New Speaker in New Brunswick
The new Speaker of the New Brunswick
Legislative Assembly is Frank Branch. Mr. Branch, 44, was born in Bathurst, New
Brunswick, and attended public and high school there. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts degree from Saint Thomas University and a Bachelor of Education from the
Université de Moncton.
A former teacher at le Collège de
Bathurst and the New Brunswick Community College, Mr. Branch is now a full-time
legislator. First elected to the Legislative Assembly October 26, 1970, he was
one of five representatives from the constituency of Gloucester County. He was
first elected representative for the new single-member riding of
Nepisiguit-Chaleur on November 18, 1974. He was re-elected in 1978, 1982 and
While in the Opposition, Mr. Branch
served on several select and standing committees including Mining and Renewable
Resources; Fisheries; Science, Technology and the Future; Agriculture,
Corporations, Economic Development, Procedure, Public Accounts, Social
Development, and Veterans Affairs.
On October 27, 1987, Premier Frank
McKenna designated Mr. Branch Speaker of the House of Assembly. He was formally
elected at the start of the First Session of the Fifty-First Parliament.
Speaker's Reunion in British
On Thursday, December 1, 1987, John
Reynolds, Speaker of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, hosted the
Second Triennial Speaker's Dinner. The Former Speakers were presented with a
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association plaque by Speaker Reynolds commemorating
their years of service to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.