Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

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Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick
58th New Brunswick Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Founded 1785 (1785)
Preceded by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau
Since 23 October 2014
Chris Collins, Independent
Since October 25, 2014
Seats 49
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick - Party Layout Chart Nov. 2016.svg
Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition Parties

Last election
September 22, 2014
Next election
October 27, 2018 or earlier
Meeting place
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Legislative Building, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Canada is located in Fredericton. It was established in Saint John de jure when the colony was created in 1784, but came into session only in 1786, following the first elections in late 1785. It was the lower house in a bicameral legislature until 1891, when its upper house counterpart, the Legislative Council of New Brunswick, was abolished. Its members are called "Members of the Legislative Assembly," commonly referred to as "MLAs".


Saint John was chosen as the original capital when New Brunswick was formed in 1784 as it was the centre of commerce and the only city at that time.[1] The New Brunswick Legislative Building is the current building that houses the Assembly. It opened in 1882, having been constructed by J.C. Dumaresq, following the destruction of the original building, known as Province Hall, by fire in 1880.

The legislative chamber is designed to have four rows on the government side and three rows on the opposition side. This is because elections have traditionally yielded a strong government majority; in fact on occasion, such as currently, even with many of the seats on one side of the House, the government has spilled over to the opposition side. Quite often the House is oriented to have only two rows on the opposition benches, in the event of a large opposition adding a third row makes the opposition benches rather crowded.

Current members[edit]

The current membership of the 58th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was elected on September 22, 2014 in the 2014 New Brunswick general election.

Name Party Riding
  Brian Keirstead Progressive Conservative Albert
  Denis Landry Liberal Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore
  Brian Kenny Liberal Bathurst West-Beresford
  Vacant Campbellton-Dalhousie
  Hédard Albert Liberal Caraquet
  Stewart Fairgrieve Progressive Conservative Carleton
  Andrew Harvey Liberal Carleton-Victoria
  Carl Urquhart Progressive Conservative Carleton-York
  John Ames Liberal Charlotte-Campobello
  Roger Melanson Liberal Dieppe
  Vacant Edmundston-Madawaska Centre
  Pam Lynch Progressive Conservative Fredericton-Grand Lake
  Stephen Horsman Liberal Fredericton North
  David Coon Green Fredericton South
  Brian Macdonald Progressive Conservative Fredericton West-Hanwell
  Kirk MacDonald Progressive Conservative Fredericton-York
  Rick Doucet Liberal Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West
  Ross Wetmore Progressive Conservative Gagetown-Petitcodiac
  Gary Crossman Progressive Conservative Hampton
  Bertrand LeBlanc Liberal Kent North
  Benoît Bourque Liberal Kent South
  Bill Oliver Progressive Conservative Kings Centre
  Francine Landry Liberal Madawaska les Lacs-Edmundston
  Bernard LeBlanc Liberal Memramcook-Tantramar
  Bill Fraser Liberal Miramichi
  Lisa Harris Liberal Miramichi Bay-Neguac
  Chris Collins Independent Moncton Centre
  Monique LeBlanc Liberal Moncton East
  Ernie Steeves Progressive Conservative Moncton Northwest
  Cathy Rogers Liberal Moncton South
  Sherry Wilson Progressive Conservative Moncton Southwest
  Jeff Carr Progressive Conservative New Maryland-Sunbury
  Jody Carr Progressive Conservative Oromocto-Lincoln
  Trevor Holder Progressive Conservative Portland-Simonds
  Blaine Higgs Progressive Conservative Quispamsis
  Daniel Guitard Liberal Restigouche-Chaleur
  Gilles LePage Liberal Restigouche West
  R. Bruce Fitch Progressive Conservative Riverview
  Ted Flemming Progressive Conservative Rothesay
  Glen Savoie Progressive Conservative Saint John East
  Ed Doherty Liberal Saint John Harbour
  Dorothy Shephard Progressive Conservative Saint John Lancaster
  Brian Gallant Liberal Shediac Bay-Dieppe
  Victor Boudreau Liberal Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé
  Wilfred Roussel Liberal Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou
  Jake Stewart Progressive Conservative Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin
  Bruce Northrup Progressive Conservative Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins
  Serge Rousselle Liberal Tracadie-Sheila
  Chuck Chiasson Liberal Victoria-la-Vallée

Party standings and seating plan[edit]

* Steeves Wilson * Oliver Wetmore * Stewart Keirstead
* Savoie Jeff Carr * Flemming Macdonald * Lynch Jody Carr * Northrup Crossman
* Shephard MacDonald * HIGGS Dubé * Holder Fairgrieve * Fitch Urquhart * COON
* Fraser Doucet * GALLANT Rogers * Horsman Melanson * Landry
* Bourque Rousselle * Harris Landry * Kenny Ames
* Harvey LePage * M. LeBlanc Chiasson * Bernard LeBlanc Roussel * Guitard
* Boudreau Albert * Bertrand LeBlanc Doherty

The current party standings in the legislature are as follows:

Affiliation Members
     Liberal 24
  Progressive Conservative 22
  Green 1
  Independent 1
Total 49
Government Majority 2

See also[edit]