Executive Council members named, sworn in (03/06/27)
June 27, 2003
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Premier Bernard Lord named his new cabinet today
in Fredericton. New members were sworn in during a ceremony at the Legislative
"Today, I am presenting to you the members of the Executive Council who will be charged with fulfilling the renewed mandate we have sought and been granted by the voters of our province," Lord said. "We sought and received a mandate to bring greater prosperity and opportunity to people. It is a mandate we will pursue each and every day of our government."
Ceremony proceedings were presided over by Lt.-Gov. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell and took place in the presence of the premier, the newly elected members of the legislature, their families and invited guests.
Lord named the members recommended for appointment. The lieutenant-governor then signed the orders of appointment. She then administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Executive Councillor's Oath to each member of the Executive Council.
Lord then recommended the assignment of ministerial responsibilities to each of the members of the Executive Council. The lieutenant-governor then signed the orders of assignment for each member.
"We have set a strong foundation for prosperity throughout our first mandate," Lord said during his address. "Now, as we begin our second mandate, we will accelerate our progress to prosperity with new initiatives and new commitments. The initiatives we will undertake and the commitments we will fulfill are set out in our platform, Reaching Higher. Going Further, and in Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick's Prosperity Plan.
"This includes a mandate to make New Brunswick even stronger. It is a mandate for more prosperity for families and workers; for lower automobile insurance rates, for better health care with more doctors and nurses; for more jobs with lower taxes for people and businesses; and for quality education with more teachers and resources in the classrooms where it counts the most.
"Each minister has an important role to play in fulfilling the mandate we have been given and the goals we are pursuing as a province," Lord said. "Each minister will be charged with completing the platform commitments we have made in their assigned areas. We will work closely as a team to ensure each of our members has the opportunity to contribute and serve the people they represent and the province we all serve."
Following his address, the premier and other Executive Council members gathered inside the Assembly chamber for an official photo.
Following is a list of the Executive Council members:
Bernard Lord, Premier, President of the Executive Council, Regional Development Corporation, Advisory Council on Youth, Council on the Status of the Disabled Persons, Chair of Policy and Priorities Committee
The son of Marie-Émilie and Ralph Lord, he grew up in a bilingual home in the Greater Moncton area. 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. Lord 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 became the 30th Premier of New Brunswick. He was re-elected as the member for Moncton East on June 9, 2003 and will be sworn-in again as Premier on June 26, 2003. He and his wife Diane have two children, Sébastien and Jasmine. (Large photo.)
Dale Graham, Deputy Premier, Minister of Supply and Services
Dale Graham was elected as member for Carleton following a by-election on June 28, 1993. After redistribution, he was re-elected in the general elections of Sept. 11, 1995 and June 7, 1999. On June 21, 1999, he was sworn in as Deputy Premier and Minister of Supply and Services. He was re-elected as member for Carleton on June 9, 2003. 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.( Large photo.)
Percy Mockler, Minister of Intergovernmental and International Relations, Francophonie, 2004 Celebrations, Service New Brunswick, Culture and Sports
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 Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was re-elected to the Legislature following a by-election on Nov. 29, 1993, and again in the provincial election of 1995. Mockler was re-elected on June 7, 1999, and was sworn in as Solicitor General and Minister of Human Resources Development and Housing on June 21, 1999. He was named Minister of Family and Community Services on March 23, 2000 and Minister of Transportation on Oct. 9, 2001. He was re-elected to represent the riding of Madawaska-la-Vallée on June 9, 2003. He and his wife, Suzanne (Soucy) have four children. (Large photo.)
Brad Green, Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Aboriginal Affairs, Government House Leader.
Brad Green was first elected to represent Fredericton South following a by-election on Oct. 18, 1998. He was re-elected on June 7, 1999 and was named Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Minster responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and served as House Leader during the 54th Legislative Assembly. He was re-elected to represent Fredericton South on June 9, 2003. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Green 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. Extensively involved in his community, Green is an active member and former president of the Epsilon Y's Men's Club, and served on the board of directors of the Fredericton YMCA. He has been extensively involved with his church, Saint Paul's United and is a volunteer with the Fredericton Community Kitchen. (Large photo.)
