New Brunswick deputy premier quits minority Tory authorities over health-care reforms

SHIPPAGAN, N.B.—New Brunswick’s governing Progressive Conservatives have misplaced their deputy premier with Robert Gauvin’s announcement he’s quitting in protest over health-care reforms.

Gauvin informed constituents in his using of Shippagan-Lameque-Miscou Friday he’ll sit as an Unbiased, dealing a blow to the minority authorities of Premier Blaine Higgs.


The announcement, which drew applause from his supporters, follows the federal government’s choice this week to shut emergency rooms in a single day in six neighborhood hospitals within the province.

Gauvin is the second Tory MLA to denounce the ER closures, following Bruce Northrup’s assertion Thursday that he can not help the transfer.

Higgs has mentioned his authorities is satisfied it’s doing the fitting factor to make sure the sustainability of the province’s health-care system.


Gauvin says folks from rural communities throughout the province urged him to take a stand, and he felt obliged to behave as a result of he doesn’t really feel the premier is defending residents.

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