N.B. Liberal government loses confidence vote; premier resigns
New Brunswick's Liberal government has fallen after losing a confidence vote on its throne speech Friday.
Premier Brian Gallant told the legislature he would be going to the lieutenant-governor to resign — and to suggest Tory Leader Blaine Higgs be given the opportunity to form government.
He wished the Tories luck, saying: "Their success will be New Brunswick's success.''
Higgs has said he wants the transition to occur as quickly as possible.
Prior to the vote, Gallant made a final pitch for support with an address closing debate on the throne speech.
He said New Brunswickers voted for change in how political parties govern and he takes full responsibility for the election results.