carolle de Ste. Croix Liberal Dalhousie-Restigouche East
     Jean-Camille DeGrâce Liberal Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou
     Gene Devereux Liberal Moncton North
     Albert Doucet Liberal Nigadoo-Chaleur
     Harry Doyle Liberal Albert
     James Doyle Liberal Miramichi-Bay du Vin
     Paul Duffie Liberal Grand Falls Region
     John Flynn Liberal York
     Danny Gay Liberal Miramichi Bay
     Dale Graham Progressive Conservative Carleton
     Shawn Graham Liberal Kent
     Brad Green Progressive Conservative Fredericton South
     Stuart Jamieson Liberal Saint John-Fundy
     Laureen Jarrett Liberal Saint John-Kings
     Kenneth Johnson Liberal Rogersville-Kouchibouguac
     Al Kavanaugh Liberal Riverview
     Larry Kennedy Liberal Victoria-Tobique
     Joan Kingston Liberal New Maryland
     Alban Landry Liberal Nepisiguit
     Denis Landry Liberal Centre-Péninsule
     Peter LeBlanc Liberal Kennebecasis
     Sheldon Lee Liberal Charlotte
     James E. Lockyer Liberal Moncton South
     Bernard Lord Progressive Conservative Moncton East
     Reg MacDonald Liberal Southwest Miramichi
     Roly MacIntyre Liberal Saint John Champlain
     John McKay Liberal Miramichi Centre
     Ken MacLeod Liberal Moncton Crescent
     Leo McAdam Liberal Saint John Portland
     Marcelle Mersereau Liberal Bathurst
     Peter Mesheau Progressive Conservative Tantramar
     Percy Mockler Progressive Conservative Madawaska-la-Vallée
     Greg O'Donnell Liberal Dieppe-Memramcook
     David Olmstead Liberal Mactaquac
     Bernard Richard Liberal Shediac-Cap-Pélé
     Elvy Robichaud Progressive Conservative Tracadie-Sheila
     Jean-Paul Savoie Liberal Restigouche West
     Milt Sherwood Progressive Conservative Grand Bay-Westfield
     Bruce Smith Liberal Woodstock
     Hollis Steeves Liberal Petitcodiac
     Camille Thériault Liberal Kent South
     Bernard Thériault Liberal Caraquet
     Doug Tyler Liberal Grand Lake
     Bernard Valcourt Progressive Conservative Edmundston
     Jeannot Volpé Progressive Conservative Madawaska-les-Lacs
     Elizabeth Weir New Democratic Saint John Harbour
     Jim Wilson Liberal Fredericton North

Bold denotes a member of the cabinet.
Italics denotes a party leader
† denotes the Speaker

Former members[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick - Journals. Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. February 5, 1997.
  2. ^ Porter-Staff, Tim. (January 30, 1998.) "Doucet back on Liberal side: Rebel MLA returns to flock". Daily Gleaner. Retrieved June 7, 2011, from Canadian Newsstand Atlantic. (Document ID: 1572761801).
Preceded by
52nd Assembly
New Brunswick Legislative Assemblies
Succeeded by
54th Assembly