Aug. 11, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Seven New Brunswickers have been named to the province's Electoral Boundaries and Representation Commission, Premier Bernard Lord announced today.
Co-chair Justice Margaret Larlee, co-chair Justice Brigitte Robichaud, David Brown, Normand Carrier, Richard Myers, Réginald Paulin and Pam Ward will serve as commissioners effective Aug. 22, 2005.
The commission will be tasked with redrawing the boundaries of New Brunswick's 55 electoral ridings in time for the next general provincial election. The commission will report its findings to the Legislative Assembly.
"I am proud to name this distinguished panel of New Brunswickers to serve as our new electoral commission," Lord said. "These seven individuals represent the cultural and geographic diversity of our province, and I am confident they will ensure our electoral districts reflect our changing population."
The province's all-party legislative administration committee met in July 2005 and unanimously recommended the seven individuals to serve on the commission.
The commission was established by the Electoral Boundaries and Representation Act, which became law in June 2005. The creation of an Electoral Boundaries and Representation Commission was a key recommendation emerging from the final report of the Commission on Legislative Democracy.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Biographical information on the seven individuals follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Chisholm Pothier, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.
Justice Margaret Larlee of Fredericton was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1974. For the next 11 years, she worked in private practice and for the Government of New Brunswick. She was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench on Nov. 1, 1985, and to the Court of Appeal on April 1, 1998. She is now a member of the public information committee of the Canadian Judicial Council and the chair of the council's judges technology advisory committee.
Justice Brigitte Robichaud of Moncton was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1980. She practiced civil and family litigation prior to her appointment to the Family Division of the Court of Queen's Bench in Moncton on June 30, 1999. She was a member of the University of New Brunswick's board of governors from 1993 to 1997.
David Brownof Saint John is legal counsel to the NB Union of Public and Private Employees, which represents public sector and private sector employees throughout New Brunswick. He has practiced law, mostly in the area of labour relations, for more than 25 years. He is a former president of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.
Normand Carrier of Edmundston is a retired university administrator. He was vice-president of the Centre universitaire Saint-Louis-Maillet, the Edmundston campus of the Université de Moncton, from 1980 to 1997.
Richard Myers of Fredericton is a professor of political science at St. Thomas University. He also served as vice-president, academic of St. Thomas University from 1997 to 2004. He is a co-author of The Canadian Regime - An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in New Brunswick.
Réginald Paulin of Lamèque is a retired school administrator and principal who was involved in a number of sports organizations in Lamèque. He was a board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities from 1997 to 2001 and president of l'Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick from 1997 to 2000.
Pam Ward of Red Bank is the executive director of Metepenagiag Heritage Park, Inc. Over the last 19 years, she has worked with New Brunswick First Nations and aboriginal organizations in a number of important areas including community development, health care and youth issues, land-claims research, employment and training, counselling and program development and culture and tourism.