Former N.B. premier Gallant resigns from legislature after losing power in 2018

Brian Gallant

Former New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant is resigning from the provincial legislature.

Kevin Vickers, his replacement as Liberal leader, announced today that Gallant is leaving the legislature to pursue other career opportunities.

After the Liberals failed to form a minority government in the weeks following last September's tight provincial election, Gallant stepped down as leader but said he planned to remain an MLA until the next election.

Last month, however, Gallant announced on Facebook that he was becoming a special adviser to the president of Ryerson University in Toronto, advising on innovation, cybersecurity, and law.

Gallant, 37, was premier from 2014 to 2018. He practised law in Dieppe, N.B. , before entering politics.

Vickers, who became party leader in April, praised Gallant for his government's balancing of the books.