New Brunswick Votes

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 Martine Coulombe 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

Candidate Party Elected

Restigouche West

Martine Coulombe  PC N
Campbellton-Dalhouse  Heather Wood  Green N
Restigouche-Chaleur 
Gilberte Boudreau
PC N

Bathurst West-Beresford


Anne Bard-Lavigne 
PC N
Bathurst West-Beresford Catherine Doucet  Green N

Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore

N/A N/A N/A

Caraquet

Suzanne Morais-Vienneau  PC N
Caraquet Sophie Chiasson-Gould  Green N

Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou


Juliette Paulin 
NDP N

Tracadie-Sheila

Nancy Benoit  Green N

Miramichi Bay-Neguac

Lisa Harris  Liberal Y

Miramichi

Patty Deitch  Green N

Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin

Norma Smith 

Liberal

N

Kent North

Nancy Blanchard  PC N
Kent North Rébeka Frazer-Chiasson Green N

Kent North
 

Raven-Chanelle Arsenault-Augustine People's Alliance N

Kent South

Tina Beers Green N

Shediac Bay-Dieppe

Dolorès Poirier PC N

Shediac Bay-Dieppe

Agathe Lapointe NDP N

Shediac Bay-Dieppe

Stephanie Matthews Green N

Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé

Carmel Brun 

PC N

Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé

Bernice Boudreau  NDP N

Memramcook-Tantramar 

Hélène Boudreau NDP N
Memramcook-Tantramar

Megan Mitton 

Green N

Dieppe 

Sandy Harquail NDP N

Dieppe 

Françoise Aubin Green N

Moncton East 

Jane Mitton-MacLean PC N

Moncton East 

Monique LeBlanc Liberal Y

Moncton Centre

Marie-Claude Blais PC N

Moncton-South

Sue Stultz  PC N

Moncton-South

Cathy Rogers  Liberal Y

Moncton-South

Elisabeth French  NDP N
Moncton-South Rish McGlynn  Green N

Moncton Northwest

N/A N/A N/A

Moncton Southwest

Sherry Wilson  PC Y

Moncton Southwest

Lucy Goguen  People's Alliance N

Riverview

Tammy Rampersaud

Liberal N

Riverview

Danie Pitre NDP N

Riverview

Linda Hardwick   Green N

Albert

Kelly-Sue O'Connor NDP N

Gagetown-Petitcodiac

N/A N/A N/A

Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins

Heike MacGregor Liberal N

Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins

Stephanie Coburn Green N

Hampton

Joan Seeley  People's Alliance N

Quispamsis

Mary Schryer Liberal N

Quispamsis

Angela-Jo (AJ) Griffin NDP N

Rothesay

Stephanie Tomilson Liberal N
Rothesay

Ann McAllister

Green N

Saint John East

Sharon Murphy Green N

Portland-Simonds

Sheila Croteau  Green N

Saint John Harbour

N/A N/A N/A

Saint John Lancaster

Dorothy Shephard PC Y

Saint John Lancaster

Ashley Durdle Green N

Saint John Lancaster

Mary Ellen Carpenter Independent N

Kings Centre

Shannon Merrifield Liberal N

Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West

Terry James  NDP N

Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West

Krysta Oland  Green N

Charlotte-Campobello

June Greenlaw  NDP N

Charlotte-Campobello

Joyce Wright  People's Alliance N

Oromocoto-Lincoln

Trisha Hoyt  Liberal N

Oromocoto-Lincoln

Amanda Diggins  NDP N

Fredericton-Grand Lake

Pam Lynch  PC Y

Fredericton-Grand Lake

Sheri Shannon  Liberal N

Fredericton-Grand Lake


Bronwen Mosher 
NDP N

New Maryland-Sunbury


Aimée Foreman
NDP N

New Maryland-Sunbury


Kelsey Adams
Green N

Fredericton South


Courtney Mills 
Independent N

Fredericton North


Madeleine Berrevoets
Green N

Fredericton North


Patricia Wilkins 
People's Alliance N

Fredericton-York


Sharon Scott-Levesque
NDP N

Fredericton-York


Dorothy Diamond 
Green N

Fredericton West-Hanwell


Bernadine Gibson
Liberal N

Fredericton West-Hanwell


Gayla MacIntosh
Green N

Carleton-York

N/A N/A N/A

Carleton

N/A N/A N/A

Carleton-Victoria

N/A N/A N/A

Victoria-La Vallée

N/A N/A N/A

Edmundston-Madawaska Centre

Madeleine (Mado) Dubé PC Y

Madawaska Les Lacs-Edmundston


Francine Landry 

Liberal

Y