Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Brian Gallant throws hat in ring for Liberal leadership



MONCTON - Moncton lawyer Brian Gallant today declared he is seeking the Leadership of the New Brunswick Liberal Party. Gallant made the announcement to a large gathering of enthusiastic Liberal supporters at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton following earlier stops in Caraquet and the Miramichi.

“It’s time for a new approach to politics in New Brunswick,” said Gallant. “We can make this province a more prosperous and progressive place. We can grow our economy and protect our social programs. And we can put our financial house in order,” said Gallant. “But we can’t keep using the same methods that have failed in the past and are failing New Brunswickers today.”

“The first step is the renewal of the Liberal Party,” noted Gallant. “We need to rebuild the party from the grassroots up and ensure every Liberal has a voice in party policies. We need the party to be transparent and inclusive.”

Brian Gallant first came to political prominence in 2006, when he very nearly defeated incumbent Premier Bernard Lord in the riding of Moncton-East, earning 41 per cent of the vote.

Brian Gallant grew up in Shediac Bridge. While still a student, he started small businesses to pay his way through university, going on to earn business and law degrees from the Université de Moncton. After being called to the New Brunswick bar, he worked at a major law firm in Moncton for over 3 years. He recently earned his Masters in Law from McGill University in Montreal. He currently practices corporate and commercial law in the Moncton area.

Brian Gallant’s campaign is co-chaired by Dominic Leblanc, MP for Beaus√©jour, and Mary Schryer, former MLA for Quispamsis.

Following his campaign launch in Moncton, Gallant will make further campaign stops on Wednesday in Fredericton at 3 pm in the St. John Room, Crowne Plaza hotel, Saint John at 5:15 pm at the Delta hotel and Woodstock. For the remainder of the week, he will make several campaign stops in northern New Brunswick and in the furthermost regions of the province.