Get to know the candidates for the upcoming provincial election

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On August 17, the government called a provincial election for September 14. Here is a quick round-up of the information on each party.

Progressive Conservatives 

The Progressive Conservative Party has been led by Blaine Higgs since 2016 and gained power in November of 2018 when his party won a confidence vote over the incumbent Liberals under Brian Gallant. He has been an MLA since 2010, first under Premier David Alward, where he was appointed Minister of Finance.

Blaine Higgs has led the PCP since 2016. (The Canadian Encyclopedia/Website)

Higgs had obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1993 from the University of New Brunswick and held numerous positions for Irving Oil Limited throughout his career, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Canaport LNG and the New Brunswick Gateway Council.

The Progressive Conservative Party website details that Higgs’ goals include “cleaning up the fiscal mess the Liberals have left behind” and to reverse the “signal that New Brunswick is not a good place for businesses to invest and create jobs”. As of September 9, the party does not have a platform document listed online.

Liberals 

The New Brunswick Liberal Association has been led by Kevin Vickers since 2019. Before provincial politics, Vickers had several different roles, including RCMP officer, Sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, and most recently, Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland.

The New Brunswick Liberal Association has been led by Kevin Vickers since 2019. (Getty Images)

The party is running on the theme of “working together”, outlining five main priorities in their platform, aiming to: “Grow the population and the economy, ensure fiscal responsibility and good governance, accelerate a sustainable economy and protect the environment, protect and enhance health care services in all regions”, and “secure our children’s future success through education”. They also mention the importance of uniting different communities within the province, such as the Anglophone, Francophone, Indigenous, and newcomer communities.

Their full platform document can be viewed here

Greens 

The Green Party of New Brunswick has been led by David Coon since 2012. Coon has been a sitting MLA in Fredericton-South since 2014, the second person to ever win a seat for a provincial Green party in Canada’s history. Before this, he had a career as a biologist.

In 2014, David Coon became the second person to ever win a seat for a provincial Green party in Canadian history. (Green Party Caucus/Website)

In their 2020 platform, the party is prioritizing keeping New Brunswickers safe during the pandemic and laying out the Green’s plan for the future of the province. Their main three platform points include “rebuilding good government and public services, building the green economy”, and “building a green society”. Their full platform can be viewed here

NDP 

The New Democratic Party of New Brunswick is currently led by interim leader Mackenzie Thompson. He took over the position in 2019 at twenty-one years old when former leader Jennifer McKenzie resigned, and ran in 2018 for the New Maryland-Sunbury riding.

Mackenzie Thompson took over as interim leader of the NDP of New Brunswick last year. (Gary Moore/CBC)

The NDP currently only has its 2018 platform priorities listed on their website, which includes family-focused childcare, $15 minimum wage, reducing barriers to post-secondary education, and universal pharmacare.

They can be viewed in detail here.

People’s Alliance 

The People’s Alliance was formed in 2010 and is led by Kris Austin, one of the party’s co-founders. In 2018, they gained three seats in the provincial legislature. They agreed on an 18-month alliance with the Progressive Conservative party to allow the party to stay in power.

Kris Austin is the leader of the People’s Alliance, as well as one of the co-founders. (The Star/Website)

The two main priorities listed on their platform site are democratic accountability and transparency, and re-setting financial priorities.