Premier Graham, Executive Council members named, sworn in (06/10/03)
Oct. 3, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham and the members of the Executive Council were sworn in this morning in a ceremony held at the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly in Fredericton.
Referencing the provincial motto Hope Restored, Graham spoke about the new government's vision for New Brunswick.
"Ours is a province built on hope. Hope Restored is not simply a motto in New Brunswick; it is a way of life," Graham said. "Our government will continue to choose hope each and every day. We will not lose a moment to fear or complacency. Ours will be a government based on hope and hard work.
"We will put New Brunswick on the road to self-sufficiency; we will work with our teachers to build the best education system in this country; we will be a North American leader in energy generation and conservation, and we will make economic development a priority again."
The ceremony was presided over by Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson and took place in the presence of the Premier, Executive Council, their families and invited guests. A separate ceremony will be held in the afternoon for all the newly elected members of the legislature.
In keeping with the long-standing tradition of the Legislative Assembly, Graham named the members recommended for appointment, which the lieutenant-governor signed. The lieutenant-governor administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Executive Councillor's Oath to each member of the Executive Council.
Graham 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.
The new Executive Council reflects commitments Graham made regarding cabinet structure. A new Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture and new Department of Fisheries were formed. As well, a Minister of State for Seniors and a Minister of State for Housing were named.
In his remarks to the Assembly, Graham impressed upon his new cabinet the important and rare duty being placed on each of them.
"We serve our province not merely through a series of grand gestures, but rather through each action and each decision we take," Graham said. "Approach your duties with the greatest diligence, the strongest sense of purpose and the clearest commitment to put the interests of New Brunswickers first."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of the Executive Council members. MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-447-2189.
New Cabinet List
Shawn Graham (Kent)
Shawn Graham was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election in October 1998. He was re-elected in the general elections of June 7, 1999, June 9, 2003, and Sept. 18, 2006. He became the leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick and Leader of the Official Opposition on May 12, 2002. As an opposition MLA, he also served as critic for several portfolios, including Health, Education, Family and Community Services and Agriculture. He also served on a number of legislative committees.
Graham was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister responsible for the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons on Oct. 3, 2006.
Graham holds bachelor degrees from St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick. He also attended the Université Canadienne en France for a year of immersion studies. Following university, he worked extensively in the New Brunswick public service. He spent five years as the executive assistant to the minister of natural resources and energy. As the manager of industrial development, he identified opportunities for the development of value-added forest product manufacturing. Graham is actively involved in a number of community organizations, including Ducks Unlimited and is a past member of the Rexton Credit Union and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He and his wife, Roxanne Reeves, live in Mundleville.
Thomas J. Burke (Fredericton-Nashwaaksis)
Thomas J. (T.J.) Burke was first elected to the Legislature on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he was served as Aboriginal Affairs critic and Justice critic. He was a member of the Standing Committees on Private Bills and Law Amendments and the Select Committee on Public Automobile Insurance. Burke was sworn in as Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs on Oct. 3, 2006.
A graduate of Fredericton High School, he enlisted in the United States Military and served as a paratrooper and forward observer for an infantry company with the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was honourably discharged in 1995. Upon his return to Fredericton, he obtained a bachelor of arts at the University of New Brunswick and later a bachelor of laws at Dalhousie University. He practises law in Fredericton and is a part-time instructor at St. Thomas University. He and his wife, Tanya, have three daughters, Ashley, Molly and Cindy.
John Foran (Miramichi Centre)
John Winston Foran was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as Public Safety critic and was appointed to chair the Opposition Youth at Risk Committee. He was also a member of the Select Committee on Wood Supply. Foran was sworn in as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on Oct. 3, 2006.
A graduate of Miramichi Valley High School and the Atlantic Police Academy, he retired from the Miramichi Police Force at the rank of superintendent. He was a trustee on the School District 16 School Board and served four consecutive terms on the Newcastle Town Council, on which he held the positions of councillor, deputy mayor and acting mayor. He and his wife, the former Patricia Ullock, have three children and one grandchild.
Victor Boudreau (Shediac-Cap-Pelé)
Victor Boudreau was first elected to the Legislature in a by-election held on Oct. 4, 2004. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as Health and Wellness critic. He was also a member of several legislative committees. Boudreau was sworn in as Minister of Finance, Minister of Local Government, 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, and Minister responsible for Red Tape Reduction on Oct. 3, 2006.
