Executive Council / Office of the Premier

Additions, changes to cabinet aimed at implementing self-sufficiency (07/10/31)

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Oct. 31, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Premier Shawn Graham today announced additions and changes to cabinet intended to better position government to implement the government's self-sufficiency agenda.

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"Today, I'm proud to put before New Brunswickers the team that will make the changes we need to put our province firmly on the road to a self-sufficient New Brunswick," Graham said. "We will soon be unveiling our government's action plan in response to the Self-Sufficiency Task Force report. Today we have realigned our cabinet to support the four pillars of this transformation: our government, our relationships, our workforce and our economy."

Two new ministers were sworn in:

  • Eugene McGinley, MLA for Grand Lake-Gagetown, becomes minister of State for Seniors and Housing.
  • Wally Stiles, MLA for Petitcodiac, becomes minister of Human Resources.

Three ministers will take on new portfolios:

  • Hédard Albert, currently minister of Human Resources, becomes minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport. He will also remain Minister responsible for the Francophonie.
  • Carmel Robichaud, currently minister of Family and Community Services and minister responsible for the Status of Women, becomes minister of Local Government and minister responsible for community non-profit organizations.
  • Mary Schryer, currently minister of state for Seniors and Housing, becomes minister of Family and Community Services and minister responsible for the Status of Women.

The new members of the Executive Council were sworn in today during a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly. A new speaker will be elected when the new legislative session begins on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

"In her new role, as minister responsible for community non-profit organizations, Minister Robichaud will take on the challenge of addressing the recommendations of the Premier's Task Force on the Community Non-Profit Sector," Graham said. "To build a foundation for self-sufficiency, we must ensure that all New Brunswickers are able to take part. The community non-profit sector is a key partner in our efforts to build a better New Brunswick."

In addition, Chris Baker, deputy minister of policy and planning, assumes additional responsibilities as deputy minister for community non-profit organizations.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Biographical information on new cabinet members follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.

Wally Stiles, Minister of Human Resources

R. Wallis (Wally) Stiles was born Oct. 18, 1950, in Sussex, N.B., and is the son of Ralph and Elsbeth Stiles. He is a life-long resident of the Petitcodiac riding.

Receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1973, he worked with Goodyear Canada, Modern Enterprises Ltd., and for 24 years, he was the controller for Cement Cartage Co. Ltd. in Havelock.

He has been actively involved in numerous organizations in the community, as a trustee for Saint James United Church and as an officer and former commanding officer with 639 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in Petitcodiac. He was awarded the Canadian Decoration for service.

In 1995, Stiles was elected as Petitcodiac village councillor in charge of protective services. In 1998 he was re-elected and became deputy mayor in charge of finance. He was first elected as MLA for Petitcodiac on June 7, 1999 and was re-elected on June 9, 2003 and Sept. 18, 2006. He served as chair of the Select Committee on Private Passenger Automobile Insurance and the legislature's Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and as vice-chair of the Select Committee on Public Automobile Insurance and the Select Committee on Wood Supply. He also served as the government whip and caucus chair.

Stiles has three children, three stepchildren, three granddaughters and one grandson. He married L. Joan MacAlpine on Sept. 17, 2005.

Eugene McGinley, Minister of State for Housing and Seniors

Eugene McGinley was born in Chipman. In 1957, he graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Arts Degree in Economics in 1958. He was a Sir James Dunn Scholar. He earned his Bachelor of Civil Law degree from UNB in 1962 and studied international and civil law in Texas. From 1963 to 1991, he practiced law in Bathurst and he was honoured with the designation of Queen's Counsel in 1985.

Active in politics since the age of 17, McGinley was twice elected to the legislature to represent the city of Bathurst, first in a by-election on Dec. 11, 1972 and the general election of Nov. 18, 1974.

McGinley was re-elected to the Legislature to represent Grand Lake on June 9, 2003 and was elected as the first MLA for the new electoral district of Grand Lake-Gagetown on Sept. 18, 2006. He was elected speaker of the Legislative Assembly on Feb. 6, 2007.

He was president of the Lions Club, New Brunswick Lung Association, Victorian Order of Nurses, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He chaired the Bathurst Planning Appeal Board and was research economist with the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. He recently completed five years as chair of the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board.

McGinley is the proud father of three sons, two daughters, two stepdaughters and 12 grandchildren. He lives in Chipman with his wife, Anne Marie.