Hon. Blaine Higgs

Hon. Blaine Higgs

Blaine Higgs, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Quispamsis, was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr. Higgs joined Irving Oil Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, refining operations and in the transportation sector. Prior to retirement in May 2010, he was Director of Logistics and Distribution, with overall responsibility for the transportation and bulk storage requirements for the reliable supply of refined products to customers throughout Eastern Canada and New England.

First elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 27, 2010, he represents the riding of Quispamsis. On October 12, 2010, he was sworn-in as Minister of Finance, he was minister responsible for the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, minister responsible for the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation, minister responsible for the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation, and chair of the Board of Management. He also served as Minister of Human Resources until October 9, 2012.

Mr. Higgs was re-elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 22, 2014, as MLA for Quispamsis. In 2016, he was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. On September 24, 2018, he was elected for a third term as the MLA for Quispamsis. On November 9, 2018, he formed the first minority government in 100 years and became the 34th Premier of New Brunswick. On September 14, 2020, Premier Higgs was elected for a fourth term and formed a majority government, becoming the first Premier since Bernard Lord to secure a second mandate from the people of New Brunswick.

Mr. Higgs has been a resident of Quispamsis for over 44 years, and a long-standing member of Kennebecasis Baptist Church. He and Marcia were married in 1978 and have four daughters: Lindsey, Laura (Reid Gilmore), Sarah (Jeff Wilkinson) and Rachel (Matthew Hiltz). They are also blessed with five grandchildren: Nadia, Alexander, Samuel, Sadie and Sophia. They all enjoy spending time in the country and pursuing many outdoor activities, such as swimming, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, and fishing.