Boudreau holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences with a major in political science and a minor in business administration from the Université de Moncton. Formerly the manager of the Village of Cap-Pelé, he served as executive assistant to former cabinet minister Bernard Richard and was riding assistant to Senator Fernand Robichaud while the latter was secretary of state in the federal cabinet. He has been active in politics since 1987 and has been involved with community organizations. He lives in Shediac with his wife, Michelle Arsenault, and their two daughters, Dominique and Gabrielle.
Roly MacIntyre (Saint John East)
Roly MacIntyre was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on Sept. 11, 1995. He was appointed minister of advanced education and labour on Sept. 21, 1995 and minister of economic development, tourism and culture on May 14, 1998. He was re-elected to the legislature on June 9, 2003 and on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as Energy critic. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. MacIntyre was sworn in as Minister of Supply and Services and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation on Oct. 3, 2006.
MacIntyre joined the former Unemployment Insurance Commission in 1971 and was transferred to Saint John as regional manager in 1976. In 1978, he was appointed district manager of the newly created Department of Human Resource Development Canada. He spent 25 years as a senior public servant until his retirement in 1995. He is past chair of PRO Kids and was chair of the New Brunswick Senior Friendship Games 2003. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Saint John, the Greater Saint John Economic Development Commission and the Saint John Airport Commission. He has been supportive of youth in sports and served as District Administrator of Little League Canada; President of Simonds Minor Hockey Association; and Vice-Chairman of the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association. MacIntyre and his wife, the former Phyllis Coady, have three children and live in East Saint John.
Denis Landry (Centre-Péninsule-Saint-Sauveur)
Denis Landry was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the Sept. 11, 1995 general election. He was re-elected on June 9, 2003 and on Sept. 18, 2006. He was a member of several legislative committees. As a member of the Official Opposition, he was the critic for areas of interest related to automobile insurance. Landry was sworn in as Minister of Transportation on Oct. 3, 2006.
Landry studied at the Memramcook Institute, St. Francis Xavier University and the Université de Moncton in Shippagan. He worked as a logger for 17 years and served as secretary-treasurer and president of the local chapter of the Canadian Paperworkers Union. He has also served as president of the Acadian Peninsula Labour Council, president of the coalition against changes in unemployment insurance, and New Brunswick co-ordinator for the World Summit for Social Development. More recently, he has worked as a sales representative for a Bathurst-area automobile dealership. Landry and his wife, Johanne, have three children, Sébastien, Natacha and Cédric.
Donald Arseneault (Dalhousie - Restigouche East)
Donald Arseneault was first elected to the Legislature on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as caucus chair and Tourism critic. He was also a member of the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. He was sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources on Oct. 3, 2006.
Arseneault attended the Université de Moncton and CCNB-Dieppe. He later worked as an economic development officer, a marketing director with CCNB-Dieppe, and an adviser with the Mouvement des caisses populaires acadiennes. He was a member of the Dalhousie Business Improvement Area Corporation, Business Retention and Expansion International, and the Dalhousie Chamber of Commerce. Arseneault is active in his community and is vice-président of the New Brunswick section of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. He and his wife, Misty McAlister, have two young sons, Matthew and Madison.
Jack Keir (Fundy-River Valley)
Jack Keir was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the Sept. 18, 2006 general election. Keir worked with the Bank of Nova Scotia for three years before attending Saint Mary's University in Halifax, where he obtained a bachelor of commerce degree. He subsequently worked with the A.C. Neilsen Company and later Saint John Shipbuilding as a performance measurement officer. In 1995, he became general manager for the Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority. Since 2002, he has headed the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission.
Keir served two terms as a councillor on Grand Bay council and was the founding chairperson of the Regional Facilities Commission. He also served as acting as co-chair of the Saint John Flames season ticket drive, chair of the Volunteer Fire Department study in Grand Bay-Westfield, chair of the facilities study for recreation in Greater Saint John and chair of the Provincial Affairs Committee for Saint John Board of Trade. He is also a member of the Maine-New Brunswick Trade Corridor committee. He is married to Barbara (Jeffrey). Keir was sworn in as Minister of Energy and Minister responsible for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency of New Brunswick on Oct. 3, 2006.
Ronald Ouellette (Grand Falls-Drummond - Saint-André)
Ronald Ouellette was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as the Immigration critic and the Local Government critic. He was also a member of the Select Committee on Education. Ouellette was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture on Oct. 3, 2006.
