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

Ottawa appeals court decision on bilingual New Brunswick lieutenant-governor

The federal government is appealing a court ruling that said New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor must be bilingual.

N.B.'s unlingual premier experiments with device to translate French conversation

Premier Blaine Higgs has a new tool in his ongoing effort to overcome his inability to have a smooth conversation in fluent French: a device that provides him with artificial-intelligence-generated, almost-real-time interpretation of questions posed in French by reporters.

Cost of a fill-up gets fingers pointing in N.B. Legislature

With gas prices hitting record highs in New Brunswick, the cost of filling up dominated the New Brunswick Legislature on Thursday, with some partisan finger-pointing and riffing on carbon taxes thrown in for good measure.

Bill would give N.B. medical health officer more power to issue orders

Long-running states of emergency during pandemics may soon be a thing of the past in New Brunswick.

Provincial minister 'guarantees' landlords won't get around rent cap

The cabinet minister who regulates apartment rentals has publicly guaranteed that New Brunswick landlords will not be able to find ways around a proposed new rent cap and legislated restrictions on so-called “renovictions.”

An 'unsuitable' climate threatens Mi'kmaw community

A 2010 storm displaced dozens of families in this small Mi’kmaq community on the Bay of Chaleur. Sewers backed up. People lost cherished possessions. It was an early indicator of the threat posed to coastal communities by climate change.

Masks now optional at New Brunswick Legislature

A committee of MLAs voted Friday to end the mandatory mask rules at the New Brunswick Legislature.

N.B. Liberal leadership race drops to 4 candidates as 5th hopeful appeals

There will be four candidates for the New Brunswick Liberal Party leadership, barring a successful last-minute appeal by a fifth potential hopeful who failed to meet key requirements to join the race.

N.B. Legislature poised to tackle 15-year backlog in Hansard translation

About 23 million words worth of legislative debates and proceedings, covering the governments of five New Brunswick premiers as far back as 2005, remain inaccessible to the public in English and French.

Leslyn Lewis latest federal Conservative leadership hopeful to hit N.B.

The first-term Ontario MP didn't let her objections to federal vaccine mandates stop her from campaigning in New Brunswick this week, arriving just a day after former Quebec premier Jean Charest paid a visit.