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Throne speech passes, avoiding snap election for now

By Brad Perry Oct 27, 2023 | 1:06 PM

An attempt by the New Brunswick Liberals to bring down the Higgs government has failed.

Their non-confident amendment to the throne speech was defeated 27-18 in the legislature on Friday.

MLAs then went on to pass the speech by the same vote, with all Progressive Conservatives voting in favour of it.

That included the six so-called “rebels” who previously voted against the government on a motion related to the province’s gender identity policy in schools.

It became a source of discontent within the Progressive Conservative Party and had Premier Blaine Higgs hinting he may call a snap election this fall.

As expected, members of the Liberal and Green parties voted against the speech from the throne.

In their replies to the speech, leaders for both parties said they could not support what was in it.

There were few new commitments from the Higgs government in speech, much of which focused on the government’s accomplishments.

Despite surviving a confidence vote on Friday, the premier has not ruled out the possibility of calling a snap election in the near future.