Wayne Steeves, Minister of Public Safety
Wayne Steeves was first elected as member for Albert on June 7,1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. He is a former special assistant to the Member of Parliament for the riding of Fundy-Royal, and a former executive assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources in New Brunswick. He has organized several campaigns and is also the past president of the Albert PC Association. A businessman, he has owned and operated Way-Mac Ventures Ltd., a small promotional product sales company, since 1982. He is rooted in his community and volunteers for a variety of organizations. He and his wife Tanya have two daughters and live in Lower Coverdale. (Large photo.)
Jeannot Volpé, Minister of Finance, Chair of Board of Management
Jeannot Volpé was first elected to represent Madawaska-les-Lacs on Sept. 11, 1995. He was re-elected on June 7, 1999 and was sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Energy Secretariat on June 21, 1999. He was re-elected as member for Madawaska-les-Lacs on June 9, 2003. 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. (Large photo.)
Paul Robichaud, Minister of Transportation
Paul Robichaud was elected to represent Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou on June 7, 1999. He was sworn in as minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture on June 21, 1999. He became Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture on March 23, 2000. He was appointed Minister of Tourism and Parks and Minister responsible for La Francophonie on Oct. 9, 2001 and served as Deputy House Leader during the 54th Legislative Assembly. He was re-elected to serve Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou on June 9, 2003. Robichaud previously 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. (Large photo.)
Keith Ashfield, Minister of Natural Resources
Keith Ashfield was elected as the member for New Maryland on June 7, 1999. On July 6, 1999, he was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House, and he was Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House. He was re-elected as member for New Maryland on June 9, 2003. Ashfield served for several years as the director of the Fredericton Progressive Conservative Party Association. A businessman, he is the former owner of several companies and he is currently president of Ashfield & Associates, Ltd. Ashfield has been an active participant in several school district associations and served as director and as chair of the Finance Committee for the Canadian School Boards Association. He currently lives in Lincoln with his wife Judy and two children, Tara and Seth. (Large photo.)
David Alward, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Alward was elected to represent Woodstock on June 7, 1999 and re-elected on June 9, 2003. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Alward was employed with the federal government from 1982 until 1996 and is currently self-employed as a human resource development and community development consultant. He and his family also operate a small farm in Riceville, N.B., where they raise purebred Hereford cattle and own and operate a small woodlot. Active in his community, Alward volunteered as an emergency medical technician and lab instructor with Saint John Ambulance and as a firefighter with the Meductic Fire Department as well as serving on a number of board and committees. He and his wife Rhonda have two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin. (Large photo.)
Elvy Robichaud, Minister of Health and Wellness
A former teacher and school principal, Robichaud attended the Université de Moncton and received a bachelor of physical education in 1975, a bachelor of education in 1981 and a master of education in 1983. He was first elected to represent the riding of Tracadie-Sheila in a by-election on Sept. 26, 1994. From Nov. 4, 1997 until Oct. 19, 1998, Mr. Robichaud served as interim leader of the official Opposition in the legislature. He was re-elected on June 7, 1999 and was sworn in as Minister of Education on June 21, 1999. On March 23, 2000 he was also named Minister responsible for the Culture and Sport Secretariat. He was appointed Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister responsible for the Office of Human Resources on Oct. 9, 2001. He was re-elected as member for Tracadie-Sheila on June 9, 2003. Robichaud 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 is married to the former Claudia Mazerolle and they have three children. (Large photo.)
Tony Huntjens, Minister of Family and Community Services, Advisory Council on Seniors
Antoon J. (Tony) Huntjens was first elected to represent Western Charlotte on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of New Brunswick. During his long teaching career, he has helped adult and children alike to upgrade their education. He has been actively involved in the Business Education Council as well as in curriculum development committees. He was president of the Charlotte County Music Festival and spent years as a choir director and a choir member. He is extensively involved with his church and volunteers for a variety of community organizations. Huntjens lives in St. Stephen. (Large photo.)
Margaret-Ann Blaney, Minister of Training and Employment Development, Status of Women
Margaret-Ann Blaney was elected to represent Saint John-Kings on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. She was sworn in as Minister of Transportation and as Minister responsible for the Status of Women on June 21, 1999 and was named Minister of Public Safety on Oct. 9, 2001. She was a leadership candidate for the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party in 1997, and also co-chaired the party policy development committee. As an active member of her community, Blaney chaired the 1998 Kidney Foundation Campaign, has served on the board of directors for the Saint John Aquatic Centre, and has been an active member of the Saint John-Kings Rotary as well as being a long time volunteer with the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. She and her husband Michael have a son and a daughter. (Large photo.)
