New Brunswick: the vice-prime minister resigns

SHIPPAGAN, New Brunswick – The vice-prime minister of New Brunswick, Robert Gauvin, announced his resignation on Friday, which weakens the minority government of the conservative prime minister, Blaine Higgs.

Mr. Gauvin, who was the only elected francophone within the government Higgs, becomes an independent member.

Such resignation shall take place, the minority government of Blaine Higgs in an awkward position, as he now has as many elected representatives as the liberal opposition, is 20 mps. To the formation of his government, after the elections of 2018, Mr. Higgs had 22 elected, one more than the liberals.

In addition to the 20 elected conservatives and 20 elected liberals, the 59th legislature of New Brunswick now consists of three elected representatives for the greens and the Alliance of the people. Two seats are vacant, and it must now be from an independent, is Robert Gauvin.

The latter was openly opposed to the health reform announced recently by its own government, which is reflected in particular by the closure of six hospitals in the province during the night.

“This reform, this is an attack on rural New Brunswick”, he explained Friday during his press conference announcing his resignation.

“You have to wake up. You’ve got to stop navel-gazing,” said Mr. Gauvin, who is member of parliament for the riding of Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou.

In addition to being vice-prime minister, Robert Gauvin was minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and minister responsible for la Francophonie.

According to his biography on the website of the legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Robert Gauvin, born in Caraquet, in 1968, has worked in the theatre world for more than 25 years, including the Country of la Sagouine, the Théâtre populaire d’acadie and the théâtre l’escaouette. He is the author, director, comedian, and actor. He has won several awards of national and provincial, including the cost of Mask for the best production outside Quebec in 2003 for the play “Universe”.

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