Office of the Premier

Changes to cabinet and departments aimed at helping province achieve new goals (06/02/14)

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Feb. 14, 2006

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Significant changes have been made to both the cabinet and the structure of the provincial government to better position New Brunswick to carry out Premier Bernard Lord's new Five in Five Initiative.

"Effective today, I am presenting to New Brunswickers a new cabinet and a realigned structure of government which will help us to implement the Five in Five Initiative we have set out to accelerate and surpass our success as a province," Lord said.

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Five ministers and their respective departments will be responsible for implementing the Five in Five Initiative, with the Premier acting as overall minister responsible for the initiative:

"The government will continue to be anchored by its three biggest departments," Lord said. "We will continue to see record investments in health care and education, and Business New Brunswick will continue to play a critical role in implementing Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick's Prosperity Plan. Government action and implementation of policies will be supported by all departments working together to reach higher and go further.

"These five ministers and their departments will be primarily responsible for ensuring we are meeting the objectives of the Five in Five Initiative. The restructuring of government operations demonstrates our clear focus on these objectives, and will support these ministers as we work to achieve these goals for the province.

"That is why I am proud to present to New Brunswickers the members of the Executive Council who will join me in leading our restructured and refocused government forward."

The new ministers are Claude Williams (MLA for Kent South), Minister of Education; Jody Carr (MLA for Oromocto-Gagetown), Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Training; Kirk MacDonald (MLA for Mactaquac), Minister of Business New Brunswick; Brenda Fowlie (MLA for Kennebecasis), Minister of Energy; and Bev Harrison, (MLA for Hampton-Belleisle), Minister of Supply and Services and Government House Leader.

In addition to the five new members of cabinet, the Premier announced five changes of portfolio. The following ministers will assume new portfolios:

Nine ministers will remain in their current portfolios:

"The members of our new team bring a wealth of experience as ministers and as MLAs to the cabinet table," Lord said. "I am confident they will serve the people and taxpayers of this province with honour and enthusiasm as we work together to achieve our Five in Five goals and bring even greater opportunity to all New Brunswickers."

There will be 18 cabinet ministers, plus the Premier.

The following is the full list of new departments and secretariats being created:

The following departments and secretariats remain, some with adjusted mandates:

"I want to sincerely thank the members of cabinet that have served the people of New Brunswick with passion and dedication but will be leaving cabinet and continue to serve their constituents and our province from within caucus," Lord said. "I also want to acknowledge the vital contribution of all caucus members to the advancement of our province. I am very fortunate to be supported by a great team of women and men who care so much about New Brunswick and New Brunswickers."

The new members of the Executive Council will be sworn in at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 during a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Biographical information on cabinet members follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Chisholm Pothier, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.

Bernard Lord, Premier, President of the Executive Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, Minister responsible for the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, Minister responsible for the Five in Five Initiative

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. Lord has been recognized by many as a person of vision and leadership and was chosen as one of Time magazine's top 25 New Generation of Leaders in Canada. He also holds the honour of Alumni of the Year from the Université de Moncton and was awarded the title of Grand Officier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade from the International Association of Francophone Parliamentarians. In addition, he holds an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of New Brunswick, and an honorary degree in Political Science from the Université de Moncton. He was re-elected as the member for Moncton East on June 9, 2003 and was sworn-in again as Premier on June 26, 2003. He and his wife Diane have two children, Sébastien and Jasmine.

Dale Graham, Deputy Premier, Minister of the Office of Human Resources, Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick, Chair of the Policy and Priorities Committee

Dale Graham was elected as member for Carleton following a by-election on June 28, 1995. 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 and was reappointed as Deputy Premier and Minister of Supply and Services on Friday, June 27, 2003. On July 22, 2005, he was appointed as acting Minister of the Environment and Local Government. 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.

Jeannot Volpé, Minister of Finance, Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation, Minister responsible for the Lotteries Commission of New Brunswick, Chair of the Board of Management, Minister responsible for the 2nd goal of the Premier's Five in Five Initiative

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 and was sworn in as Minister of Finance on June 27, 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. Volpé is the proud father of four sons, Dino, Gino, Bruno and Marco.

Brad Green, Minister of Health and Attorney General

Brad Green was first elected to represent Fredericton South following a by-election on Oct. 18, 1998. He was re-elected to represent the riding of Fredericton South on June 7, 1999 and on June 27, 2003. Mr. Green was named Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Minster responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and served as House Leader during the 54th and 55th Legislative Assembly. 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. Green married Jennifer Sutherland in August 2004.

Bev Harrison, Minister of Supply and Services, Government House Leader

Born in Saint John, Bev Harrison graduated from the University of New Brunswick with Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees. After a long teaching career, he retired as principal of Saint John High School in 1997. Harrison was first elected MLA for Saint John-Fundy in 1978 and was re-elected in 1982. He was elected on June 7, 1999, to represent Hampton-Belleisle and was elected speaker of the 54th Legislature on July 6, 1999. He was re-elected on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected Speaker of the 55th Legislature on July 29, 2003. Harrison has been extremely involved in his community and province, serving as chair of District 6 and vice-chair of District 19 school boards and as chair of numerous education-related committees. As commanding officer of the local air cadet squadron, he organized the first Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme for Cadets in Canada and started the first training for girls in the cadet program in Canada. Harrison is active in many heritage and cultural associations, serving as national vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, president of the St. George's Society, and with many other associations and organizations. Harrison and his wife Marje have one son, Nigel, and live in Hampton.

