Nov. 20, 2008
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, to be delivered Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Carmel Robichaud (MLA-Miramichi Bay-Neguac) will move the acceptance of the throne speech at the opening of the third session of the 56th legislative assembly. The motion will be seconded by Eugene McGinley (MLA-Grand Lake-Gagetown).
"These two members have shown dedication and commitment to the service of their province and to their specific communities," Murphy said. "I am proud to have them act as mover and seconder to the throne speech as we prepare for a productive session."
Robichaud spent 35 years teaching, ranging from kindergarten to high school in both official languages as well as serving as a department head, vice-principal and taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of New Brunswick. During her time teaching, she also pursued a number of university degrees, including a master of education in school administration at the Université de Moncton in 1997.
She was first elected to the legislative assembly on June 9, 2003. She was re-elected in the 2006 provincial election, now serving as MLA for the new electoral district of Miramichi Bay-Neguac. She has served as minister of family and community Services; minister responsible for the status of women; minister of local government; and minister responsible for community non-profit organizations. She has two children and four grand-children.
McGinley, born in Chipman, graduated from UNB in 1957. He continued his education, studying international and civil law in Texas in 1962. From 1963 to 1991, he practised law in Bathurst. He was designated Queen's counsel in 1985.
McGinley was first elected to the legislative assembly in a byelection in 1972 to represent Bathurst. Elected on June 9, 2003, as MLA for Grand Lake, he was re-elected on Sept.18, 2006, as the first MLA for the new electoral district of Grand Lake-Gagetown. He was elected speaker of the legislative assembly on Feb. 6, 2007.
McGinley was the official opposition critic for interests relating to seniors. In government, he served as minister of state for seniors and housing. He has five children and 12 grand-children. He lives in Chipman with his wife, Anne Marie.
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