Bill Fraser was re-elected to the 58th Legislature on September 22, 2014, to represent the new riding of Miramichi. On October 7, 2014, he was sworn in as Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture and the Minister responsible for the Northern and Miramichi Funds.
He graduated with a major in business from James M. Hill Memorial High School in 1988. In 2002, he stepped back into the classroom and began working toward a bachelor’s degree through university programs offered in Miramichi.
He has been in the workforce since the age of 15, working two jobs while attending school full-time. At the age of 21, he purchased a convenience store business. In 1995, he started B.Q.M. Communications, expanding to Newcastle, Rogersville and Rexton. He sold B.Q.M Communications to Downeast in 2002.
Mr. Fraser was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the September 18, 2006, provincial election as the Liberal Member for the riding of Miramichi-Bay du Vin. He served as a Deputy Speaker of the House and, in that capacity, chaired the Committees of the Whole House. He was a member of several standing committees: estimates, law amendments, private bills, public accounts, Crown corporations, legislative administration and procedure. Mr. Fraser served on the Select Committee on Tax Review and was a member of the Select Committee on Life-long Learning.
He was re-elected to the 57th Legislature in the provincial election held on September 27, 2010. He served as a member of the Standing Committee on Procedure and the Legislative Administration Committee. He was the Official Opposition critic for matters related to the Department of Health and he served as the Official Opposition House Leader.
Mr. Fraser has served his community in a variety of ways. He has served as a board member of Miramichi Regional Development Corporation, Greater Miramichi Chamber of Commerce, Northumberland Business Advisory Centre, Chatham Non-Profit Housing, Miramichi Task Force and Historic Water Street Business District.
He has been a volunteer with Canada Day Committees, White Gold Festival, Christmas Parades and Tall Ships. He has been a member of the Miramichi Rotary Club, Chatham Lion’s Club, and the city’s economic development committee.
Mr. Fraser lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick.