Rothesay (electoral district)
|New Brunswick electoral district|
The riding of Rothesay (as it exists from 2014) in relation to other electoral districts in Greater Saint John.
|Provincial electoral district|
|Legislature||Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick|
|Census divisions||Kings County, Saint John County|
|Census subdivisions||Rothesay, Saint John, Simonds Parish, Rothesay Parish, Hampton Parish, Upham Parish|
The district was created in 1994 as Saint John-Kings out of parts of Saint John County, Kings County and a small portion of the eastern edge of the City of Saint John all in and around the Town of Rothesay, a bedroom community of Saint John. In 2006, its boundaries were reduced to be just Rothesay and its immediate surroundings so, as a result, its name was changed to Rothesay.
Four-term incumbent Margaret-Ann Blaney, upon appointment as CEO of Efficiency NB, announced that she would resign the seat effective May 25, requiring a by-election to be called no later than November 25, 2012, which means an election will be held no later than December 31, 2012. On May 25, Premier of New Brunswick David Alward announced that the by-election would be held on June 25.
The incumbent Conservatives chose local lawyer and businessman Hugh John "Ted" Flemming III to be their candidate over local education council member Charlotte McGill Pierce. Flemming is the grandson and great-grandson of former premiers Hugh John Flemming and James Kidd Flemming respectively.
Media speculated whether one of the three candidates for the Liberal Party leadership or New Democratic leader Dominic Cardy will seek the seat in this by-election as none of them held seats in the legislative assembly. While none of the Liberal leadership candidates ran, NDP leader Cardy was acclaimed by his party. The People's Alliance of New Brunswick announced that they will not contest the election and endorsed Cardy's candidacy.
The Liberals chose retired police officer and clean water activist John Wilcox as their candidate over businessman Bill Gulliver by a margin of 81 to 49.
Early media coverage of the race focussed on the controversial appointment of Margaret-Ann Blaney as CEO of Efficiency New Brunswick, a crown corporation. Several prominent Progressive Conservatives backed away from the issue with Finance Minister Blaine Higgs demurring "it's certainly incumbent on me, and it's incumbent on my colleagues, to respect the decision that the premier makes," and PC candidate Hugh John "Ted" Flemming III stating "I wasn't there." Premier David Alward, at the time of her appointment said "I have full confidence that I have the best person for the job," and Blaney noted that her motivation for taking the post arose in part from a desire to spend more time closer to family in the Saint John area, after a difficult year. The appointment was criticized as political patronage by the New Brunswick Liberal Association and the New Brunswick New Democratic Party who noted that prior to Blaney accepting the $150,000-175,000 per year position it had been carried out by the deputy minister of Environment and Local Government at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Deputy Premier Paul Robichaud offered competing explanations for the appointment suggesting that the deputy minister of Environment and Local Government responsibilities over Efficiency New Brunswick was only "a temporary position." Dominic Cardy, the New Democratic candidate, proposed a bill to end political patronage that would require positions such as CEO of Efficiency New Brunswick to be publicly competed.
