Major Cabinet Reshuffle in NB: Boudreau And Arseneault Leave Cabinet

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced major changes to the Cabinet on Tuesday in Saint John. Acadian ministers are leaving the cabinet one year from the provincial election.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor Donald Arseneault, and Minister of Service New Brunswick Ed Doherty are leaving the Cabinet.

The three outgoing ministers have announced that they will not be running for the next provincial election in the fall of 2018.

“I could always be comfortable with the decisions I made. I have no regrets. Certainly there are cases that may have gone wrong, but the initial decisions, in my opinion, have always been the right ones, “said Victor Boudreau at an afternoon press briefing.

“For me it’s all about having a new voice, a new face, a renewed vision for my community. After four terms I think it was time for me to say goodbye to politics temporarily, “said Donald Arseneault.

Newcomers

Three new ministers join the Cabinet. Benoît Bourque becomes Minister of Health, Gilles LePage will be Minister of Labor, Employment and Population Growth and Andrew Harvey will become Minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs.

The creation of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Population Growth was announced Monday by the Prime Minister .

The arrival of a neophyte in the Department of Health, a major portfolio where delicate files abound, does not necessarily pose problems, according to political scientist Roger Ouellette of the Université de Moncton.

“One of the qualities of Benoît Bourque, I think, is that he is a good communicator. “Roger Ouellette believes that he will in particular persuade the population of the merits of the reform of the extramural announced on Friday and decried by several organizations .

Multiple Responsibilities

Several ministers will also assume additional responsibilities. Among others, Treasury Board President Roger Melanson will also serve as Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Minister of the Environment and Local Government Serge Rousselle will be responsible for Service New Brunswick and Seniors Minister Lisa Harris will act also as Deputy Government House Leader.

The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Brian Kenny, will also be responsible for Official Languages.

On this subject, political scientist Roger Ouellette says that Brian Gallant does not respect the Official Languages ​​Act, which specifies that official languages ​​must be the responsibility of the Prime Minister himself.

Brian Gallant, on the other hand, is politically adept at naming himself the regional minister of Saint John and the Southwest, since this region rich in voters loses his sole representative to the Cabinet, with Ed Doherty’s departure.

“He is sending a strong signal that Saint John and the Southwest region is important,” he said.

Multiple Responsibilities

Several ministers will also assume additional responsibilities. Among others, Treasury Board President Roger Melanson will also serve as Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Minister of the Environment and Local Government Serge Rousselle will be responsible for Service New Brunswick and Seniors Minister Lisa Harris will act also as Deputy Government House Leader.

The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Brian Kenny, will also be responsible for Official Languages.

On this subject, political scientist Roger Ouellette says that Brian Gallant does not respect the Official Languages ​​Act, which specifies that official languages ​​must be the responsibility of the Prime Minister himself.

Brian Gallant, on the other hand, is politically adept at naming himself the regional minister of Saint John and the Southwest, since this region rich in voters loses his sole representative to the Cabinet, with Ed Doherty’s departure.

“He is sending a strong signal that Saint John and the Southwest region is important,” he said.

Here is the complete list of ministers:

  • Brian Gallant: Premier, President of the Executive Council, Minister responsible for the Education and New Economy Fund, Minister responsible for Innovation, Minister responsible for the Premier’s Council on Disability, Minister responsible for Equality Women and Regional Minister for Saint John and Southwestern New Brunswick;
  • Stephen Horsman: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Families and Children, Minister Responsible for Military Affairs and Regional Minister for Greater Fredericton;
  • Denis Landry: Minister of Justice and Public Safety;
  • Rick Doucet: Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Minister of Energy and Resources Development, and Government House Leader;
  • Brian Kenny: Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Minister responsible for Official Languages;
  • Bill Fraser: Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and Regional Minister for Central New Brunswick;
  • Roger Melanson: President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister responsible for Trade Expansion Policy;
  • Francine Landry: Minister of Economic Development, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister responsible for Opportunités NB;
  • Cathy Rogers: Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for Literacy, and Regional Minister for Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick;
  • Serge Rousselle: Minister of the Environment and Local Government, Attorney General, Minister of Service New Brunswick, and Regional Minister for Northern New Brunswick;
  • John Ames: Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Minister Responsible for Poverty Reduction and the Society for Economic and Social Inclusion;
  • Lisa Harris: Minister of Elders and Long-Term Care, Minister responsible for Celtic Affairs, and Deputy Government House Leader;
  • Benoît Bourque: Minister of Health;
  • Andrew Harvey: Minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs;
  • Gilles LePage: Minister of Labor, Employment and Population Growth.

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About the Author: Dee Baker

Dee Baker holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Dee writes primarily on Canadian political issues.

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