Percy Mockler, Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport, Minister responsible for the Immigration and Repatriation Secretariat, Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Minister responsible for the 3rd goal of the Premier's Five in Five Initiative

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. On June 27, 2003, Mockler was sworn-in as Minister of Intergovernmental and International Relations, as well as Minister responsible for the Francophonie, 2004 Celebrations, Service New Brunswick, and Culture and Sport. He and his wife, Suzanne (Soucy) have four children.

Claude Williams, Minister of Education

Claude Williams won the April 23, 2001, by-election for the riding of Kent South and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. He was the chair of the Select Committee on Health Care. He was a member of the Select Committee on Wood Supply and the Select Committee on Public Automobile Insurance. He holds a bachelor of business administration from the Université de Moncton. Williams served as executive assistant to Omer Léger, MLA for Kent South (1971-1978, 1982-1987), before becoming regional coordinator for the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture. Active in his community, he was chair and member of the District 12 school board from 1981 to 1987 and was a member of the board of directors of the Caisse populaire de Saint-Antoine and president of the Kent South section of Canadian Mental Health Association. He also served as a municipal councillor in Saint-Antoine in the 1980s. Williams and his wife Bernice LeBlanc have two daughters, Vicky and Monica.

Jody Carr, Minister of Post-secondary Education and Training, Minister responsible for the 1st goal of the Premier's Five in Five Initiative

Born in Saint John, Jody Carr grew up in Geary. He received a degree in business administration from the University of New Brunswick, majoring in economics. In 1995, at 20 years old, he was the youngest Progressive Conservative Party candidate in New Brunswick history when he ran in the riding of Oromocto-Gagetown. He was co-chair of the 1997 Progressive Conservative leadership convention and worked as a researcher in the Office of the Official Opposition. Carr was elected to represent Oromocto-Gagetown on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. He chaired the Standing Committee on Law Amendments and he was vice-chair of the Select Committee on Education. He was also chair of the Fredericton region government caucus and chair of the provincial government caucus. Carr lives in Burton with his wife Krista (Barker) their daughter, Taylor Lauren Rochelle.

Madeleine Dubé, Minister of Family and Community Services, Minister responsible for Seniors, Minister responsible for the 5th goal of the Premier's Five in Five Initiative

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. She was sworn in as Minister of Education on June 27, 2003. Ms. Dubé lives in Edmundston with her husband Mike and her two children, Shawn and Paryse.

Trevor Holder, Minister of Environment, Minister responsible for the 4th goal of the Premier's Five in Five Initiative

Trevor Holder was first elected to represent Saint John Portland on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. Holder served as Deputy Speaker and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the Legislative Administration Committee. He was named Minister of the Environment and Local Government on Nov. 21, 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John in 1995. While at UNBSJ, he served as president of the Student Council, on the UNBSJ Senate and as president of the UNBSJ PC Youth Association. A financial planner, he was employed with London Life Insurance Company in Saint John from 1996 until his election in 1999. He served on the executive of the PC Party of New Brunswick and on the Saint John Portland PC Association. Active in the Saint John community, he is a member and past president of the United Empire Loyalist Association, a member of the Canadian Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors, is active in his church and has volunteered with a number of community organizations. He and his wife Brenda and daughters Margaret and Katherine live in Saint John.

Kirk MacDonald, Minister of Business New Brunswick

Born in Stanley, Kirk MacDonald graduated from the University of New Brunswick, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1997. He was elected to represent the riding of Mactaquac on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003. He was chair of the Select Committee on Wood Supply and served on the Select Committee on Public Automobile Insurance. An entrepreneur and businessman with strong interests in agriculture and forestry, MacDonald has been involved with a number of business ventures and currently owns the MacDonald Shingleworks and a senior's apartment complex. MacDonald has also contributed to his community as a volunteer. He is currently a Director of the Tobique-Mactaquac Progressive Conservative Association, is active in his church and with the Stanley Fair and is a member of the Stanley Agricultural Society #35 and the UNB Business Society. He currently lives in Stanley.

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. 11, 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 and was sworn in as Minister of Transportation on June 27, 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.

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 was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture on June 27, 2003. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. He has also completed course work toward a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. 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 served on the Centennial Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, the School District 12 Stay-in-School Committee, and the local agricultural employment board. Alward and his wife Rhonda have two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin.

Brenda Fowlie, Minister of Energy

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. From June 27, 2003 until July 21, 2005, she served as Minister of the Environment and Local Government. 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 active in the community, volunteering with various organizations to foster social, economic and cultural growth in her area. Fowlie lives in Quispamsis with her husband Ron and has two children, Colin and Megan.

Joan MacAlpine-Stiles, Minister of Tourism and Parks, Minister responsible for the Status of Women

Joan MacAlpine-Stiles 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 and sworn in as Minister of Tourism and Parks on June 27th, 2003. She was named acting Family and Community Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on Seniors on Oct. 31, 2005. MacAlpine-Stiles 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. Mrs. MacAlpine-Stiles has three daughters and three step-children. She married MLA Wally Stiles on Sept. 17, 2005.

Rose-May Poirier, Minister of Local Government, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs

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 and sworn in as Minister of the Office of Human Resources on June 27, 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. They have two daughters, Diane and Lisa, and four grandchildren.

Bruce Fitch, Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs

Born and raised in Moncton, Fitch attended Mount Allison University and graduated with a degree in biology. Formerly 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. He was sworn in as Minister of Energy on June 27, 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.

Wayne Steeves, Minister of Public Safety

O. Wayne Steeves was first elected as member for Albert on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003, and was sworn in as Minister of Public Safety on June 27, 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, Krista and Melissa, and live in Lower Coverdale.

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