- Bev Harrison
name = Bev Harrison
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May 10 1942
Saint John, New Brunswick
Hampton, New Brunswick
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
term_start1 = 1999
term_end1 = 2006
predecessor1 = John McKay
office2 = MLA for
term_start2 = 1978
term_end2 = 1987
office3 = MLA for
term_start3 = 1999
successor3 = incumbent
party = Progressive Conservative
Harrison was first elected to the legislature in 1978 to represent
Saint John-Fundyand was re-elected in 1982. In 1985, he, and two other Saint John-area MLAs, undertook a caucus revoltcalling for the resignation of Premier Richard Hatfield. Hatfield made some consessions to them and they were re-integrated to caucus.
Harrison was defeated in the 1987 election which saw the Opposition Liberals sweep every seat in the province. Harrison was again defeated in Saint John-Fundy in the 1991 election. He did not contest the 1995 election.
From 1987–1999, in private life, Harrison returned to teaching becoming principal of
Saint John High School.
In the 1999 election, he was re-elected to the legislature for the riding of
Hampton-Belleisle. He was acclaimed as Speaker on July 6 1999. Re-elected to the legislature in the 2003 election, he was also re-elected, again by acclamation, as Speaker on July 29 2003. He resigned from his post as speaker on February 14 2006when he was named to the cabinet as Government House Leader in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswickand Minister of Supply and Services.
He was re-elected in the 2006 general election, however his party lost and as a result Harrison sat on the opposition benches for the first time in his 15 years in the legislature.
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