Blaine Higgs, the 34th Premier of New Brunswick, has named his new Executive Council.
Here are the key appointments impacting infrastructure development in the province:
- Bill Oliver has been named the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. Oliver was first elected to the legislative assembly in 2014 for the riding of Kings Centre and was re-elected in 2018. Oliver was the deputy whip for the official Opposition, the Opposition critic for Worksafe NB and a member of the legislative administrative committee. His political career includes serving as an executive assistant to the Speaker, the Minister of Supply and Services and the Minister of Finance.
- Hugh J.A. (Ted) Flemming, MLA for Rothesay, was named the new Minister of Health. Flemming was elected to represent the riding in a by-election on June 25, 2012. He was re-elected for his third term in 2018. Flemming has served as Minister of Health and Attorney General. He practiced law for more than two decades, specializing in corporate, commercial, securities, and transportation law, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992. Flemming owns several successful businesses, but has recently retired from active management.
- Mike Holland was sworn in as Minister of Energy and Resource Development. Holland was elected to the legislative assembly in 2018 for the riding of Albert. He has been an avid outdoorsperson his whole life and is a tireless advocate for natural resources and tourism opportunities in the province. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation, a non-profit organization that is becoming the new face of conservation in Canada. Holland also owns a business that sells outdoor gear he invented.
- Jeff Carr is the new Minister of the Environment. Carr was first elected to the legislative assembly in 2014 for the riding of New Maryland-Sunbury and was re-elected in 2018. Carr has 25 years of experience as co-owner of a small business within the trucking, excavation and forestry industry with his late father Basil. He has spent 20 years involved in politics, helping his twin brothers Jody and Jack in their election campaigns.
The ceremony for the premier and ministers was presided over by Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and witnessed by members of the legislature and invited guests.
In his first address as premier, Higgs impressed upon his new cabinet the important duty being placed upon each of them.
“We must not lose sight of this unique opportunity that has been presented to us; the opportunity to actually change political behaviour in our province for generations to come,” said Higgs. “I have confidence that the new cabinet members, and all members of the legislative assembly, will remember that it is our duty each and every day to serve the people of New Brunswick. We are committed to working hard for, and with, New Brunswickers to put the province before politics and deliver results.”