Jan. 17, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Supply and Services Minister Roly MacIntyre , Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, has stepped down from his duties as minister effective immediately. He will continue to serve as the member for Saint John East.
"When we took office in October 2006, I was adamant that our cabinet would not be complete without Roly serving beside me as a senior minister," Premier Shawn Graham said. "It is with great reluctance that I accept his resignation as minister, but I am thrilled that he will continue to serve the people of Saint John East as their representative and as an honoured member of our caucus."
Graham announced today that MacIntyre had requested to be relieved of his duties as minister to focus more on his constituency work. Finance Minister Victor Boudreau has assumed duties as acting minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and Energy Minister Jack Keir is acting minister of Supply and Services.
"I promised the premier I would serve in cabinet for the first year of our mandate, and I fulfilled that promise," MacIntyre said. "I've been privileged and extremely proud to serve under Shawn Graham as a member of his cabinet, and I look forward to continuing to serve with him in caucus as the member for Saint John East."
A career public servant with the federal government, MacIntyre was first elected to the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly as member for Saint John - Champlain in September 1995, and served as minister of Advanced Education and Labour under premiers Frank McKenna and Raymond Frenette, and minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture under Premier Camille Thériault. Re-elected to the Legislature in June 2003, MacIntyre served as energy critic and was sworn in as minister of Supply and Services and minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation in October 2006.
"Throughout my career in public service, Roly MacIntyre has been one of my closest advisors and friends. I asked him to take on the task of guiding Supply and Services through the first year of our mandate, and prepare the department to take a key role in developing our public-private partnership strategy and in our pursuit of self-sufficiency," Graham said. "As minister, Roly has done all that I could have asked to position government to be self-sufficient in the years to come.
"On behalf of all his colleagues around the cabinet table, I want to thank Roly for his dedication, and I know he will continue to work hard for his constituents as an MLA and all New Brunswickers as a member of caucus."
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.