Six months into the job, Premier Gallant is taking firm steps to address New Brunswick’s fiscal challenges and maximize new opportunities.
Brian Gallant’s government has sharpened the focus on job creation and is working on a strategic program review aimed at cutting the province’s deficit by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Find out how the Gallant government plans to move New Brunswick forward with a more diverse economy spurred on by major projects like the Energy East pipeline and investments in mining.
Brian Gallant is New Brunswick’s 33rd Premier. At age 32, he is the youngest first minister in Canada in more than a century.
Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on Oct. 27, 2012, at a leadership convention that saw a record number of convention voters cast a ballot. He was first elected to the province’s Legislative Assembly in a by-election for the riding of Kent in April 2013, and was sworn-in as Leader of the Official Opposition.
In the Sept. 2014 general election, Gallant offered and won the seat in his home riding, Shediac Bay-Dieppe. On Oct. 7 he was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs.
Since then, his government has focused on its efforts to create jobs, improve finances and support families in the province.
At meetings of Canada’s premiers in January, Premier Gallant was named by his peers as a co-lead for the Premiers’ Working Group on Labour Market Development Agreements and as a co-lead for the Premiers’ Working Group on the Canadian Energy Strategy.
Gallant was educated at a number of elementary schools in New Brunswick as his parents moved for work. He graduated from Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud in Shediac.
Determined to pursue a post-secondary education, he started and operated two small companies to pay for his university education. He attended the Université de Moncton where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and then a Bachelor of Laws degree.
He also earned a Master of Laws degree from McGill University.
Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.
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