Members of the Legislative Assembly
|Saint John Kings
Riding created from Kings West, Saint John-Fundy and East Saint John
|54th||1999–2003||Margaret-Ann Blaney||Progressive Conservative|
|56th||2006–2010||Margaret-Ann Blaney||Progressive Conservative|
|2012–2014||Ted Flemming||Progressive Conservative|
|New Brunswick general election, 2014|
|Progressive Conservative||Hugh J. "Ted" Flemming||3,034||45.20||+6.94|
|New Democratic||John Wilcox||1,559||23.22||-4.05|
|Total valid votes||6,713||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||14||0.21|
|Progressive Conservative notional hold||Swing||+5.42|
|Source: Elections New Brunswick|
|New Brunswick provincial by-election, June 25, 2012
On the resignation of Margaret-Ann Blaney, May 16, 2012
|Progressive Conservative||Hugh John "Ted" Flemming III||1,625||38.26||-18.31|
|New Democratic||Dominic Cardy||1,158||27.27||+18.30|
|Total valid votes||4,242||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||11||0.26|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-10.63|
|Source: Elections New Brunswick|
|New Brunswick general election, 2010|
|Progressive Conservative||Margaret-Ann Blaney||3,372||56.64||+8.01|
|New Democratic||Pamela Scichilone||534||8.97||+4.73|
|Total valid votes||5,953||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||41||0.68|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+13.38|
|Source: Elections New Brunswick|
|New Brunswick general election, 2006|
|Progressive Conservative||Margaret-Ann Blaney||2,853||48.63||+0.60|
|New Democratic||Troy Polchies||249||4.24||-7.88|
|Total valid votes||5,867||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-4.45|
|New Brunswick general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Margaret-Ann Blaney||3,135||48.03||-17.56|
|New Democratic||Jeff Joseph Thibodeau||791||12.12||+2.66|
|Total valid votes||6,527||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-15.12|
|New Brunswick general election, 1999|
|Progressive Conservative||Margaret-Ann Blaney||4,605||65.59||+29.62|
|New Democratic||Ken Wilcox||664||9.46||-2.13|
|Total valid votes||7,021||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+24.64|
|New Brunswick general election, 1995|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Artiss||2,561||35.97|
|New Democratic||Pam Coates||825||11.59|
|Natural Law||Allison Pring||60||0.84|
|Total valid votes||7,119||100.0|
|Liberal notional gain||Swing|
|Independent candidate Gary Ewart was previously affiliated with the Confederation of Regions.|
- Premier announces new president, chief executive officer of Efficiency NB
- Sections 13 through 15 of the Elections Act
- CBC reporter Jacques Poitras on Twitter reporting Alward's announcement.
- Otiena Ellwand. "Flemming wins Tory nomination in Rothesay," New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, June 4, 2012.
- CBC News. Blaney's resignation sparks byelection questions. Accessed May 22, 2012.
- News 88.9. Rothesay NDP acclaim Cardy as by-election candidate. Accessed June 6, 2012.
- CBC News. NDP Leader Dominic Cardy will run in byelection. Accessed June 6, 2012.
- CBC News. People's Alliance backs NDP's Cardy in byelection, June 5, 2012. Accessed June 5, 2012.
- Otiena Ellwand. "Retired officer wins Liberal nomination ," New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, June 6, 2012.
- Elections New Brunswick. "Five candidates running in Rothesay byelection," June 8, 2012. Accessed June 9, 2012.
- CBC News. "Blaney controversy hangs over Rothesay byelection" June 12, 2012
- CBC News. "Blaine Higgs balks at endorsing Blaney's appointment" June 6, 2012
- CBC News. "Higgs backs Alward, refuses to endorse Blaney's job" June 8, 2012
- CBC News. "Tory candidate refuses to endorse Blaney's appointment" CBC, June 7, 2012.
- CBC News. "Blaine Higgs balks at endorsing Blaney's appointment" May 17, 2012
- CBC News. "Blaney resigns to become Efficiency NB CEO ," CBC, May 16, 2012.
- CBC News. "Liberals question if Blaney's new job was vacant ," CBC, May 17, 2012.
- "Deputy premier offers new rationale for Blaney's job" CBC News, June 14, 2012
- Country 94.1 FM "NDP Candidate Makes Election Promise" News June 7, 2012
- Elections New Brunswick (6 Oct 2014). "Declared Results, 2014 New Brunswick election". Retrieved 16 Oct 2014.
- "By-election, Rothesay, June 25, 2012 - Report of the Chief Electoral Officer" (PDF). Elections New Brunswick. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Thirty-seventh General Election - Report of the Chief Electoral Officer" (PDF). Elections New Brunswick. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- New Brunswick Votes 2006. CBC News. Retrieved May 22, 2009.