Federal Retirees reflect on the town hall held with candidates in Fredericton, August 2018
On September 24, voters in New Brunswick headed to the polls and delivered a very uncertain election result.
25 seats are required to form a majority government in the province, and both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives fell just short with 21 and 22 seats respectively. While the Progressive Conservatives did capture the most seats, the Liberal Party has vowed to keep power by seeking support from one of the smaller parties in the legislature. While the NDP failed to elect any MLAs, both the Green Party and the People’s Alliance won three seats each in the legislature, potentially making either party a key ally to the next government.
New Brunswick has not elected a minority government since 1920. At this time, it is unclear which party or parties will form government, or if the province will be thrown into another election sooner rather than later.
Regardless of the final result, Federal Retirees played an important role in this election. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our members and volunteers, Federal Retirees ensured that the political parties understood the priorities of our members and seniors in the province and that our members had the tools they needed to make an informed decision at the ballot box.
“While the results of the election remain uncertain, our message was and remains clear. New Brunswick’s government has an important role to play in adapting public policies and systems to the needs of today’s growing seniors demographic and in future-proofing our policies and systems for tomorrow’s seniors,” said Léonard LeBlanc, District Director for the Atlantic Region, “Federal Retirees will continue to advocate on behalf of our members and all Canadian seniors to ensure that their needs are carefully considered by New Brunswick’s next government.”