Blaine Higgs

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Blaine Higgs

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34th Premier of New Brunswick
Assumed office
November 9, 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Lieutenant GovernorJocelyne Roy-Vienneau
Brenda Murphy
DeputyRobert Gauvin
Preceded byBrian Gallant
Leader of the Opposition
In office
October 22, 2016 – November 9, 2018
Preceded byBruce Fitch
Succeeded byBrian Gallant
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
Assumed office
October 22, 2016
Preceded byBruce Fitch (Interim)
Minister of Finance
In office
October 12, 2010 – October 7, 2014
PremierDavid Alward
Preceded byGreg Byrne
Succeeded byRoger Melanson
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Quispamsis
Assumed office
September 27, 2010
Preceded byMary Schryer
Personal details
Born (1954-03-01) March 1, 1954 (age 65)
Woodstock, New Brunswick
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Marcia Higgs

Blaine Myron Higgs (born March 1, 1954)[1] is a Canadian politician who is the 34th and current premier of New Brunswick since 2018 and leader of the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party since 2016.

Higgs was first elected to the legislature in the 2010 provincial election and served as Minister of Finance from 2010 to 2014 in the government of David Alward.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Higgs was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick and graduated from the University of New Brunswick as an engineer.[3] He worked for 33 years for Irving Oil, rising to a senior executive overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England.[3][4] Higgs represents the electoral district of Quispamsis as a member,[5] and, since October 22, 2016, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. On that date the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick leadership election was held and on the third ballot he defeated former Saint John Mayor Mel Norton, 1,563 to 1,169.[2]

In the 2018 provincial election, Higgs and his party won the largest share of seats in the legislature, 22, compared to 21 for the governing Liberal Party of New Brunswick, which opted to attempt to remain in power as a minority government by presenting a Throne Speech in hopes of retaining the confidence of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.[6][7]

On November 2, 2018 the Progressive Conservatives and the People's Alliance combined to defeat Premier Brian Gallant's Liberal minority government via a non confidence vote in the legislature.[8]

Higgs was appointed Premier on November 9, 2018. At 64 years of age at the time of swearing-in, Higgs is the oldest person to become Premier in New Brunswick history, and in April of 2019 became the oldest ever Premier in New Brunswick history, surpassing Leonard Percy de Wolfe Tilley in both records.[9]


  1. ^ "Blaine Higgs | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Blaine Higgs wins N.B. PC leadership race on 3rd ballot". CBC News. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Michael (November 2, 2018). "New Brunswick's next premier is a fiscal hawk and former Irving Oil executive". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "A look at New Brunswick Tory Leader Blaine Higgs". National Post. The Canadian Press. August 22, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  5. ^ New Brunswick Votes 2010: Quispamsis., September 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Leeder, Jessica (September 26, 2018). "Alliances start to form in wake of N.B. election". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Benjamin, Graeme (September 24, 2018). "PCs win most seats in N.B. election, Liberals vow to maintain power". Global News. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Poitras, Jacques (November 2, 2018). "Brian Gallant's minority government defeated after losing confidence vote". CBC News. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Poitras, Jacques (November 9, 2018). "8 things you need to know about New Brunswick's next premier, Blaine Higgs". CBC News. Retrieved July 22, 2019.