On September 19, 2013, Premier David Alward announced a significant reorganization of his cabinet. Paul Robichaud became Minister of Natural Resources, while Bruce Northrup became Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Bruce Fitch took on a new role as Minister of Economic Development and Minister responsible for Invest New Brunswick. Danny Soucy became Minister of Environment and Local Government while Jody Carr became Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Trailing and Labour.
Marie-Claude Blais became Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Troy Lifford became Minister of Justice. Hugh Flemming became Attorney General in addition to his continuing responsibility as Minister of Health. Robert Trevors was appointed Minister of Human Resources.
Quebec-New Brunswick Parliamentary Association
The New Brunswick Legislative Assembly hosted the fourth meeting of the Quebec-New Brunswick Parliamentary Association from September 27 to 29, 2013. This Association was established in 2004 in order to strengthen the close ties that exist between the Quebec and New Brunswick Legislatures and to provide a regular forum for meetings between the two Assemblies.
The New Brunswick delegation consisted of Speaker Dale Graham, Deputy Speaker Carl Urquhart and Members Martine Coulombe, Denis Landry, Hedard Albert, John Betts and Carl Killen. The Quebec delegation consisted of Speaker Jacques Chagnon and six additional delegates, including four Members of the National Assembly. Throughout the three-day conference, delegates examined various topics of mutual interest to both jurisdictions, such as the energy challenges both provinces will face over the next 20 years.
Upgrade to the Legislative Grounds
The grounds of the Legislative Assembly were extensively upgraded throughout late summer and early fall. Existing pathways were replaced and landscaping was significantly improved, resulting in an inviting and cohesive outdoor space. These improvements stemmed from recommendations from the Building Master Plan commissioned in 2005.
These exterior upgrades follow extensive restoration work to the 125 year old main legislative building, including: new copper roofing; restoration of the building's masonry facade; refurbishment of the legislative dome and existing exterior sculptures; repair of various areas of the interior of the building, including the Chamber; dismantling and reconstruction of the granite steps at the main entrance; and...