|Assumed office |
October 3, 2006
|Lieutenant Governor||Herménégilde Chiasson|
|Preceded by||Bernard Lord|
|Born||February 22, 1968 |
Rexton, New Brunswick
Shawn Graham MLA (born February 22, 1968 in Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada) is a New Brunswick politician and is the current Premier of New Brunswick. The prefix The Honourable or The Honorable (abbreviated to " The Hon The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is located in Fredericton. The Premier of New Brunswick (fr Premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick) is the First minister for the Canadian province of New Brunswick Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Herménégilde Chiasson Bernard Lord, ONB (born September 27, 1965 in Roberval Quebec) is a Canadian politician Events 1495 - King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city's throne Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Rexton (2006 pop 862 is a Canadian village in Kent County, New Brunswick. The New Brunswick Liberal Association, more popularly known as the New Brunswick Liberal Party or Liberal Party of New Brunswick, is one of the two major political The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is located in Fredericton. Events 1495 - King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city's throne Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Rexton (2006 pop 862 is a Canadian village in Kent County, New Brunswick. New Brunswick ( French: Nouveau-Brunswick /nuvobʁɔnzwik/ is one of Canada 's three Maritime provinces and is the only constitutionally Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page A politician (from Greek " Polis " is an individual who is involved in influencing public decision making through the influence of Politics or a person The Premier of New Brunswick (fr Premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick) is the First minister for the Canadian province of New Brunswick
Raised in a politician family, Graham's father Alan was the longest ever serving member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick; Shawn Graham was born the year after his father's first election. Alan Robert Graham (born June 20, 1942 in Main River, New Brunswick) is a retired Politician in the province of New The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is located in Fredericton. Graham was educated as a school teacher, but only taught as a substitute teacher before going to work for the province's civil service. In Education, a teacher is one who helps Students or pupils often in a School, as well as in a Family, religious or A substitute teacher is a person who teaches a School class when the regular teacher is unavailable e See also Bureaucrat The term civil service has two distinct meanings Branch of governmental service in which individuals are hired on the basis When his father resigned from the legislature in 1998, Shawn Graham was elected to replace him in a by-election. A by-election or bye-election (called special election in the United States) is an Election held to fill a political office that has become vacant He rose quickly through Liberal ranks becoming leader of the party less than four years later at the age of 34. In the 2003 election, he improved his party's standing from seven to 26 seats - just two seats short of the victorious Progressive Conservatives. Starting out as a predicted landslide for Bernard Lord 's Progressive Conservatives, the New Brunswick general election of June 9 2003 quickly turned around The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick is a right-of-centre political party in New Brunswick, Canada. After four years as opposition leader, Graham became premier upon winning the 2006 election by a narrow margin. Parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government particularly in a Westminster -based Parliamentary system The 2006 general election (more formally the 56th general election) was held on September 18, 2006, in the province of New Brunswick
Graham graduated from the University of New Brunswick, as an alumnus of both Harrison House and Neill House, after which he completed an education degree at St Thomas University in Fredericton. The University of New Brunswick ( UNB) is a Canadian university located in the province of New Brunswick. Harrison House is a university residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Schools with the name St Thomas University: St Thomas University (New Brunswick St The son of Alan R. Graham who was the longest serving member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1967 to 1998, he was elected to replace his retiring father in a by-election in 1998. The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is located in Fredericton. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) A by-election or bye-election (called special election in the United States) is an Election held to fill a political office that has become vacant Following the general election of 1999, Graham's Liberal Party was reduced to 10 seats from 44. The June 7 1999 election in the Canadian province of New Brunswick marked the debut of both Camille Thériault and Bernard Lord as leaders The New Brunswick Liberal Association, more popularly known as the New Brunswick Liberal Party or Liberal Party of New Brunswick, is one of the two major political This gave the young politician the chance to rise to prominence.
