Higgs sworn-in as New Brunswick pre­mier

The Western Star - - CANADA - BY KEVIN BIS­SETT

New Brunswick’s new Tory gov­ern­ment has taken power, with a 17-mem­ber cab­i­net that in­cludes four women and the party’s lone fran­co­phone MLA as deputy pre­mier.

“To­day it has been en­trusted upon us for the next chap­ter in New Brunswick’s story,” Pre­mier Blaine Higgs said af­ter be­ing sworn-in as the prov­ince’s 34th pre­mier.

The cer­e­mony, in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture Fri­day, came just a week af­ter the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment of Brian Gal­lant was de­feated on a con­fi­dence vote.

At the age of 64, Higgs is the old­est per­son to as­sume the job of pre­mier in a prov­ince with a his­tory of choos­ing young lead­ers. Higgs thanked friends, fam­ily and sup­port­ers, and asked for the help of all New Brunswick­ers to fix the prob­lems fac­ing the prov­ince.

“I humbly ask each and ev­ery one of you to help me in meet­ing that re­spon­si­bil­ity. This can­not be ac­com­plished alone,” he said.

Higgs named a cab­i­net of 17 min­is­ters, in­clud­ing him­self.

Robert Gau­vin, the Tories’ lone mem­ber in north­ern New Brunswick, has been named deputy pre­mier and min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture and Her­itage.

The en­ter­tainer and play­wright said while he’s a fran­co­phone from the north, he looks for­ward to work­ing with peo­ple from across the prov­ince.

“We’ll have to roll up our sleeves and talk to each other, find ways to re­spect each other, and get the job done,” he said.

There are four women in cab­i­net, in­clud­ing rookie An­drea An­der­son-Ma­son, who be­comes min­is­ter of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral.

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