56th New Brunswick Legislature

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Rendition of party representation in the 56th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, if it sat immediately after the 2006 election.
  Liberals (29)
  Progressive Conservatives (26)

The 56th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was created following a general election in 2006. Its members were sworn-in on October 3, 2006 but it was called into session by the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick on February 6, 2007.[1]


Eugene McGinley, was elected speaker at the first session of the Assembly on February 6, 2007[2] but resigned on October 31, 2007[3] to join the cabinet. Roy Boudreau was elected speaker on November 27, 2007.[4]

Premier of New Brunswick Shawn Graham leads the government.

Former Premier Bernard Lord was nominal leader of the opposition until January 31, 2007 at which time he resigned his seat and was replaced by interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives, Jeannot Volpé. On October 18, 2008, David Alward was elected leader of the Progressive Conservatives, his first sitting as leader of the opposition was November 25, 2008.


Most of the current members were elected at the 36th general election held on September 18, 2006. The exceptions are Chris Collins, who was elected in a by-election on March 5, 2007 as a result of the resignation of Bernard Lord on January 31, 2007; Jack Carr, who was elected in a by-election on November 3, 2008 as a result of the resignation of Keith Ashfield; and Burt Paulin, who was elected in a by-election on March 9, 2009 as a result of the resignation of Percy Mockler, Paul took his seat on March 20, 2009. The standing of the legislature also changed when MLAs Joan MacAlpine-Stiles and Wally Stiles crossed the floor from the Progressive Conservatives to the Liberals on April 17, 2007.

Name Party Riding Notes
  Hédard Albert Liberal Caraquet
  David Alward Progressive Conservative Woodstock
  Donald Arseneault Liberal Dalhousie-Restigouche East
  John Betts Progressive Conservative Moncton Crescent
  Margaret-Ann Blaney Progressive Conservative Rothesay
  Roy Boudreau Liberal Campbellton-Restigouche Centre
  Victor Boudreau Liberal Shediac-Cap-Pélé
  Rick Brewer Liberal Southwest Miramichi
  Thomas J. Burke Liberal Fredericton-Nashwaaksis
  Greg Byrne Liberal Fredericton-Lincoln
  Jack Carr Progressive Conservative New Maryland-Sunbury West
  Jody Carr Progressive Conservative Oromocto
  Chris Collins Liberal Moncton East
  Ed Doherty Liberal Saint John Harbour
  Rick Doucet Liberal Charlotte-The Isles
  Madeleine Dubé Progressive Conservative Edmundston-Saint Basile
  Bruce Fitch Progressive Conservative Riverview
  John Winston Foran Liberal Miramichi Centre
  Bill Fraser Liberal Miramichi-Bay du Vin
  Dale Graham Progressive Conservative Carleton
  Shawn Graham Liberal Kent
  Roland Haché Liberal Nigadoo-Chaleur
  Bev Harrison Progressive Conservative Hampton-Kings
  Trevor Holder Progressive Conservative Saint John Portland
  Tony Huntjens Progressive Conservative Charlotte-Campobello
  Stuart Jamieson Liberal Saint John-Fundy
  Jack Keir Liberal Fundy-River Valley
  Larry Kennedy Liberal Victoria-Tobique
  Brian Kenny Liberal Bathurst
  Kelly Lamrock Liberal Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak
  Claude Landry Progressive Conservative Tracadie-Sheila
  Denis Landry Liberal Centre-Péninsule-Saint-Sauveur
  Cheryl Lavoie Liberal Nepisiguit
  Abel LeBlanc Liberal Saint John Lancaster
  Bernard LeBlanc Liberal Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe
  Cy LeBlanc Progressive Conservative Dieppe Centre-Lewisville
  Joan MacAlpine-Stiles Liberal Moncton West
  Kirk MacDonald Progressive Conservative York North
  Roly MacIntyre Liberal Saint John East
  Eugene McGinley Liberal Grand Lake-Gagetown
  Rick Miles Liberal Fredericton-Silverwood
  Percy Mockler Progressive Conservative Restigouche-La-Vallée Resigned in fall 2008.
  Mike Murphy Liberal Moncton North Resigned in January 2010.
  Bruce Northrup Progressive Conservative Kings East
  Mike Olscamp Progressive Conservative Tantramar
  Ronald Ouellette Liberal Grand Falls-Drummond-Saint-André
  Burt Paulin Liberal Restigouche-La-Vallée Elected in 2009.
  Rose-May Poirier Progressive Conservative Rogersville-Kouchibouguac Resigned February 2010.
  Carmel Robichaud Liberal Miramichi Bay-Neguac
  Paul Robichaud Progressive Conservative Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou
  Mary Schryer Liberal Quispamsis
  Wayne Steeves Progressive Conservative Albert
  Wally Stiles Liberal Petitcodiac
  Carl Urquhart Progressive Conservative York
  Jeannot Volpé Progressive Conservative Madawaska-les-Lacs
  Claude Williams Progressive Conservative Kent South

Standings changes since the 2006 general election[edit]

Number of members
per party by date
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Sep 18 Jan 31 Mar 5 Apr 17 Sep 8 Nov 3 Dec 22 Mar 9 Feb 9 Feb 28
  Liberal 29 30 32 33 32
  Progressive Conservative 26 25 23 22 23 22 21
Total members 55 54 55 54 55 54 55 54 53
Vacant 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2
Government Majority 3 4 5 9 10 9 10 11 10 11

Membership changes[edit]

  1. December 22, 2008 Percy Mockler, Restigouche-la-Vallée was appointed to the Senate of Canada
  2. February 9, 2010 Mike Murphy, Moncton North resigns his seat and cabinet post.
  3. February 28, 2010 Rose-May Poirier, Rogersville-Kouchibouguac was appointed to the Senate of Canada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Journals of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick" (PDF). February 6, 2007. p. 2. I hereby issue a Proclamation that the same be called to meet on the sixth day of February 2007
  2. ^ "Journals of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick" (PDF). February 6, 2007. p. 4. Eugene McGinley, Member for the Electoral District of Grand Lake-Gagetown, had been duly elected as Speaker of the House
  3. ^ "Journals of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick" (PDF). November 27, 2007. p. 2. I have received the written resignation of Speaker Eugene McGinley, QC, dated October 31, 2007
  4. ^ "Journals of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick" (PDF). November 27, 2007. p. 4. Roy Boudreau, the Honourable Member for the electoral district of Campbellton—Restigouche-Centre, is declared elected as Speaker
Preceded by
55th Assembly
New Brunswick Legislative Assemblies
Succeeded by
57th Assembly