Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick

Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
Leader David Alward
President Jason Stephen
Founded 1867 (1867)
Headquarters Fredericton, NB
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Centre-right
Official colours Blue, Orange, Yellow
Seats in Legislature
42 / 55
Politics of New Brunswick
Political parties

The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick is a centre-right political party in New Brunswick, Canada. It has its origins in the pre-Canadian confederation Conservative Party that opposed the granting of responsible government to the colony. Conservative supporters tended to be United Empire Loyalists and supporters of the business community.

In the 1860s, both the Conservative and Liberal parties split over the issue of Canadian confederation, and were replaced by the Confederation Party and the Anti-Confederation Party.

By 1870, the pro-Confederation party became generally known as the Liberal-Conservatives or just "Conservatives", and were aligned with the national Conservative Party of Sir John A. Macdonald.

The Tories have alternated power with the New Brunswick Liberal Party since Confederation. The party tends to hold a moderate Red Tory and Christian Democratic position, being socially and fiscally centrist. For most of New Brunswick's history, the party had greater support among English speakers, while the Liberals were more popular among Acadians. However, initiatives by the governments of Richard Hatfield and Bernard Lord to include Acadians in the mainstream of New Brunswick life helped the party make inroads in Acadia. In fact, even though he was born in Quebec, former Premier Bernard Lord is widely perceived to be an Acadian, due to his francophone heritage and the fact that he was raised in Moncton where he attended French language schools and university.

The party was aligned with the historic federal Conservative party. When the federal party changed its name to the Progressive Conservatives in 1942, the New Brunswick party did the same. The federal Progressive Conservative Party dissolved in 2003, and a new Conservative Party of Canada was created. The provincial party has no formal link with the current federal Conservative Party, but several of its members and elected MLAs, including former Premier Lord, publicly endorsed the federal party and in some cases its candidates in both the 2004 and 2006 federal elections.

Following the change of government in 2006 provincial election, Bernard Lord resigned as leader on December 13, 2006 and as the member of Moncton East. On December 19, Jeannot Volpé, MLA for Madawaska-les-Lacs, was selected as interim leader. On October 18, 2008 David Alward, MLA for Woodstock, was elected leader of the party at the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick Leadership Convention in Fredericton. Alward beat his only opponent, Robert MacLeod, by a margin of 2,269 votes to 1,760.

The Progressive Conservatives won a sweeping majority, with 42 of 55 seats in the 2010 provincial election. In doing so, party leader David Alward became the province's 32nd premier.

Current members of the legislature

Riding # Name Riding Name First elected Government/Legislative role(s)
01 Greg Davis Campbellton-Restigouche Centre 2010 g.e. To be determined
05 Ryan Riordon Nepisiguit 2010 g.e. To be determined

07 Paul Robichaud Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou 1999 g.e. Deputy Premier of New Brunswick, Minister of Economic Development, Government House Leader
09 Claude Landry Tracadie-Sheila 2006 g.e. To be determined
10 Serge Robichaud Miramichi Bay-Neguac 2010 g.e. To be determined
12 Robert Trevors Miramichi Centre 2010 g.e. Minister of Public Safety
13 Jake Stewart Southwest Miramichi 2010 g.e. To be determined
16 Claude Williams Kent South 2001 by-e. Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure
18 Mike Olscamp Tantramar 2006 g.e. Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries
22 Susan Stultz Moncton West 2010 g.e. Minister of Social Development, Minister responsible for Seniors, Housing & Community Non-profit Organizations
23 Marie-Claude Blais Moncton North 2010 g.e. Minister of Justice & Consumer Affairs, Attorney General of New Brunswick
24 John Betts Moncton Crescent 1999 g.e. To be determined
25 Sherry Wilson Petitcodiac 2010 g.e.
26 Ralph Bruce Fitch Riverview 2003 g.e. Minister of Local Government, Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick
27 Wayne Steeves Albert 1999 g.e. To be determined
28 Bruce Northrup Kings East 2006 g.e. Minister of Natural Resources
29 Bev Harrison Hampton-Kings 1978 g.e. To be determined
30 Blaine Higgs Quispamsis 2010 g.e. Minister of Finance, Minister of Human Resources, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Lotteries & Liquor Commission
31 Glen Savoie Saint John-Fundy 2010 g.e. To be determined
32 Margaret-Ann Blaney Rothesay 1999 g.e. Minister of the Environment, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Minister responsible for Communications New Brunswick
33 Glen Tait Saint John East 2010 g.e. To be determined
34 Carl Killen Saint John Harbour 2010 g.e.
35 Trevor Holder Saint John Portland 1999 g.e. Minister of Tourism & Parks, Minister of Wellness, Culture & Sport]]
36 Dorothy Shephard Saint John Lancaster 2010 g.e. To be determined
37 Jim Parrott Fundy-River Valley 2010 g.e. To be determined
39 Curtis Malloch Charlotte-Campobello 2010 g.e. To be determined
40 Jody Carr Oromocto 1999 g.e. Minister of Educations & Early Childhood Development, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission
41 Ross Wetmore Grand Lake-Gagetown 2010 g.e. To be determined
42 Troy Lifford Fredericton-Nashwaaksis 2010 g.e. To be determined
43 Pam Lynch Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak 2010 g.e. To be determined
44 Craig Leonard Fredericton-Lincoln 2010 g.e. Minister of Energy
45 Brian Macdonald Fredericton-Silverwood 2010 g.e. To be determined
46 Jack Carr New Maryland-Sunbury West 2008 by-e. To be determined
47 Carl Urquhart York 2006 g.e. To be determined
48 Kirk MacDonald York North 1999 g.e. To be determined
49 David Alward Woodstock 1999 g.e. Premier of New Brunswick, President of the Executive Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs
50 Dale Graham Carleton 1993 by-e. Speaker of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
51 Wes McLean Victoria-Tobique 2010 g.e. To be determined
52 Danny Soucy Grand Falls-Drummond-Saint-André 2010 g.e. To be determined
53 Martine (Valcourt) Coulombe Restigouche-La-Vallée 2010 g.e. Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training & Labour
54 Madeleine (Mado) Dubé Edmundston-Saint-Basile 1999 g.e. Minister of Health
55 Yvon Bonenfant Madawaska-les-Lacs 2010 g.e. To be determined

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