He was named the caucus chair of the party and became one of the most vocal and popular critics of the government of Bernard Lord. A caucus chair is a person who chairs the meetings of a Caucus. Bernard Lord, ONB (born September 27, 1965 in Roberval Quebec) is a Canadian politician
Liberal leader Camille Theriault resigned in March of 2001, and a leadership convention was set from May of 2002. Camille Henri Thériault (born February 25, 1955) is a former premier of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. In Canadian politics, a leadership convention is held by a political party when the party needs to choose a leader due to a vacancy or a challenge to the incumbent See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Few candidates emerged for this campaign and it appeared that former cabinet minister Paul Duffie would win virtually unopposed. A minister or a secretary is a Politician who holds significant public office in a national or regional Government. Paul Duffie (born June 14, 1951) is a former Politician, Lawyer and judge in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Graham was urged to run, and eventually entered the race with the support of Greg Byrne, a previous leadership contender, and many of the supporters of Bernard Richard, also a former leadership contender and the interim leader following the resignation of Theriault. Greg Byrne, BA, LLB, QC (born April 14 1960 in Harvey New Brunswick) is a Lawyer and MLA in Bernard Richard (born April 11, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian Social worker, Lawyer, and Politician An interim leader, in Canadian politics is a party leader appointed by the party's legislative caucus or the party's executive to temporarily act as leader to fill a gap between
Surprising many pundits, Graham was successful in taking a solid lead during delegate selection meetings in February and March of 2002, and, as a result, Duffie dropped out of the race. This left only fringe candidate Jack MacDougall in the race who Graham defeated by a 3 to 1 margin at the May convention. Jack MacDougall is a Politician in New Brunswick, Canada. He worked for the Liberal Party of New Brunswick from 1984 to 1999 
As leader, Graham was considered a lightweight by pundits and by the governing Progressive Conservative Party, and few gave him a chance in the coming election. The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick is a right-of-centre political party in New Brunswick, Canada. Although Graham's Liberal Party of New Brunswick and the PCs were near each other in the polls, Graham was a relative unknown and trailed Premier Bernard Lord by significant margins when people were asked "who would you rather as premier?". The New Brunswick Liberal Association, more popularly known as the New Brunswick Liberal Party or Liberal Party of New Brunswick, is one of the two major political In Canada, a premier is the Head of government of a province or territory. Bernard Lord, ONB (born September 27, 1965 in Roberval Quebec) is a Canadian politician
Graham surprised pundits again during the 2003 election, running an energetic campaign and winning 26 of 55 seats, just two short of the Conservatives, and coming within 1% of the Conservatives in the popular vote. Starting out as a predicted landslide for Bernard Lord 's Progressive Conservatives, the New Brunswick general election of June 9 2003 quickly turned around Pundits said Graham and Lord had fought the English language debate to a draw, while they viewed Graham as the winner of the French debate; this was despite the fact that Lord was a francophone and that Graham's less than stellar command of French was viewed as one of his largest liabilities. Moreover, it was universally agreed by the punditry that the Liberals had controlled the agenda of the campaign, always keeping their three key issues: public automobile insurance, public health care and public power in the forefront of the agenda.
Graham often cited the fact that had 10 votes swung from the Conservatives to the Liberals in the riding of Kennebecasis there would have been a 27-27 tie which may have led to a Liberal minority government supported by the New Democrats whose one member would have held the balance of power. Quispamsis is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Canada. A minority government or a minority cabinet is a Cabinet of a Parliamentary system formed when the governing Political party or The New Brunswick New Democratic Party ( Nouveau Parti démocratique du Nouveau-Brunswick) is a social democratic political party in New Brunswick, Graham was quoted on election night saying "until five minutes ago, I thought I was going to be premier".
Despite his victories, the governing Tories and the media continued to view Graham as weak. In the political tradition of some English-speaking countries, the term Tory has referred to a variety of political parties and Creeds since it was Rumours suggested that Graham was being pressured to step aside in favour of either Mike Murphy, Kelly Lamrock or Andy Savoy. Mike Murphy, BBA, LLB, LLM (born January 25, 1958) is a New Brunswick Lawyer and Politician. Kelly Lamrock, is a Canadian Lawyer and Politician in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. Andy Savoy, BSc, MBA (born July 12, 1963) is a Canadian Politician and Engineer.
Following a by-election victory by the Liberals on October 4, 2004, Graham took a more aggressive stance to dispel this belief. A by-election or bye-election (called special election in the United States) is an Election held to fill a political office that has become vacant Events 610 - Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " He named a new chief of staff and replaced a third of his staff on October 28, 2004 while pledging to defeat the government and force an election in the next session of the legislature. Events 306 - Maxentius is proclaimed Roman Emperor. 312 - Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Graham's upward momentum continued when, in an opinion poll released on December 9, 2004, the Liberals expanded their lead over the Conservatives to 46% to 36%, but also, for the first time since Graham became leader, he was the preferred choice of New Brunswickers for premier beating the incumbent Bernard Lord 34% to 27%. An opinion poll is a survey of Public opinion from a particular sample. Events 536 - Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Premier of New Brunswick (fr Premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick) is the First minister for the Canadian province of New Brunswick A further poll some months later showed that Graham continued to hold a lead over Lord but by a smaller margin.
