55th New Brunswick Legislature

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Rendition of party representation in the 55th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, at its first session after the 2003 election.
  Progressive Conservatives (28)
  Liberals (26)
  New Democrats (1)

The 55th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was created following a general election in 2003 and was dissolved on August 18, 2006.

Leadership[edit]

The speaker from its first meeting until February 14, 2006 was Bev Harrison who had served as speaker in the 54th Assembly as well. Harrison resigned from the post to join the cabinet.

Michael Malley was elected speaker by acclamation on March 28, 2006 and served in that role until the assembly was dissolved.

Premier Bernard Lord led the government for the whole of the life of the assembly.

Shawn Graham led the opposition for the whole of the life of the assembly.

From its forming to her resignation on October 13, 2005, Elizabeth Weir led the third party New Democrats. Following her resignation, the New Democrats were no longer represented in the assembly.

Members[edit]

All were elected in the 35th general election held on June 9, 2003 except for Victor Boudreau who was elected in a by-election on October 4, 2004 and Ed Doherty who was elected in a by-election on November 14, 2005.

The standings were changed further on January 13, 2006, when Frank Branch left the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent; and on February 17, 2006, when then Progressive Conservative MLA Michael Malley crossed the floor to sit as an independent thus putting Bernard Lord's government into a minority situation. Malley, while serving as speaker, changed his affiliation back to Progressive Conservative on April 13, 2006. Some controversy arose following this as following the 2003 election, the House unanimously passed a motion requiring the Opposition Liberals to pair a member with the speaker during meetings of committees of the whole in order to maintain the government majority in such situations. The Opposition argued that there was no precedent for a speaker to cross the floor and therefore, they did not recognize that a majority government existed and would not honour this motion under the circumstances. The House voted on May 30, 2006 to express confidence in the Speaker and therefore, implicitly, approve of his change of affiliation. From that date forward, the Liberals accepted Malley as a Progressive Conservative.

Members at dissolution[edit]

  Hédard Albert Liberal Caraquet
  Eric Allaby Liberal Fundy Isles
  David Alward Progressive Conservative Woodstock
  LeRoy Armstrong Liberal Kings East
  Donald Arseneault Liberal Dalhousie-Restigouche East
  Keith Ashfield Progressive Conservative New Maryland
  John Betts Progressive Conservative Moncton Crescent
  Margaret-Ann Blaney Progressive Conservative Saint John-Kings
  Roy Boudreau Liberal Campbellton
  Victor Boudreau Liberal Shediac-Cap-Pélé
  Frank Branch Independent Nepisiguit
  Rick Brewer Liberal Southwest Miramichi
  Thomas J. Burke Liberal Fredericton North
  Jody Carr Progressive Conservative Oromocto-Gagetown
  Ed Doherty Liberal Saint John Harbour
  Rick Doucet Liberal Charlotte
  Madeleine Dubé Progressive Conservative Edmundston
  Ralph Bruce Fitch Progressive Conservative Riverview
  John Winston Foran Liberal Miramichi Centre
  Brenda Fowlie Progressive Conservative Kennebecasis
  Dale Graham Progressive Conservative Carleton
  Shawn Graham Liberal Kent
  Brad Green Progressive Conservative Fredericton South
  Roland Haché Liberal Nigadoo-Chaleur
  Bev Harrison Progressive Conservative Hampton-Belleisle
  Trevor Holder Progressive Conservative Saint John Portland
  Tony Huntjens Progressive Conservative Western Charlotte
  Stuart Jamieson Liberal Saint John-Fundy
  Larry Kennedy Liberal Victoria-Tobique
  Brian Kenny Liberal Bathurst
  Kelly Lamrock Liberal Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak
  Denis Landry Liberal Centre-Péninsule
  Abel LeBlanc Liberal Saint John Lancaster
  Cy LeBlanc Progressive Conservative Dieppe-Memramcook
  Bernard Lord Progressive Conservative Moncton East
  Joan MacAlpine-Stiles Progressive Conservative Moncton South
  Kirk MacDonald Progressive Conservative Mactaquac
  Roly MacIntyre Liberal Saint John Champlain
  Michael Malley Progressive Conservative Miramichi-Bay du Vin
  Eugene McGinley Liberal Grand Lake
  Peter Mesheau Progressive Conservative Tantramar
  Percy Mockler Progressive Conservative Madawaska-la-Vallée
  Mike Murphy Liberal Moncton North
  Ronald Ouellette Liberal Grand Falls Region
  Burt Paulin Liberal Restigouche West
  Rose-May Poirier Progressive Conservative Rogersville-Kouchibouguac
  Carmel Robichaud Liberal Miramichi Bay
  Elvy Robichaud Progressive Conservative Tracadie-Sheila
  Paul Robichaud Progressive Conservative Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou
  Milt Sherwood Progressive Conservative Grand Bay-Westfield
  Wayne Steeves Progressive Conservative Albert
  Wally Stiles Progressive Conservative Petitcodiac
  Scott Targett Liberal York
  Jeannot Volpé Progressive Conservative Madawaska-les-Lacs
  Claude Williams Progressive Conservative Kent South

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

Former members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
54th Assembly
New Brunswick Legislative Assemblies
2003-2006
Succeeded by
56th Assembly