Changes announced to senior government leadership

New Brunswick Government

Premier Blaine Higgs announced changes to the senior ranks of the provincial public service on Thursday.

A release says effective Tuesday November 12 Jean-Marc Dupuis becomes the secretary to cabinet, in addition to his current responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer, clerk of the Executive Council and head of the public service.

Gérald Richard moves from the post of deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Education (francophone sector) to the role of deputy Minister of Health, replacing the recently retired Tom Maston.

Marcel Lavoie becomes the deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (francophone sector), while George Daley becomes the deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (Anglophone sector) and Kelly Cain becomes the deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and deputy minister responsible for the Women's Equality Branch.

The Premier's Office says John P. Logan moves from an advisory role to become the acting deputy minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, while Cade Libby becomes the acting deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs and acting president of the Regional Development Corporation.

Hélène Bouchard, the current acting president of the Regional Development Corporation will be moving to another key senior role within the civil service.

Cathy LaRochelle becomes the deputy minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries and Judy Wagner becomes the principal secretary and chief of staff at the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor.

The province has provided the following list of deputy ministers, deputy heads and presidents of Part 1 Crown corporations. The changes take effect on Nov. 12 (* denotes a change or addition):

  • Jean-Marc Dupuis*, chief operating officer, clerk of the Executive Council, secretary to cabinet and head of the public service;
  • Louis Léger, deputy minister and chief of staff of the Office of the Premier;
  • Cade Libby*, deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs (acting) and president of the Regional Development Corporation (acting);
  • Cathy LaRochelle*, deputy minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries;
  • George Daley*, deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (anglophone sector);
  • Marcel Lavoie*, deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (francophone sector);
  • Thomas MacFarlane, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development;
  • Kelli Simmonds, deputy minister of Environment and Local Government;
  • Cheryl Hansen, deputy minister of Finance and Treasury Board and secretary of Treasury Board;
  • Gérald Richard*, deputy minister of Health;
  • Kelly Cain*, deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and deputy minister responsible for the Women's Equality Branch;
  • John B. D. Logan, deputy minister of Justice and Office of the Attorney General;
  • Sadie Perron, deputy minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour;
  • Michael Comeau, deputy minister of Public Safety;
  • Eric Beaulieu, deputy minister of Social Development;
  • Alain Basque, deputy minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture (acting);
  • John P. Logan*, deputy minister of Transportation and Infrastructure (acting);
  • Alan Roy, CEO of Service New Brunswick;
  • Stephen Lund, CEO of Opportunities NB/Economic Development and Small Business; and
  • Paul Greene, deputy minister responsible for communications, Executive Council Office.