In the spring session of the legislature, Graham attempted to pass a snap motion of no confidence on during his speech on the budget. A motion of no confidence (also vote of no confidence, censure motion, no-confidence motion, or confidence motion) is a Parliamentary motion There was brief excitement on Liberal benches as less than half of the government caucus was present for Graham's speech, however the speaker ruled that the vote would be held along with the main budget motion at the end of the following week. Graham was criticised because when the vote was held two of his members were absent. Graham defended their absence arguing that, because New Democratic Party leader Elizabeth Weir was also absent, it was impossible to defeat the government, and he did not see the need to whip his members. The New Brunswick New Democratic Party ( Nouveau Parti démocratique du Nouveau-Brunswick) is a social democratic political party in New Brunswick, For the fictional character starring in Stargate Atlantis, see Elizabeth Weir (Stargate. Whip is a role in party-based politics whose primary purpose is to ensure control of the formal decision-making process in a parliamentary legislature
Graham's victory in a subsequent by election on November 14, 2005 as well as his continued lead in opinion polls led most to end their criticism of his leadership for a time. Events 1533 - Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In 2006, however, following the brief minority government when Michael Malley left the government caucus for 6 weeks, Graham took a very aggressive stance towards forcing an election. A minority government or a minority cabinet is a Cabinet of a Parliamentary system formed when the governing Political party or Michael "Tanker" Malley (born July 8, 1962 in Chatham New Brunswick) is a former Politician in the Canadian Province A prolonged dispute over the functioning of legislature was undertaken, crippling most of the business of the House. The media and, seemingly the public, largely blamed Graham and the Liberals for this and, for the first time in over 2 years, in June 2006 the PCs regained the lead in opinion polls and Lord took a double-digit lead in preference for Premier. These disappointing poll results for Liberals renewed questions in Graham's leadership.
Throughout the term that began following the 2003 election, Graham has worked hard to portray himself and his caucus as a "government-in-waiting". From the Lord government's introduction of controversial health reforms in the spring of 2004, Graham said he would force an election at his earliest opportunity.
His strategy was to focus heavily on policy, and his party has introduced a record number of pieces of legislation for an opposition party. The Prime Minister of Canada ( French: Premier ministre du Canada) is the primary Minister of the Crown, chairman of the Cabinet, and thus Paul Edgar Philippe Martin. PC, MP (also known as Paul Martin Jr This is particularly remarkable because New Brunswick members of the legislature received no professional drafting staff to assist them in writing private members' bills at the time. A Private Member's Bill is a proposed Law introduced by a backbench member of Parliament, whether from the government or the opposition side to that
In addition to his legislative agenda, Graham and the Liberals lauched a series of regional policy meetings culminating in a policy convention in the fall of 2005. Graham also convened a meeting of all of the Liberal leaders of Atlantic Canada to discuss common policy objectives, engaged in several tours of the province on particular policy issues and took several trips to Ottawa to meet with federal ministers on various issues. Atlantic Canada, also known as the Atlantic provinces, is the region of Canada comprising four provinces located on the Atlantic coast: Ottawa (ˈɒtəwə or sometimes /ˈɒtəwɑː/ is the Capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest municipality.
In early 2006, Graham set out on a tour of the northeast United States, Washington, D.C. and the Maritimes to promote New Brunswick as an "energy hub" and his idea of building a second reactor at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station. The Northeast is a region of the United States. As defined by the U Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The Maritime provinces, called the Maritimes in local English (or the Canadian Maritimes by non-Canadians is a region of Eastern Canada Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian Nuclear power station located 2 km northeast of Point Lepreau, New Brunswick.
On February 17, 2006, Bernard Lord's government was reduced to a minority when Michael Malley crossed the floor to sit as an independent. Events 1500 - Battle of Hemmingstedt. 1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. A minority government or a minority cabinet is a Cabinet of a Parliamentary system formed when the governing Political party or Michael "Tanker" Malley (born July 8, 1962 in Chatham New Brunswick) is a former Politician in the Canadian Province In Politics, crossing the floor is to vote against party lines especially where this is considered unusual or controversial In Politics, an independent is a Politician who is not Affiliated with any Political party. Graham said, if Malley would support the Liberals, he would have brought down the government on an April 7, 2006 budget vote forcing an early election. Events 529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in Jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The 2006 general election (more formally the 56th general election) was held on September 18, 2006, in the province of New Brunswick Malley was subsequently elected speaker however, creating an equality of government and opposition members; the April 7 vote came to a tie which was broken in favour of the government by Malley in accordance with tradition.
