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

Vitalité board chair doubles down on assertion board members approved health reform

Michelyne Paulin issued a new statement Thursday responding to a claim by the board’s former vice-chair Norma McGraw that it never came to a vote.

Fredericton man gets 100 days in jail for practising law without licence

A Fredericton man who describes himself as a social activist is going to jail for what a senior judge says is practising law without a licence.

Vice-chair of the Vitalité health network's board resigns over health reform plan

The vice-chair of the Vitalité health network’s board has resigned, saying she and other board members weren’t given a say in the adoption of a controversial health plan.

How do you say 'Savoie?': La Francophonie Minister reflects on mixed heritage

Glen Savoie says it was "shocking" when he learned, as a child, that there was another way to pronounce his last name. But then he heard his father Louis, who had moved from the Neguac area to Saint John for work, speaking to his own parents back home.

ER controversy hurts P.C.'s already diminished standing in francophone New Brunswick

The Higgs government's botched attempt at health-care reforms has made an already bad situation even worse for the Progressive Conservatives in francophone and northern New Brunswick.

Deeper cuts to emergency rooms, hospitals outlined in 2014 health plan

Health officials in New Brunswick have been sitting on proposals for more hospital downgrades and emergency-department closures far more sweeping than the ones announced and then cancelled by the Higgs government this month.

Health officials blame lack of awareness, entrenched mindsets for failed health reforms

Senior health officials faced tough questions from all political parties as they appeared before a committee of MLAs on Wednesday and tried to explain what one member called a “disastrous” rollout of provincial health reforms.

Ex-deputy premier Gauvin plans to vote against Higgs's provincial budget

Former deputy premier and newly independent MLA Robert Gauvin says he will vote against the Progressive Conservative government’s budget next month. 
Analysis

Higgs may have jeopardized reputation for making politically risky decisions in health reform fallout

A week is a long time in politics, they say, and that was especially true during the last seven days in New Brunswick.

Gauvin sits as an independent as Higgs debates calling an election

Robert Gauvin has resigned as deputy premier in the Progressive Conservative government and will sit as an independent MLA in the legislature.

Sussex MLA doesn't support Higgs's decision to cut overnight ER services

The Progressive Conservative MLA for Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins says he will not endorse health reforms announced this week by the PC minority government.

Gauvin must decide whether to fall in line, but Higgs will tolerate health reform dissent for now

Premier Blaine Higgs defended his government's controversial health-care reforms Wednesday while trying to give two recalcitrant Progressive Conservative MLAs some room to oppose the decision — at least for now. 

'This will get nasty': Protests erupt, Vickers threatens to topple government over health reforms

New Brunswick's Progressive Conservative minority government unveiled major, long-delayed health-care reforms that immediately triggered talk of an early provincial election.

Premier braces public for major health-care reform Tuesday

A major reform to the New Brunswick health care system will be announced Tuesday.
Analysis

Climate hearings reveal slow pace of government action

Provincial officials told the new legislative committee on climate change New Brunswick could meet its emissions-reduction targets if government departments did their part in meeting commitments set out in the 2016 climate change plan. But critics see a lack of resolve.