Marcelle Mersereau

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Marcelle Mersereau
MLA for Bathurst
In office
1991–2003
Preceded by Paul Kenny
Succeeded by Brian Kenny
Personal details
Born February 14, 1942
Pointe-Verte, New Brunswick
Political party Liberal

Marcelle Mersereau, (born February 14, 1942 in Pointe-Verte, New Brunswick) is a Canadian politician.

A civil servant for most of her career, she also served as a councillor on Bathurst, New Brunswick city council while on the provincial payroll from 1980 to 1991. She resigned her seat on council upon being elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 1991 provincial election. A member of Frank McKenna's Liberal Party, she was immediately named to cabinet and became deputy premier in 1994. She served in a variety of roles in cabinet until the defeat of the Liberals in the 1999 election. She defeated PC candidate Robert N. Stairs to retain her seat in Bathurst, one of only 10 Liberals to survive what was their worst ever electoral defeat.

In opposition she was a top critic and the media reported she had lost the vote in her caucus to become interim leader of her party by a margin of 4-3 following the resignation of Camille Thériault. Her most high-profile role in opposition was that of finance critic. She did not seek re-election to the legislature in 2003 but has remained active in her party. She was elected vice president of the New Brunswick Liberal Association on October 4, 2003 and re-elected on October 15, 2005. During the 2004 federal election, she was co-chair of the Liberal campaign in New Brunswick. She was the Liberal candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Acadie—Bathurst in the 2006 federal election, but finished second to Yvon Godin of the New Democratic Party.

She served as co-chair of the successful Liberal campaign as it prepared for the 2006 provincial election. She succeeded Greg Byrne as president of the New Brunswick Liberal Party when he resigned after being appointed to the cabinet following the 2006 election and served the post until stepping down in the Fall of 2007.

References[edit]

Cabinet[edit]

Provincial Government of Camille Thériault
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ann Breault Minister of Municipalities and Housing
1998–1999
Breault served as Minister of Municipalities, Culture & Housing

MacAlpine served as Minister of Municipalities
Mockler served as Minister of Human Resources Development & Housing

Joan MacAlpine
and Percy Mockler
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
herself in
Frenette government
Minister responsible for
the Status of Women

1998–1999
Margaret-Ann Blaney
Provincial Government of Ray Frenette
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
herself in
McKenna government
Minister of Human Resources Development
1997–1998
Georgie Day
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
herself in
McKenna government
Minister responsible for
the Status of Women

1997–1998
herself in
Thériault government
Provincial Government of Frank McKenna
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ann Breault Minister of Human Resources Development
1995–1997
herself in
Frenette government
Jane Barry Minister of Environment
1994–1995
Vaughn Blaney
Hubert Seamans Minister of Municipalities, Culture and Housing
1991–1994
Paul Duffie
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Frank McKenna Minister responsible for
the Status of Women

1994–1997
herself in
Frenette government
Aldéa Landry Deputy Premier of New Brunswick
1994–1995
Ray Frenette
Preceded by
Shawn Graham
Chair of the Liberal caucus
2002
Succeeded by
Bernard Richard