New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservatives won a majority government on Monday, — the first in Canada since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Come what may in the months and years ahead, we know we’ll have stability and experience leading us through these challenging times,” Premier Blaine Higgs told about 50 supporters who were wearing masks and standing two metres apart in a Quispamsis, N.B., bingo hall.
“I want to thank every New Brunswicker who showed the country how democratic elections can be held safely during this pandemic.”
Soon after Higgs delivered his victory speech, Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers announced he would be stepping down.
“Obviously with the results of this evening, it’s time for another leader to step up and take this party forward,” he said. “I’m hoping the next leader will take the torch and bring it up higher.”
Statement by the Prime Minister on the results of the provincial election in New Brunswick
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the results of the provincial election in New Brunswick:
“New Brunswickers have chosen to elect a majority government led by the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Blaine Higgs on his re-election as Premier.
“I look forward to working closely with the provincial government as we recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we will continue to safely restart the economy and lay the groundwork to keep New Brunswick communities strong and healthy. Through investments under the Safe Restart Agreement, continued partnership in the Atlantic Growth Strategy, and ongoing work on clean energy and electrification, we will build a more resilient economy in the province, and a Canada that is healthier and safer, cleaner and more competitive, and fairer and more inclusive.”