53rd New Brunswick Legislature

The 53rd New Brunswick Legislative Assembly was created following a general election in 1995 and was dissolved on May 8, 1999.

Rendition of party representation in the 53rd New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, at its first session after the 1995 election.
  Liberals (48)
  Progressive Conservatives (6)
  New Democrats (1)


The speaker from its first meeting until July 21, 1997, was Danny Gay, Gay resigned the speakership to join the cabinet. John McKay was elected to succeed Gay as speaker later in the session.

Premier Frank McKenna led the government from the beginning of the assembly until he resigned on October 12, 1997. He was succeeded as Premier by Ray Frenette who served as interim leader of McKenna's Liberals until Camille Thériault was elected as permanent leader. Thériault led the government as Premier from May 14, 1998

The opposition was led from the forming of the assembly until 1997 by Bernard Valcourt, then by Elvy Robichaud who served as parliamentary leader of the Progressive Conservatives until Bernard Lord, who succeeded Valcourt as PC leader in 1997, gained a seat in 1998.

Elizabeth Weir led the third party New Democrats for the life of the assembly.


All were elected in the 33rd general election held on September 11, 1995, except for James Doyle and Peter Mesheau, elected in by-elections on November 17, 1997, and Shawn Graham, Brad Green and Bernard Lord elected in by-elections on October 19, 1998. Albert Doucet was removed from the Liberal cabinet on February 5, 1997[1] and then was removed from caucus in March of that year, sitting as an independent until January 30, 1998[2] when he was accepted back into the Liberal fold.

Members at dissolutionEdit

  Eric Allaby Liberal Fundy Isles
  LeRoy Armstrong Liberal Kings East
  Jane Barry Liberal Saint John Lancaster
  Edmond Blanchard Liberal Campbellton
  Vaughn Blaney Liberal Oromocto-Gagetown
  Ann Breault Liberal Western Charlotte
  Greg Byrne Liberal Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak
  Georgie Day Liberal Hampton-Belleisle
  Carolle de Ste. Croix Liberal Dalhousie-Restigouche East
  Jean-Camille DeGrâce Liberal Lamèque-Shippagan-Miscou
  Gene Devereux Liberal Moncton North
  Albert Doucet Liberal Nigadoo-Chaleur
  Harry Doyle Liberal Albert
  James Doyle Liberal Miramichi-Bay du Vin
  Paul Duffie Liberal Grand Falls Region
  John Flynn Liberal York
  Danny Gay Liberal Miramichi Bay
  Dale Graham Progressive Conservative Carleton
  Shawn Graham Liberal Kent
  Brad Green Progressive Conservative Fredericton South
  Stuart Jamieson Liberal Saint John-Fundy
  Laureen Jarrett Liberal Saint John-Kings
  Kenneth Johnson Liberal Rogersville-Kouchibouguac
  Al Kavanaugh Liberal Riverview
  Larry Kennedy Liberal Victoria-Tobique
  Joan Kingston Liberal New Maryland
  Alban Landry Liberal Nepisiguit
  Denis Landry Liberal Centre-Péninsule
  Peter LeBlanc Liberal Kennebecasis
  Sheldon Lee Liberal Charlotte
  James E. Lockyer Liberal Moncton South
  Bernard Lord Progressive Conservative Moncton East
  Reg MacDonald Liberal Southwest Miramichi
  Roly MacIntyre Liberal Saint John Champlain
  John McKay Liberal Miramichi Centre
  Ken MacLeod Liberal Moncton Crescent
  Leo McAdam Liberal Saint John Portland
  Marcelle Mersereau Liberal Bathurst
  Peter Mesheau Progressive Conservative Tantramar
  Percy Mockler Progressive Conservative Madawaska-la-Vallée
  Greg O'Donnell Liberal Dieppe-Memramcook
  David Olmstead Liberal Mactaquac
  Bernard Richard Liberal Shediac-Cap-Pélé
  Elvy Robichaud Progressive Conservative Tracadie-Sheila
  Jean-Paul Savoie Liberal Restigouche West
  Milt Sherwood Progressive Conservative Grand Bay-Westfield
  Bruce Smith Liberal Woodstock
  Hollis Steeves Liberal Petitcodiac
  Camille Thériault Liberal Kent South
  Bernard Thériault Liberal Caraquet
  Doug Tyler Liberal Grand Lake
  Bernard Valcourt Progressive Conservative Edmundston
  Jeannot Volpé Progressive Conservative Madawaska-les-Lacs
  Elizabeth Weir New Democratic Saint John Harbour
  Jim Wilson Liberal Fredericton North

Bold denotes a member of the cabinet.
Italics denotes a party leader
† denotes the Speaker

Former membersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick - Journals. Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. February 5, 1997.
  2. ^ Porter-Staff, Tim. (January 30, 1998.) "Doucet back on Liberal side: Rebel MLA returns to flock". Daily Gleaner. Retrieved June 7, 2011, from Canadian Newsstand Atlantic. (Document ID: 1572761801).
Preceded by
52nd Assembly
New Brunswick Legislative Assemblies
Succeeded by
54th Assembly