Premier Blaine Higgs has called a provincial election, the first to be held in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, on September 14.Higgs visited Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy at Government House in Fredericton on Monday afternoon and asked her to dissolve the Legislative Assembly. She has accepted.
The move came three days after the liberal opposition withdrew from four-party talks over a Higgs proposal that would have allowed his government to stay in power until October 2022 or until the pandemic ends.
The Liberals said it would give Higgs too much power and urged him not to go to the polls until the pandemic is over.
Higgs is seeking to become the first Premier of New Brunswick to be re-elected since Bernard Lord in 2003.
He took office in 2018 after the government of Liberal Prime Minister Brian Gallant failed to gain the confidence of the Legislature following an inconclusive election.
When it was dissolved on Monday, the legislature was made up of 20 PCs, 20 liberals, three green deputies, three deputies from the Popular Alliance and one independent. Two seats were vacant.