Jacques Poitras

Provincial Affairs reporter

Jacques Poitras has been CBC's provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. Raised in Moncton, he also produces the CBC political podcast Spin Reduxit.

Latest from Jacques Poitras

MLAs grill deputy minister on failure to deliver plan for group homes

New Brunswick MLAs grilled Department of Social Development deputy minister Eric Beaulieu on why his department hadn't produced a plan on improving youth group homes, almost a year after the province promised to release one.

Province could still back out of selling Cannabis NB, says top civil servant

Cheryl Hansen, deputy minister of finance and clerk of the executive council, said the provincial government could still back out of negotiations to sell Cannabis NB, which has managed to generate $8.3 million in net profit so far this fiscal year.

Health officials say they're working to change Ambulance New Brunswick contract

Provincial officials at the Department of Health say they’re “working toward” fixing the Ambulance New Brunswick contract that now includes a bonus payment system favouring urban over rural areas.

N.B. electronic medical records system rollout botched, says auditor general

The New Brunswick government botched the rollout of an electronic medical records system for doctors, leading to $26 million of provincial and federal money being spent on a tool that fewer than half the province's physicians adopted.

Residents of small N.B. community renew opposition to proposed wind farm

Fredericton company Naveco Power appears to be interested in building a wind farm near the community of Anse-Bleue after earlier saying it would look elsewhere for a site.

Care home battling month-long outbreak had 'gaps' in operational plan, WorkSafe says

A long-term care home in Edmundston where five residents have died of COVID-19 had "gaps" in its pandemic operational plan, according to WorkSafe New Brunswick.

Province to delay second COVID shot for some so more people can get at least one dose

New Brunswickers at lower risk of COVID-19 could wait up to 90 days for their second dose of vaccine against the coronavirus, even as the supply coming to Canada is set to increase in coming months. 
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Former Higgs cabinet ministers level tough questions at government

They’re not exactly rebels, but a trio of backbench Progressive Conservative MLAs have been flexing their independence at the legislature’s public accounts committee and turning its livestream into must-see political TV.

Legislative committee to debate virtual meetings of the legislature

A committee of MLAs will debate on Friday whether the New Brunswick Legislature should adopt virtual or hybrid sittings as a way of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Official languages commissioner prefers a public review of N.B's language law

New Brunswick’s official languages commissioner says she’d prefer to see a review of the province’s language law unfold in public, and without other issues such as education being part of the discussion.

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