Party Leader: Blaine Higgs
Current Number of Seats: 22
The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick was established in 1867. In the past, the party aligned with the federal Conservative Party; however, the current provincial party has no official ties with the federal party.
During the 1999 and 2003 provincial elections, the party led by Bernard Lord won two consecutive majorities. However, during the 2006 election, the party won only 26 seats and was defeated. In December 2006, Lord stepped down as the party leader and Jeannot Volpé was selected as the party’s interim leader.
On October 18, 2008, during the party leadership convention in Fredericton, David Alward was elected as the new party leader.
The Progressive Conservatives, under Alward`s leadership, won a majority with 42 of 55 seats in the 2010 provincial election.
During the 2014 provincial election, the party captured just 21 seats and was defeated. After the election, Alward announced his resignation as the party leader.
On October 18, 2014, Bruce Fitch was selected as interim party leader and the Leader of the Opposition.
On October 22, 2016, during the leadership convention, Blaine Higgs was elected as the new leader of the party and was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition of New Brunswick.