Following this, Malley rejoined the Conservative caucus from the speaker's chair. This created some controversy and Graham's Liberals held up some business in the House as a procedural stalement ensued for some weeks. Finally the Conservative and Liberal House Leaders signed an agreement on May 31, 2006 which laid out a detailed plan for the conduct of the business of the House and which seemingly guaranteed that the next election would be held on Lord's preferred date of October 15, 2007. Events 1279 BC - Rameses II (The Great (19th dynasty becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 533 - Byzantine General Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. This protracted procedural battle did not seem to go well for the Liberals when, in an opinion poll released on June 12, 2006 but conducted largely during the height of the procedural infighting, the Tories took the lead over the Liberals for the first time in any poll since August 2003 with a margin of 45% to 39% for Lord's Conservatives. Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
Graham named caucus member Rick Brewer to head up a task for on Petroleum Price Regulation, a policy which was brought forward by the Lord government on July 1, 2006 against strong opposition from the Liberals who argued Lord's regulation program would provide neither stability of price nor lower prices. Rick Brewer (born in Stanley New Brunswick) is a New Brunswick Businessman and Politician, and a former assistant Pastor. "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
Bernard Lord announced on August 10, 2006 that an election would be held on September 18, 2006 due to the pending resignation of Peter Mesheau from the legislature that would have created another minority government. Events 612 BC - Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The 2006 general election (more formally the 56th general election) was held on September 18, 2006, in the province of New Brunswick Events 96 - Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Peter Mesheau (born in Sackville New Brunswick) is a Politician in New Brunswick, Canada.
Graham was somewhat caught off guard by the announcement and received notice while golfing.  Notwithstanding this, Graham had already started a campaign in earnest, having announced his energy platform on August 8 and having nominated several candidates already. With the election call, the party gave him the authority to appoint the 25 MLAs seeking re-election as candidates bringing the total number of nominated Liberal candidates to 30 of 55.  Graham said he would pursue education, economic development and energy as three key issues during the campaign. 
Graham stated that if he did not win the election, he would resign as Liberal leader. 
Graham won the 2006 election by taking 29 out of the 55 seats in the legislature despite narrowly trailing Lord in the popular vote.
On September 20, 2006, Graham appointed a transition team to begin to transfer power headed by Doug Tyler. Events 451 - The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Doug Tyler is a political figure in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. Graham, as New Brunswick's 31st Premier, and the rest of the cabinet were sworn-in by Lieutenant-Governor Herménégilde Chiasson on October 3, 2006. The Executive Council of New Brunswick (informally and more commonly the Cabinet of New Brunswick) is the Cabinet of that Canadian The Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick ( French (masculine Lieutenant-gouverneur du Nouveau-Brunswick, or (feminine Lieutenant-gouverneure du Nouveau-Brunswick Herménégilde Chiasson Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
On his first day in office, Graham, as promised, acted on five campaign promises. His government cut the excise tax on gasoline by 3. Excise or Excise tax (sometimes called an excise duty) is a type of Tax charged on goods produced within the country (as opposed to Customs duties 8 cents per litre, moved nursing home payments from an assets-based test to an income-based test, provided students with a reduced tuition of $2000 for their first year in university, provided the City of Saint John with a memorandum of understanding to provide a third of required monies for the clean up of Saint John harbour and established separate ministers for Agriculture & Aquaculture, Fisheries, Housing and Seniors. SNF redirects here For the sports show see NBC Sunday Night Football. Saint John is the largest city in the Province of New Brunswick, and the oldest incorporated city in Canada. A memorandum of understanding ( MOU or MoU) is a Document describing a Bilateral or multilateral Agreement between parties The Saint John New Brunswick harbour cleanup is an Infrastructure project that will bring an end to the practice of discharging Raw sewage into the waterways  Additionally, on its first day in office, it pledged $2 million to assist in maintaining ferry service from Saint John to Digby, Nova Scotia. Bay Ferries Limited, referred to simply as Bay Ferries, is a ferry company operating in eastern Canada and the United States and is headquartered in Charlottetown Public library Isaiah W Wilson Memorial Library Digby 
In addition to being Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (a post often held by premiers in Canada), Graham took on the role of Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport. Graham, who has a background in athletics competing in the 1985 Canada Games for New Brunswick in track and field, wanted to take the portfolio to ensure it was a priority in large part to fight childhood obesity in the province, which is the highest in the country. The Canada Games is a high-level Multi-sport event with a National Artists Program held every two years in Canada, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and Childhood Obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or wellbeing 
On October 12, 2006, Graham announced several senior appointments. Events 539 BC - The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. He appointed a president of NB Liquor and deputy ministers for the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs to replace Conservative political appointees who had resigned when Graham took office. For the Thoroughbred racehorse see Deputy Minister (horse. In Canada, a Deputy Minister is the senior Civil servant in a government The Department of Energy is a part of the Government of New Brunswick. The Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs is a part of the Government of New Brunswick. He also appointed former cabinet minister Bernard Thériault as his chief of staff and his former Opposition chief of staff Chris Baker to be secretary of the Policy and Priorities Committee of Cabinet. Bernard Thériault (born November 12 1955) is a political figure in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. In Politics, a chief of staff is the primary aide to a political leader or position The Priorities and Planning Committee is a key organ of the Cabinet of Canada. 