After receiving his bachelor of education from the Université de Moncton, he began his 31-year teaching career, during which he held various positions, including vice-principal at John Caldwell School and department head at the Polyvalente Thomas-Albert. He taught special-needs children for many years. From 1984 to 1987, he served as a councillor before becoming the mayor of Grand Falls from 1987 to 1992. He sat on the industrial commission for 11 years, including two years as president, and became president of the urban planning commission in 1999. He has been active in both his church and his community. He and his wife, Doreen Cyr, raised three children and have four granddaughters. In 1993, they became guardians for Rina, who became part of the family.
Rick Doucet (Charlotte-The Isles)
Rick Doucet was first elected to the Legislature on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as Fisheries and Aquaculture critic. He was also a member of three legislative committees. Doucet was sworn in as Minister of Fisheries on Oct. 3, 2006.
A graduate of Rothesay Collegiate School and the Holland College business program, he worked with a major Canadian airline in sales and marketing before joining his family's retail business. He is now involved in food service, photography and photographic retailing. He was a member of the St. George Town Council, president of the St. George Rotary Club, and a member of the RCS Netherwood board of directors. He now sits on the Town of St. George Planning and Advisory Commission. Doucet and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Nicole and Jonathan.
Michael Murphy (Moncton North)
Michael Murphy was first elected to the Legislature on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as Finance critic. He was also a member of the Standing Committee on Law Amendments. Murphy was sworn in as Minister of Health on Oct. 3, 2006.
Murphy holds a bachelor of business administration and a bachelor of law from the University of New Brunswick as well as a master of law from Osgoode Law School, York University. He has practised law for 22 years in both official languages throughout New Brunswick and has been lead counsel on many precedent-setting cases at the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. He is also a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and actively involved in many community events and organizations. Murphy is married to the former Moira Kelly, also a barrister, and they have five children: Timothy, Tara, Keegan, Molly and Aodhán.
Carmel Robichaud (Miramichi Bay-Neguac)
Carmel Robichaud was first elected to the Legislature on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, she served as Education critic and Status of Women critic. She was also a member of the Select Committee on Education. Robichaud was sworn in as Minister of Family and Community Services and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women on Oct. 3, 2006.
During her 35-year teaching career, Robichaud taught students from kindergarten to high school in both official languages in New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. She also served as a co-ordinator of the French as a second language and immersion program, a French department head, and a vice-principal. She also taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of New Brunswick, and served on the board of the Centre Beausoleil for adults with special needs. She has two children and four grandchildren.
Hédard Albert (Caraquet)
Hédard Albert was first elected to the Legislature in the June 9, 2003 general election and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as critic for interests relating to official languages, intergovernmental affairs, and culture and sport. He was also a member of the Select Committee on Health Care. Albert was sworn in as Minister of Human Resources and Minister responsible for La Francophonie on Oct. 3, 2006.
Albert holds a bachelor of arts, with a major in biology, as well as a bachelor of education from the Université de Moncton. He spent 34 years at the New Brunswick School of Fisheries in Caraquet where he held various positions, including director. He was also regional administrator at the Fisheries and Aquaculture office in Caraquet and was responsible for aquaculture research at the Shippagan Aquarium and Marine Centre and worked on numerous international development projects. Albert and his wife, Ginette Blanchard, have one daughter, Stéphanie.
Ed Doherty (Saint John Harbour)
Dr. Edward (Ed) Joseph Doherty was first elected to the Legislature in a by-election held Nov. 14, 2005. Doherty studied at St. Francis Xavier University and received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1974, where he later specialized in ophthalmology. He completed his medical internship at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and was a family physician in Antigonish from 1975 to 1980. Since 1984, he has been a consulting ophthalmologist in uptown Saint John and a lecturer. For the past several years, he has been a volunteer ophthalmologist in the Caribbean Island of Dominica. He is now working with researchers from the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University.
Doherty has held many executive positions in a variety of organizations, including the University of New Brunswick Board of Governors, the New Brunswick Museum Board of Directors, and the St. Joseph's Hospital Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Saint John Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative, the Saint Patrick's Society, the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the New Brunswick Museum. Doherty and his wife, the former Mary Reid, have three children and three grandchildren. Doherty was sworn in as Minister of Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs on Oct. 3, 2006.
Kelly Lamrock (Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak)
Kelly Lamrock was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on June 9, 2003 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. In November 2003, he was appointed Official Opposition House Leader. He also served as the critic for matters pertaining to learning, employment, innovation, democratic reform, human rights and the Provincial Capital Commission. He was also a member of the Standing Committee on Estimates, the Standing Committee on Procedure, and the Legislative Administration Committee. Lamrock was sworn in as Minister of Education, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, and Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission on Oct. 3, 2006.
