Blaine Higgs was sworn in as the 34th Premier of New Brunswick on November 9, 2018. He is the member of Quispamsis – and was first elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 27, 2010. Higgs was re-elected on September 22, 2014, and subsequently re-elected on September 24, 2018.
Higgs was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1993, he completed the Executive Management Training Program at Queen’s University. He also has taken courses in finance in 2003, and Leadership and Influence at Babson Executive Training and Education in 2006.
After first being elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2010, Higgs was sworn in as Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation, and Chair of the Board of Management. He also served as Minister of Human Resources until October 9, 2012.
Immediately following university, Mr. Higgs joined Irving Oil Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, refining operations and in the transportation sector. Prior to retirement in May 2010, he was Director of Logistics and Distribution, with overall responsibility for the transportation and bulk storage requirements for the reliable supply of refined products to customers throughout Eastern Canada and New England.
He was a member of the Irving team negotiating with Repsol on the Canaport LNG project. He also served on the Board of Directors for Canaport LNG and the New Brunswick Gateway Council.
A long-standing member of the Kennebecasis Baptist Church, he has served on various boards and committees. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of New Brunswick, past vice-chair of the New Brunswick Gateway Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Fundy Royal Conservative Association.
He has traveled extensively for business and pleasure. The insight learned through this interaction with different cultures provides him with a real appreciation for the challenges that New Brunswick faces in the global economy.
A long-time resident of Quispamsis, he is married to Marcia, and the couple has four daughters: Lindsey, Laura (Reid Gilmore), Sarah (Jeff Wilkinson) and Rachel. They are also blessed with 2 grandchildren, Nadia and Alexander Gilmore. They all enjoy spending time in the country and pursuing many outdoor activities, such as swimming, boating, skiing, snowmobiling and fishing.