Party Leader: Brian Gallant
Current Number of Seats: 24
The New Brunswick Liberal Association or New Brunswick Liberal Party was founded in 1883 and is affiliated with the federal Liberal Party.
The party won three consecutive majorities during the 1987, 1991 and 1995 provincial elections under the leadership of Frank McKenna.
Frank McKenna stepped down as the premier after serving ten years and was replaced by Camille Thériault as the party leader and the premier.
Thériault led the party during the 1999 provincial election; however, the party won only 10 seats and was defeated. He stepped down as the party leader in March 2001 and was replaced by Bernard Richard as the party’s interim leader.
The party leadership convention was held on May 12, 2002, and Shawn Graham was elected as the new party leader.
Graham led the party during the 2003 provincial election, however, the party secured only 26 seats and was defeated.
During the 2006 provincial election, Graham led the party to a narrow victory by securing 29 of the 55 seats in the legislature.
During the 2010 election, the party won only 13 seats and was defeated. Post-election, Graham stepped down as the party leader and was replaced by Victor Boudreau as the party’s interim leader.
During the leadership convention held in 2012, Brian Gallant was elected as the party leader.
After winning the leadership campaign, Gallant won the by-election in the riding of Kent in 2013 and was sworn into the Legislative Assembly as the Leader of the Opposition on April 20, 2013.
During the 2014 election, Gallant led the party to a majority by successfully capturing 27 of the 49 seats and securing 42.7 per cent of the vote.