Nov. 21, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Government House Leader and Health Minister Mike Murphy today announced the names of the mover and seconder for the speech from the throne, which will be delivered Nov. 27, 2007.
Bernard LeBlanc (MLA-Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe) will move the acceptance of the throne speech at the opening of the second session of the 56th Legislative Assembly. The motion will be seconded by Joan MacAlpine-Stiles (MLA - Moncton West).
"Through their dedication to public service and to serving their province and communities, these two members represent our legislative tradition here in New Brunswick," Murphy said. "I am pleased to have them act as mover and seconder to the throne speech as we prepare for a busy and productive session that will put our province firmly on the path to self-sufficiency by 2026."
Bernard LeBlanc began his public service as councillor and later mayor of the Village of Memramcook from 1995-2001. He was elected to the legislature on Sept. 18, 2006 as the first representative of the new electoral district of Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe. A lifelong resident of Memramcook, LeBlanc graduated from the Université de Moncton in 1971. He served for most of his career as a program manager and later as office manager for income security and as a public relations program consultant with Health and Welfare (later Human Resources and Social Development) Canada. LeBlanc is a dedicated community volunteer, establishing the Memramcook Valley Kindergarten and served as president of the community centre and Foyer Saint-Thomas, as chair of the Pré-d'en-Haut parish council and the district local improvement committee. He is married with two sons and a daughter.
Joan MacAlpine-Stiles was born in Rexton and educated in Moncton schools and attended Atlantic Baptist University. She was elected to Moncton City Council in 1992 and was re-elected in 1995. She was appointed Moncton's first female deputy mayor in 1997 and was re-elected deputy mayor in 1998. MacAlpine-Stiles was first elected to the Legislature to represent Moncton South on June 7, 1999. She served as Minister of Municipalities, Minister of Business New Brunswick and Minister of Family and Community Services. Re-elected as member for Moncton South on June 9, 2003, she served as Minister of Tourism and Parks and from Oct. 31, 2005 until Feb. 14, 2006, she also served as Minister of Family and Community Services and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on Seniors. On Feb. 14, 2006, she was reappointed Minister of Tourism and Parks, and as Minister responsible for the Status of Women. She was re-elected in the provincial election of Sept. 18, 2006 to represent the new electoral district of Moncton West. A lifelong community activist, she has served as a member or executive of a number of community organizations in Greater Moncton. MacAlpine-Stiles has three daughters and three step-children and is married to Minister of Human Resources Wally Stiles.
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