FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is delivering his state of the province speech as his government prepares for an election this year.
The Progressive Conservative premier told a crowd that governing was not easy work, and that the party didn’t always agree on “complex issues” but could come together when needed.
He also says a population boom has brought with it problems in housing, health care and schools, and that it’s been difficult managing that growth.
But he says he has a vision for the future that includes closing the gap on basic reading and math scores and creating programs to address addiction and homelessness.
Higgs has faced a tumultuous past year that saw him take the province to the precipice of an election as two of his ministers — labour minister Trevor Holder and Dorothy Shephard in social development — resigned from cabinet in June, citing the changes made to New Brunswick’s policy on gender identity in schools.
Six Tory members of the legislature voted with the Opposition, calling for a review of the changes made to Policy 713 by the province’s child and youth advocate.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2024.
The Canadian Press