Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

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Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick
60th New Brunswick Legislature
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Founded1785 (1785)
Preceded by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Bill Oliver, Progressive Conservative
since 7 October 2020
Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservative
since 9 November 2018
Roger Melanson, Liberal
since 28 September 2020
Political groups
  •    PC (27)


Last election
September 14, 2020
Next election
Meeting place
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Legislative Building, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (French : Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick) is the deliberative assembly of the New Brunswick Legislature, in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. The assembly's seat is located in Fredericton. It was established in Saint John de jure when the colony was created in 1784 but came into session only in 1786, following the first elections in late 1785. The legislative assembly was originally the lower house in a bicameral legislature. Its upper house counterpart, the Legislative Council of New Brunswick, was abolished in 1891. Its members are called "Members of the Legislative Assembly," commonly referred to as "MLAs".



Saint John was chosen as the original capital when New Brunswick was formed in 1784 as it was the centre of commerce and the only city at that time. [1] The New Brunswick Legislative Building is the current building that houses the Assembly. It opened in 1882, having been constructed by J.C. Dumaresq, following the destruction of the original building, known as Province Hall, by fire in 1880.

The legislative chamber is designed to have four rows on the government side and three rows on the opposition side. This is because elections have traditionally yielded a strong government majority; in fact on occasion, even with many of the seats on one side of the House, the government has spilled over to the opposition side. Quite often the House is oriented to have only two rows on the opposition benches, in the event of a large opposition adding a third row makes the opposition benches rather crowded.

Seating plan

Current Members

NamePartyRidingFirst electedNotes
  Mike Holland Progressive Conservative Albert 2018 g.e.
  Denis Landry Liberal Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore 1995 g.e.
  René Legacy Liberal Bathurst West-Beresford 2020 g.e.
  Guy Arseneault Liberal Campbellton-Dalhousie 2018 g.e.
  Isabelle Thériault Liberal Caraquet 2018 g.e.
  Bill Hogan Progressive Conservative Carleton 2020 g.e.
  Margaret Johnson Progressive Conservative Carleton-Victoria 2020 g.e.
  Richard Ames Progressive Conservative Carleton-York 2020 g.e.
  Roger Melanson Liberal Dieppe 2010 g.e.Opposition Leader
  Jean-Claude D'Amours Liberal Edmundston-Madawaska Centre 2018 g.e.
  Kris Austin People's Alliance Fredericton-Grand Lake 2018 g.e.Third Party Leader
  Jill Green Progressive Conservative Fredericton North 2020 g.e.
  David Coon Green Fredericton South 2014 g.e.Third Party Leader
  Dominic Cardy Progressive Conservative Fredericton West-Hanwell 2018 g.e.
  Ryan Cullins Progressive Conservative Fredericton-York 2020 g.e.
  Andrea Anderson-Mason Progressive Conservative Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West 2018 g.e.
  Ross Wetmore Progressive Conservative Gagetown-Petitcodiac 2010 g.e.
  Gary Crossman Progressive Conservative Hampton 2014 g.e.
  Kevin Arseneau Green Kent North 2018 g.e.
  Benoît Bourque Liberal Kent South 2014 g.e.
  Bill Oliver Progressive Conservative Kings Centre 2014 g.e.
  Francine Landry Liberal Madawaska Les Lacs-Edmundston 2014 g.e.
  Megan Mitton Green Memramcook-Tantramar 2018 g.e.
  Michelle Conroy People's Alliance Miramichi 2018 g.e.
  Lisa Harris Liberal Miramichi Bay-Neguac 2014 g.e.
  Rob McKee Liberal Moncton Centre 2018 g.e.
  Daniel Allain Progressive Conservative Moncton East 2020 g.e.
  Ernie Steeves Progressive Conservative Moncton Northwest 2014 g.e.
  Greg Turner Progressive Conservative Moncton South 2020 g.e.
  Sherry Wilson Progressive Conservative Moncton Southwest 2010 g.e.
  Jeff Carr Progressive Conservative New Maryland-Sunbury 2014 g.e.
  Mary Wilson Progressive Conservative Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton 2018 g.e.
  Trevor Holder Progressive Conservative Portland-Simonds 1999 g.e.
  Blaine Higgs Progressive Conservative Quispamsis 2010 g.e.Premier
  Daniel Guitard Liberal Restigouche-Chaleur 2014 g.e.
  Gilles LePage Liberal Restigouche West 2014 g.e.
  Bruce Fitch Progressive Conservative Riverview 2003 g.e.
  Ted Flemming Progressive Conservative Rothesay 2012 by-e.
  Kathy Bockus Progressive Conservative Saint Croix 2020 g.e.
  Glen Savoie Progressive Conservative Saint John East 2010 g.e.
  Arlene Dunn Progressive Conservative Saint John Harbour 2020 g.e.
  Dorothy Shephard Progressive Conservative Saint John Lancaster 2010 g.e.
  Robert Gauvin Liberal Shediac Bay-Dieppe 2018 g.e.
  Jacques LeBlanc Liberal Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé 2018 g.e.
  Eric Mallet Liberal Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou 2020 g.e.
  Jake Stewart Progressive Conservative Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin 2010 g.e.
  Tammy Scott-Wallace Progressive Conservative Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins 2020 g.e.
  Keith Chiasson Liberal Tracadie-Sheila 2018 g.e.
  Chuck Chiasson Liberal Victoria-La Vallée 2014 g.e.

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  5. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
  6. Former Lieutenant Governors
  7. Former Premiers
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  9. Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Ministers Plenipotentiary, and Chargé d'Affaires with precedence to their date of appointment
  10. Members of the Executive Council of New Brunswick with precedence in accordance with the Executive Council Act
  11. Leader of the Opposition
  12. Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench
  13. Members of the Senate
  14. Members of the House of Commons
  15. Judges of the Court of Appeal with precedence according to their date of appointment
  16. Judges of the Court of Queen's Bench with precedence according to their date of appointment
  17. Members of the Legislative Assembly in the following order: Deputy Speaker, Government House Leader, Opposition House Leader, Leaders of Unofficial Opposition Parties, other members with precedence according to their date and order of their swearing in as Members of the Legislature
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  19. Leaders of religious denominations with precedence according to their date of appointment or election to the present office
  20. Chief Judge of the Provincial Court
  21. Judges of the Provincial Court with precedence according to their date of appointment
  22. Members of the Consular Corps in the following order: Consuls General, Consuls, Vice- Consuls, Honorary Consuls and Consular Agents with precedence among themselves according to their date of appointment
  23. Mayors of the Cities of New Brunswick in the following order: Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Edmundston, Campbellton, Bathurst, Miramichi and Dieppe
  24. Mayors of the Towns of New Brunswick with precedence among themselves according to the alphabetical order of the place-names
  25. Mayors of the Villages of New Brunswick with precedence according to the alphabetical order of the place-names
  26. Councillors of the Cities, Towns, and Villages of New Brunswick in the same order of precedence among themselves according to the alphabetical order of their surnames
  27. Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
  28. Ombudsman
  29. Auditor General
  30. Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick
  31. Clerk of the Executive Council
  32. Deputy Heads of the Civil Service, with precedence according to their date of appointment
  33. Heads of Crown Corporations and Agencies, with precedence according to their date of appointment
  34. Assistant Commissioner of "J" Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  35. Commander of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
  36. Chancellors of New Brunswick Universities in the following order: University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, St. Thomas University and Université de Moncton
  37. Presidents of the Universities of New Brunswick in the same order of precedence as the Chancellors
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