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N.B. Premier Blaine Higgs says he has no intention of leaving, will run again

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says he is not going anywhere, despite dissent earlier this year from within his Progressive Conservative party.

Higgs declared on social media this morning that he intends to stay on as leader to run in the next provincial election, scheduled for October 2024.

His post touts the province’s population growth and its economic recovery from what he describes as “crippling debt.”

It says many colleagues and supporters encouraged him to remain as premier and to run again.

Several members of his party tried unsuccessfully this summer to trigger a formal review of Higgs’s leadership.

Dissenting party members were upset by issues including the government’s changes to the policy on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and attempted cuts to French immersion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2023.

The Canadian Press