Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

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Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick
60th New Brunswick Legislature
Incoming
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1785 (1785)
Preceded byNova Scotia House of Assembly
Leadership
Daniel Guitard, Liberal
since 23 October 2018
Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservative
since 9 November 2018
Denis Landry, Liberal
since 14 February 2019
Structure
Seats49
Political groups
Government
  •   PC (27)

Opposition

Elections
Last election
September 14, 2020
Next election
TBD
Meeting place
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly 2011.JPG
Legislative Building, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Website
www.gnb.ca/legis/

The Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (French: Assemblée législative du Nouveau-Brunswick) is the deliberative assembly of the New Brunswick Legislature, in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. The assembly's seat is located in Fredericton. It was established in Saint John de jure when the colony was created in 1784 but came into session only in 1786, following the first elections in late 1785. The legislative assembly was originally the lower house in a bicameral legislature. Its upper house counterpart, the Legislative Council of New Brunswick, was abolished in 1891. Its members are called "Members of the Legislative Assembly," commonly referred to as "MLAs".

History

Saint John was chosen as the original capital when New Brunswick was formed in 1784 as it was the centre of commerce and the only city at that time.[1] The New Brunswick Legislative Building is the current building that houses the Assembly. It opened in 1882, having been constructed by J.C. Dumaresq, following the destruction of the original building, known as Province Hall, by fire in 1880.

The legislative chamber is designed to have four rows on the government side and three rows on the opposition side. This is because elections have traditionally yielded a strong government majority; in fact on occasion, even with many of the seats on one side of the House, the government has spilled over to the opposition side. Quite often the House is oriented to have only two rows on the opposition benches, in the event of a large opposition adding a third row makes the opposition benches rather crowded.

Seating plan

Current members

See also

References

  1. ^ "Fredericton, Saint John capital quarrel revisited in study". CBC. Retrieved 20 July 2017.