Jacques Poitras

Provincial Affairs reporter

Jacques Poitras has been CBC's provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. He grew up in Moncton and covered Parliament in Ottawa for the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. He has reported on every New Brunswick election since 1995 and won awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the National Newspaper Awards and Amnesty International. He is also the author of five non-fiction books about New Brunswick politics and history.

Latest from Jacques Poitras

Maine bill should halt sludge shipments to New Brunswick by next month

Shipments of thousands of tonnes of sewage waste from Maine into New Brunswick could stop around Canada Day thanks to legislation movng quickly through the state’s legislature.

Premier 'disappointed' with mother's comments on LGBTQ review but doesn't contradict them

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says he’s disappointed with a Saint John mother’s comments about her dealings with Education Minister Bill Hogan on a review of a school policy on LGBTQ students.

Rising use of abortion pill shifting the landscape, expert says

The increased accessibility of the so-called “abortion pill” in New Brunswick is dramatically changing the reproductive-rights landscape and shifting the terms of the debate, according to an assistant professor at the University of New Brunswick.

New Brunswick urged to take hard line with tobacco companies in settlement talks

The New Brunswick government is being urged to drive a hard bargain as it and five other provinces negotiate a settlement of a 15-year-old, multi-million dollar lawsuit against three major tobacco companies.

Higgs faces growing dissent from cabinet on LGBTQ policy review

Premier Blaine Higgs is facing a growing wave of dissent from several of his cabinet ministers over the review of the province’s policy on LGBTQ students at school.

N.B. legislature to close loophole in fixed-date election law after court ruling

The New Brunswick legislature is fixing a flaw in the province’s fixed-date election law.

Higgs compromises on language-law update, will keep periodic review

The Higgs government is compromising on its update to the province’s Official Languages Act in the hopes of winning unanimous support for the legislation.

PC minister says not enough LGBTQ consultation on school policy

A senior cabinet minister in the Blaine Higgs government says the province has not consulted enough with gay, lesbian, trans and other marginalized New Brunswickers on a major policy review.

PC caucus rejected review of gender-identity policy once before, former minister says

Former education minister Dominic Cardy says the Progressive Conservative government caucus already rejected the idea of reviewing Policy 713 in 2020, not long after he put it into effect.

Child and youth advocate, N.B. premier clash over need to review LGBTQ school policy

New Brunswick’s child and youth advocate is slamming the province’s review of its policy on LGBTQ students in schools, calling it a “broken and incoherent process." Premier Blaine Higgs is defending the review.