Higgs sworn-in as New Brunswick premier
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.