N.B. election sees 8 female MLAs elected in 49 ridings

New Brunswick saw a slight uptick in the number of female MLAs elected during Monday night's provincial election.

Last legislative assembly had 8 women sitting in 55 ridings

Dorothy Shephard was re-elected in Saint John Lancaster on Monday night. The outgoing legislative assembly in which she took part had the dubious distinction of of having the fewest female MLAs in the country. (Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/CBC)

New Brunswick has eight female MLAs in the province's newly distributed 49 ridings, following Monday night's provincial election.

That represents about 16 per cent of the legislative assembly.

The province's last sitting legislative assembly, elected in 2010, also had eight female MLAs but out of 55 ridings, or about 14.5 per cent, earning New Brunswick the dubious honour of having the fewest female MLAs in the country. Former energy minister Margaret-Ann Blaney subsequently resigned her Rothesay seat in May 2012 to become chief executive officer of Efficiency New Brunswick.

The eight newly elected women are evenly split between the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives.

In the Moncton area, three of the five MLAs are women.

The Liberals and Tories each had 13 women running across the province.

2 cabinet ministers unseated

Tory Madeleine Dubé, who was the minister of social development before the legislative assembly was dissolved on Aug. 21, managed to hold on to her seat in Edmundston Madawaska Centre.

Dorothy Shephard, who was the minister of health​y and inclusive communities, also claimed victory in her riding of Saint John Lancaster.

MLAs Pam Lynch and Sherry Wilson were also re-elected, in  Fredericton-Grand Lake and Moncton Southwest, respectively.

Marie-Claude Blais, the former minister of education and early childhood development and minister responsible for women's equality, was unseated in Moncton Centre.

Sue Stultz, the former minister of government services, responsible for Service New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Internal Services Agency, was also unseated, in Moncton South.

Tory MLA MartineCoulombe lost in her bid to be re-elected in her riding of Restigouche West.

The successful Liberal female candidates include:

  • Lisa Harris in Miramichi Bay-Neguac.

  • Francine Landry in Madawaska Les Lacs-Edmundston​.

  • Monique Leblanc from Moncton East.

  • Cathy Rogers from Moncton-South.

The NDP had 14 women vying for seats in the election. None were successful.

Of the Green Party's 36 candidates, 19 were women, and the People's Alliance had five female candidates out of 15, but none of them managed to win.

Gretchen Kelbaugh, a filmmaker who has documented the lack of women in politics, has previously suggested it may be time to impose a quota system to ensure more women run.

Such systems are already in place in Germany, Norway and Switzerland, she said.

Riding

CandidatePartyElected

Restigouche West

Martine Coulombe PCN
Campbellton-Dalhouse Heather Wood GreenN
Restigouche-Chaleur 
Gilberte Boudreau
PCN

Bathurst West-Beresford


Anne Bard-Lavigne 
PCN
Bathurst West-BeresfordCatherine Doucet GreenN

Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore

N/AN/AN/A

Caraquet

Suzanne Morais-Vienneau PCN
CaraquetSophie Chiasson-Gould GreenN

Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou


Juliette Paulin 
NDPN

Tracadie-Sheila

Nancy Benoit GreenN

Miramichi Bay-Neguac

Lisa Harris LiberalY

Miramichi

Patty Deitch GreenN

Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin

Norma Smith 

Liberal

N

Kent North

Nancy Blanchard PCN
Kent NorthRébeka Frazer-ChiassonGreenN

Kent North
 

Raven-Chanelle Arsenault-AugustinePeople's AllianceN

Kent South

Tina BeersGreenN

Shediac Bay-Dieppe

Dolorès PoirierPCN

Shediac Bay-Dieppe

Agathe LapointeNDPN

Shediac Bay-Dieppe

Stephanie MatthewsGreenN

Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé

Carmel Brun 

PCN

Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé

Bernice Boudreau NDPN

Memramcook-Tantramar 

Hélène BoudreauNDPN
Memramcook-Tantramar

Megan Mitton 

GreenN

Dieppe 

Sandy HarquailNDPN

Dieppe 

Françoise AubinGreenN

Moncton East 

Jane Mitton-MacLeanPCN

Moncton East 

Monique LeBlancLiberalY

Moncton Centre

Marie-Claude BlaisPCN

Moncton-South

Sue Stultz PCN

Moncton-South

Cathy Rogers LiberalY

Moncton-South

Elisabeth French NDPN
Moncton-SouthRish McGlynn GreenN

Moncton Northwest

N/AN/AN/A

Moncton Southwest

Sherry Wilson PCY

Moncton Southwest

Lucy Goguen People's AllianceN

Riverview

Tammy Rampersaud

LiberalN

Riverview

Danie PitreNDPN

Riverview

Linda Hardwick  GreenN

Albert

Kelly-Sue O'ConnorNDPN

Gagetown-Petitcodiac

N/AN/AN/A

Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins

Heike MacGregorLiberalN

Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins

Stephanie CoburnGreenN

Hampton

Joan Seeley People's AllianceN

Quispamsis

Mary SchryerLiberalN

Quispamsis

Angela-Jo (AJ) GriffinNDPN

Rothesay

Stephanie TomilsonLiberalN
Rothesay

Ann McAllister

GreenN

Saint John East

Sharon MurphyGreenN

Portland-Simonds

Sheila Croteau GreenN

Saint John Harbour

N/AN/AN/A

Saint John Lancaster

Dorothy ShephardPCY

Saint John Lancaster

Ashley DurdleGreenN

Saint John Lancaster

Mary Ellen CarpenterIndependentN

Kings Centre

Shannon MerrifieldLiberalN

Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West

Terry James NDPN

Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West

Krysta Oland GreenN

Charlotte-Campobello

June Greenlaw NDPN

Charlotte-Campobello

Joyce Wright People's AllianceN

Oromocoto-Lincoln

Trisha Hoyt LiberalN

Oromocoto-Lincoln

Amanda Diggins NDPN

Fredericton-Grand Lake

Pam Lynch PCY

Fredericton-Grand Lake

Sheri Shannon LiberalN

Fredericton-Grand Lake


Bronwen Mosher 
NDPN

New Maryland-Sunbury


Aimée Foreman
NDPN

New Maryland-Sunbury


Kelsey Adams
GreenN

Fredericton South


Courtney Mills 
IndependentN

Fredericton North


Madeleine Berrevoets
GreenN

Fredericton North


Patricia Wilkins 
People's AllianceN

Fredericton-York


Sharon Scott-Levesque
NDPN

Fredericton-York


Dorothy Diamond 
GreenN

Fredericton West-Hanwell


Bernadine Gibson
LiberalN

Fredericton West-Hanwell


Gayla MacIntosh
GreenN

Carleton-York

N/AN/AN/A

Carleton

N/AN/AN/A

Carleton-Victoria

N/AN/AN/A

Victoria-La Vallée

N/AN/AN/A

Edmundston-Madawaska Centre

Madeleine (Mado) DubéPCY

Madawaska Les Lacs-Edmundston


Francine Landry 

Liberal

Y