The Liberal caucus met today to elect the interim Leader of the Official Opposition. At the end of the vote, the member for Bathurst-East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore, Denis Landry, was declared interim Leader.
“I’m pleased that my colleagues placed their trust in me. Together we’re starting a new chapter in the story of the New Brunswick Liberal Party,” said the new leader at the end of the caucus meeting. “My leadership will be one of teamwork: working closely with caucus members, involving Party members, meeting with Liberal associations across New Brunswick, listening to what they have to say. I want these people to feel comfortable and enjoy being part of the great organization that is the Liberal Party of New Brunswick,” said Denis Landry.
The eldest of 11 children, he was born on November 13, 1957, in Val-Doucet. After graduating from Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux in Caraquet in 1975, he worked as a logger for 17 years. He served as secretary-treasurer and then president of the local chapter of the Canadian Paperworkers Union (CPU).
First elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick on September 11, 1995, as a member of the new Centre-Péninsule riding, he served in the Legislature for nineteen years. He was Minister of Transportation, Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Human Resources and Minister of Justice and Public Safety.
Mr. Landry and his wife, Johanne, have three children, Sébastien, Natacha, and Cédric, as well as seven grandchildren Kassime, Karellie, Kaissa, Kayana, Benjamin, Maxime and Alexandra.