|34th Premier of New Brunswick|
|Assumed office |
November 9, 2018
|Lieutenant Governor||Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau|
|Preceded by||Brian Gallant|
|Leader of the Opposition|
October 22, 2016 – November 9, 2018
|Preceded by||Bruce Fitch|
|Succeeded by||Brian Gallant|
|Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick|
|Assumed office |
October 22, 2016
|Preceded by||Bruce Fitch (Interim)|
|Minister of Finance|
October 12, 2010 – October 7, 2014
|Preceded by||Greg Byrne|
|Succeeded by||Roger Melanson|
|Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
September 27, 2010
|Preceded by||Mary Schryer|
|Born||March 1, 1954|
Woodstock, New Brunswick
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Blaine Myron Higgs (born March 1, 1954) 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.
Life and career
Higgs was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick and graduated from the University of New Brunswick as an engineer. He worked for 33 years for Irving Oil, rising to a senior executive overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England. Higgs represents the electoral district of Quispamsis as a member, 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.
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.
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.
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