Brian Gallant: Liberal Party of New Brunswick
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 3:00PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:28PM ADT
FREDERICTON - A sketch of Premier Brian Gallant, leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick:
Age: 36, making him Canada's youngest premier.
Hometown: Shediac Bridge, N.B.
Job before politics: Gallant says he started two small companies to finance his post-secondary education, including a law degree from McGill University; he practised corporate and commercial law before becoming a partner at the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe, N.B.
Leadership history: Gallant won his party's leadership race in 2012 without a seat, and was elected to the provincial legislature in 2013 as Liberal Opposition leader.
Key issue: Gallant's government has made marijuana part of the province's economic strategy, and plans to "build a 'best-in-class' hub of infrastructure and research clusters to attract new investment'' in cannabis. It has also pushed investment to create a hub for cyber-security work.
What to look for on the campaign trail: Gallant has pushed to put more women on the ballot in New Brunswick, with his government winning praise for its plan to give parties a financial incentive to field more female candidates.
Did you know: Gallant married Karine Lavoie in October at a wedding in St. Andrews, N.B.
Social media stats: Nearly 20,000 Twitter followers; more than 15,575 Facebook followers.
Celebrity lookalike: Aaron Eckhart.
Quote: "To continue to grow the New Brunswick economy, we must consistently work at growing our population and workforce, and we must support industries that are in rural New Brunswick."