New Brunswickers were apparently impressed with Graham's first months in office. An opinion poll conducted from November 10 to December 7 showed that Graham's Liberals had surged to an "unprecedented" 65% while the Progressive Conservatives had slipped to 27%. An opinion poll is a survey of Public opinion from a particular sample. The New Democratic Party was at 6% while the Green Party, not yet formed in New Brunswick, stood at 2%. The New Brunswick New Democratic Party ( Nouveau Parti démocratique du Nouveau-Brunswick) is a social democratic political party in New Brunswick, Personal popularity was also on the rise for Graham who stood as the choice of 48% of New Brunswickers to be premier, while former premier Bernard Lord was the choice of only 23%. 
After their first few months in office, the Liberals were criticized for cancelling a tax rebate on energy costs that they had previously said they would maintain.  On March 13, 2007, Finance Minister Victor Boudreau introduced the Graham government's first budget, it contained numerous tax increases, including the first increase to personal income taxes in the province since 1994. Events 1138 - Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected Antipope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Department of Finance is a part of the Government of New Brunswick. Victor E Boudreau, BSS, is a New Brunswick Politician. He is the current member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick for the The opposition criticized the change in tax lowering policy under which the previous Conservative government had lowered income taxes every year for their seven years in office. Boudreau defended the increases saying "we all enjoy lower taxes, but when the level of taxation is insufficient to ensure the continued provision of essential public services, it needs to be addressed. " Despite the controversy over their first budget the Liberals continued to ride high in the polls. They added a seat when Chris Collins won a byelection in Moncton East, the seat vacated when Bernard Lord stepped down from provincial politics. A short time later, Tory MLAs Wally Stiles and his wife Joan MacAlpine Stiles crossed the floor to give the Liberals 32 seats to 23 for the opposition. Graham continued to push forward with his "Self Sufficiency" agenda to make New Brunswick one of Canada's have provinces. Some the government initiatives brought forward have and continue to be controversial. A report on post secondary education that called for polytechnical schools in the province sparekd anger in university towns. This spring there was more controversy when the government abandoned eight partially elected health authorities in favour of two health authorities with no elected members. Another groundbreaking decision came at the onset of the spring legislature when the government announced it was abandoning the option of an early french immersion program in Anglophone schools in favour of a universal system that would see all anglophone students take intensive french at the grade 5 level. Some protestors viewed it as a watering down of bilingual education in Canada's only bilingual province while education minister Kelly Lamrock argued that the changes would eliminate streaming in the early grades and give all students equal access to a bilinugal education while boosting the province's flagging test scores in student testing that consistently saw the province score at or near the bottom in math, science and literacy in comparison with the rest of the country.
|Provincial Government of Shawn Graham|
|Cabinet Posts (4)|
|Bernard Lord||President of the Executive Council|
|Bernard Lord||Premier of New Brunswick|
|Bernard Lord||Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs|
|Percy Mockler||Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport|
|Special Cabinet Responsibilities|
|Bernard Lord||Minister responsible for the|
Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons
|Opposition Leader in the New Brunswick Legislature|
|Leader of the New Brunswick Liberals|
Title last held byAlan R. Graham (Liberal)
|MLA for Kent|
|Chair of the Liberal caucus|