June 17, 1999
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier-designate Bernard Lord released the names of the elected members whom he will be recommending to Lt.-Gov. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell to serve as the members of the new Executive Council of the Province of New Brunswick.
"This cabinet is 30 per cent smaller than the previous cabinet. By reducing the cabinet in this fashion we have already fulfilled our first commitment in our 200 days of change," Lord said. "New Brunswickers neither want nor need a bigger government. They want one that is managed more effectively and efficiently. This new cabinet is therefore an indication of the way in which we will work with the people of New Brunswick."
Lt.-Gov. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell will administer the oaths of office during a public swearing-in ceremony, in front of the Legislative Assembly Building in Fredericton, at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21.
Following is a list of the Executive Council members being recommended:
A graduate of the Université de Moncton, Bernard Lord earned a bachelor of social sciences in economics in 1988 and a law degree in 1992. He is a founding partner in the firm Leblanc, Boudreau, Desjardins and Lord. He was elected leader of the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party on Oct. 18, 1997. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly as member for Moncton East on Oct. 19, 1998, and became Leader of the Official Opposition. He was re-elected as the member for Moncton East on June 7, 1999, and will be sworn in as the 30th premier of New Brunswick on June 21, 1999. He and his wife, Diane, have two children.
Brad Green was first elected to represent Fredericton South following a byelection Oct. 18, 1998. He has occupied several senior positions with the Office of the Official Opposition and the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. He holds a bachelor of political science and law degree from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. His community involvement is extensive. He is a member of the Epsilon's Y's Men Club, a senior service club of the YMCA, and is active at Saint Paul's United Church. He is married to Margaret Gregg.
Percy Mockler was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on Oct. 12, 1982, and from 1987 to 1990 he was a provincial organizer for the PC Party of Canada. He was re-elected to the Legislature following a byelection Nov. 29, 1993, and again in the provincial election of 1995. He represents the riding of Madawaska-la-Vallée. He is an advisory member for trade opportunities strategy with the Department of External Affairs. He and his wife, Suzanne (Soucy) have four children.
Norman Betts was elected to represent Southwest Miramichi on June 7, 1999. He was a leadership candidate for the PC Party of New Brunswick in 1997, and co-chaired the party policy development committee, which toured the province shortly after the leadership convention. He holds a doctorate in accounting finance from Queens University. He is a former school board trustee. A lifelong resident of Doaktown, he and his wife Bonnie have five children and two grandchildren.
Dale Graham was elected in the riding of Carleton following a byelection June 28, 1995. After ridings were redistributed, he was re-elected in 1995. A restaurant and bake shop owner for the past 15 years, he was formerly the vice-president of the Carleton North PC Association. He has worked on many community projects over the years and is a former vice-president of the Centreville Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Shelley (McDougall) have four children.
Margaret-Ann Blaney was elected to represent Saint John-Kings on June 7, 1999. She was a leadership candidate for the New Brunswick PC Party in 1997, and also co-chaired the party policy development committee. In 1998 she chaired the Kidney Foundation fund-raising campaign in southern New Brunswick, an event which required 500 volunteers. She is involved in many activities, including Partnership 2000; board member of the Saint John Aquatic Centre, member of the Saint John Kings Rotary Club, and member of the Kennebecasis Valley Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Michael have a son and a daughter.
Jeannot Volpé was first elected to represent Madawaska-les-Lacs on Sept. 11, 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in physical education from Université de Moncton and taught physical education in the Edmundston area from 1973 to 1980. He has been involved in several farming organizations, was a founding member of an agricultural association and is a former chair of the N.B. Hog Marketing Board. He was also a director of the federal Green Plan on the environment. He and his wife Linda (Lord) have four sons and three grandchildren.
Milton Sherwood was elected in the riding of Grand Bay-Westfield in the 1995 general election. A former deputy mayor of Westfield, he served on council for nine years. He has a wide variety of volunteer services to his community. He also served as the Opposition critic for the departments of Environment, Solicitor General and the critic responsible for women's issues and seniors' issues. He chaired the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislative Assembly. He and his wife Lois (Lingley) have three children.
Dr. Dennis Furlong was first elected to represent riding of Restigouche East on June 7, 1999. He has been a family physician for 20 years and is the former president of the New Brunswick Medical Society. In 1985-86, he was president of the N.B. College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has worked with the New Brunswick Lung Association for many years, and has been a member of many boards and commissions. He chaired the committee which successfully brought the 2003 Canada Winter Games to the Chaleur region.
Norm McFarlane was first elected to represent Saint John Lancaster on June 7, 1999. He has been a member of many associations over the years, and has served as a director on the Kidney Foundation; director of the New Brunswick Protestant Orphans' Foundation; member of the Environment Committee for the City of Saint John, and past president of the Lancaster Minor Hockey Association. He was an assistant coach and manager with the Lancaster Little League. He and his wife Cynthia have two children.
Elvy Robichaud is a former teacher and school principal. He is a former board chair of the Hotel-Dieu Saint Joseph Hospital in Tracadie-Sheila, and a founding member of the Friends of the Tracadie Hospital Foundation. He was the board chairman of his local school district and a member of the Single Entry Point program for senior citizens. He was first elected to represent the riding of Tracadie-Sheila in a byelection Sept. 26, 1994. He is married to the former Claudia Mazerolle and they have three children.
Joan MacAlpine was elected to represent Moncton South on June 7, 1999. She was elected to Moncton city council in three elections and, in 1987, was appointed the first woman deputy mayor of Moncton. Her community involvement is extensive and includes representation on the Moncton Lions Senior Citizens Board, Moncton Community Policing Board, Cities of New Brunswick Association, Canadian Red Cross, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many others. She and her husband Robert have three daughters.
Kim Jardine was first elected to represent Miramichi Centre on June 7, 1999. She holds a bachelor of education from University of New Brunswick. Prior to being elected, she was the owner of a small business in Miramichi offering custom embroidered clothing and other promotional products. She is a member of Toastmasters and has participated in many community activities, including Canada Day celebrations. She and her husband, Kevin, have a son.
Peter Mesheau was elected to in the riding of Tantramar following a byelection Nov. 17, 1997. He worked extensively in communications, marketing and exporting in Eastern Canada and the United States. He has a long history of volunteer work and served on the citizens' health care group in Sackville. In the Legislative Assembly, his duties included Opposition critic for the Department of Health and Community Services. He and his wife, Linda (Coleman), have three children.
Paul Robichaud was elected to represent Lameque-Shippagan-Miscou on June 7, 1999. He has extensive experience in the political arena having served as an organizer with the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick, and worked as executive assistant to cabinet ministers at both the provincial and national levels. He has particular interest in the fishing industry in northern New Brunswick. He is married to Nathalie Robichaud, formerly of Bathurst.
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