Lamrock earned a bachelor of arts from St. Thomas University in 1995 and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1997. He served as president of the student union at both universities, as national chair of the Canadian Federation of Students and was a founding president of the New Brunswick Student Alliance. After graduation, he built a law practice focused on information technology law and served as a public policy consultant to many educational groups. In 1998, he became the director of policy and communications for the New Brunswick Healthcare Association, a group representing New Brunswick's hospital corporations. He has served as director of student affairs at St. Thomas and has taught political science courses at both St. Thomas and UNB in Saint John. Lamrock has been very active in community theatre groups and has volunteered his time to a variety of fundraisers. He is past president of the St. Thomas University Alumni Association and a member of the New Brunswick Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association, and Amnesty International. He and his wife Karen have two children, Kennedy and Kayleigh.
Roland Haché (Nigadoo-Chaleur)
Roland Haché was first elected to the Legislature in the June 7, 1999 general election. He was re-elected on June 9, 2003 and on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as critic for several areas and as Liberal Caucus Whip. He was also a member of many legislative committees. Haché was sworn in as Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative on Oct. 3, 2006.
Haché holds a bachelor of arts with a specialization in administration, as well as a bachelor of education from the Université de Moncton. He has extensive experience as a teacher and worked as a school-dropout prevention worker and discipline development officer. Haché served as mayor of the Village of Petit Rocher, president of the Administration portuaire du quai régionale de Petit-Rocher, towns and villages representative to the New Brunswick Employees Pension Plan, and adviser to the Chaleur Regional Development Commission. He has one son, Chris, and a granddaughter, Charlotte.
Greg Byrne (Fredericton-Lincoln)
Greg Byrne, Q.C., was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in September 1995 and was re-elected on Sept. 18, 2006. In his first term, Byrne held a number of portfolios, including minister of justice and attorney general, minister of state for mines and energy, minister responsible for Service New Brunswick and Government House Leader. He was also a member of various boards and legislative committees. Byrne was sworn in as Minister of Business New Brunswick, Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick, and Minister responsible for the Immigration and Repatriation Secretariat on Oct. 3, 2006.
Byrne obtained a bachelor of arts at St. Thomas University in 1984 and a bachelor of laws at the University of New Brunswick in 1987. He joined the Fredericton law firm of Whitehead, Bird, Miles and Byrne in 1989 as a partner. He is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and the York-Sunbury Barristers Society. He serves as president of the St. Thomas University Alumni Association and is an active member of the university's Board of Governors. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nurses Association and was also a member of the Marysville Heritage Committee, the Fredericton Northside Community Healthcare Centre Committee, the Board of Directors of Youth in Transition Inc. and the Irish Canadian Cultural Association. He has three children: Alex, Hilary and Andrew.
Stuart Jamieson (Saint John-Fundy)
Stuart Jamieson was first elected to the Legislature on Oct. 13, 1987. He was re-elected in the Sept. 23, 1991 and Sept. 11, 1995 general elections. He was appointed government whip in November 1995, Minister of State for Rural Development on June 23, 1997 and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on May 12, 1998. He was re-elected on June 9, 2003 and on Sept. 18, 2006. As a member of the Official Opposition, he served as Environment critic and was a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Jamieson was sworn in as Minister of Tourism and Parks and Government House Leader on Oct. 3, 2006.
Jamieson helped initiate the Scenic Route Program for the province and he is actively involved in building and developing the Fundy Trail between St. Martins and Fundy National Park. He and his wife, Martha, live in Gardner Creek and are the proud parents of three children, Michelle, Holly and Simon.
Mary Schryer (Quispamsis)
Mary Schryer was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the Sept. 18, 2006 general election. A sales manager with Clarica/Sun Life, Schryer has served her community and the Greater Saint John region in a number of capacities. She is a director on the Rothesay Regional Police Commission and the Atlantic Health Sciences Corp. and has served as president and director of the Kennebecasis Valley Chamber of Commerce, chair of The 2006 Kidney Foundation Fund Raising Drive, member of the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre and director for the Economic Development Commission. She and her husband, Scott, have lived in Quispamsis for more than 20 years. They have two children: Erin and Davis. Schryer was sworn in as Minister of State for Seniors and Minister of State for Housing on Oct. 3, 2006.