Jan. 6, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - As their first order of business, members of the Fifty-Sixth Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick today elected Liberal MLA Eugene McGinley (Grand Lake-Gagetown) to preside over their deliberations as Speaker of the House.
Continuing tradition, Premier Shawn Graham and Opposition Leader Jeannot Volpé dragged a 'reluctant' Mr. McGinley to the throne where he returned thanks for his election.
A native of Chipman, NB, he graduated from UNB with a BA (Honours in Economics) and in 1958 obtained a Master of Arts Degree (Economics). He was a Sir James Dunn Scholar. He earned his Bachelor of Civil Law Degree from UNB and continued the study of international and civil law in the United States. From 1963 to 1991 he practised law in Bathurst. He was awarded the distinction of Queen's Council in 1985.
He chaired the Bathurst Planning Appeal Board and was a research economist with the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.
McGinley, who was MLA for the city of Bathurst from 1972 to 1978, has been actively involved in Liberal politics since he was a teenager.
Previous to his re-election to the 55th Legislature in 2003 as MLA for Grand Lake, he completed five years as chairperson of the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board. He has served on a variety of standing and select legislative committees.
Loredana Catalli Sonier, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, noted that the Speaker assumes the position of highest authority in the house. As the guardian of the privileges of the assembly, he is charged with maintaining order and decorum, with enforcing the rules of procedure, and with deciding all questions of order. The speaker also chairs the Legislative Administration Committee.
MEDIA CONTACT: Loredana Catalli Sonier, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, 506-453-2506.