Madeleine Dubé, Minister of Education
A social worker by profession, Madeleine (Mado) Dubé received a Bachelor of Social Work from Université de Moncton, and completed coursework for a Masters of Social Work at Université Laval. In addition to working in her field and operating a human development agency, Dubé also taught courses at Université de Moncton, Edmundston campus. An active member of her community, she is past president of the Edmundston Progressive Conservative Association and is the co-founder and treasurer of the Association des programmes d'aide aux employés du Nouveau-Brunswick, and a member or director of a number of regional and provincial organizations. Dubé was elected to represent Edmundston on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. During her first term as MLA, she chaired the Select Committee on Health Care. (Large photo.)
Brenda Fowlie, Minister of Environment and Local Government
Brenda Fowlie was a member of Quispamsis Town Council from 1995 until she was elected to represent the riding of Kennebecasis on June 7, 1999. Fowlie's work experience indicates a strong connection to her community. She worked for many years as a school board trustee for the District 19 (now 6) School Board and worked as a columnist for the former Saint John Times Globe and hosted two talk shows on TVNB (now Rogers Television), "Hot Topic" and "This Week.". She has been very active in the community, volunteering with the Rothesay Regional Police to help with community based policing, the Alternative Measures Committee, Lakefield Elementary School, and various other organizations. Fowlie lives in Quispamsis with her husband Ron and their two children, Colin and Megan. (Large photo.)
Peter Mesheau, Minister of Business New Brunswick, eNB
Mesheau was born in Sackville. A graduate of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, he worked extensively in the communications, manufacturing and marketing sectors. Over the years he has been an active volunteer with numerous community and business groups. He was first elected to represent Tantramar in a by-election on November 17, 1997. He was re-elected in the general election of June 7, 1999 and was sworn in as Minister of the former department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture on June 21, 1999. He was appointed Minister of Investment and Exports and Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick in April 2000. He was appointed Minister of Finance on Oct. 9, 2001. Mesheau was re-elected as member for Tantramar on June 9, 2003. (Large photo.)
Joan MacAlpine, Minister of Tourism and Parks
Joan MacAlpine was elected to represent Moncton South on June 7, 1999. She was sworn in as Minister of Municipalities on June 21, 1999 and became Minister of Business New Brunswick on March 23, 2000. She was named Minister of Family and Community Services on Oct. 9, 2001. She was re-elected as member for Moncton South on June 9, 2003. MacAlpine entered politics in 1992, when she was elected to Moncton city council, and was re-elected in 1995 and 1998. In 1997, she 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. MacAlpine has three daughters: Megan, Julie and Haley. (Large photo.)
Rose-May Poirier, Minister of Human Resources
A successful sales person and manager, Poirier has worked for Assumption Life and as an executive manager for Tupperware Canada, where she earned a number of distinctions as a sales leader, manager and recruiter. Poirier was first elected on June 7, 1999, to represent Rogersville-Kouchibouguac and served as chair of government caucus. She was re-elected on June 9, 2003. Active in her community, she was president of the Rogersville-Kouchibouguac Progressive Conservative Association and served for six years as town counsellor for the village of Saint-Louis de Kent, where she was involved with the Saint-Louis de Kent volunteer firefighters, the World Acadian Congress, the Acadian Games, and Promo-Kent as well as other fundraising activities and various committees. Poirier lives in Saint-Louis de Kent with her husband Donald and their daughters, Diane and Lisa. (Large photo.)
Bruce Fitch, Minister of Energy
Born and raised in Moncton, Fitch attended Mount Allison University and graduated with a degree in biology. Currently an Investment Executive/Financial Planner with Scotia McLeod, Fitch entered politics in 1989 when he was elected as a councillor in Riverview, serving as councillor until he was elected mayor in 1998. He was elected as member for Riverview on June 9, 2003. Fitch has been involved in the community for many years and has been a member of many boards and committees, including the Codiac Regional Police Board, Lakeview Manor Senior Citizens Home, and Atlantic Baptist University. He and wife Nancy live in Riverview and have three children; Lauren, Lucas, and Jenna. (Large photo.)
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