We’re going to the polls Oct. 21 and here’s a look at who’s seeking voter support in the Beauséjour riding.
Liberal Party of Canada
Dominic LeBlanc (Incumbent)
Dominic LeBlanc, a lawyer from Shediac, has been the Member of Parliament for Beauséjour since 2000.
LeBlanc was serving as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern affairs and Internal Trade until he stepped down temporarily from the post this past April to undergo cancer treatments. He has also previously served as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, among other roles. He is the son of former MP, Senator and Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc.
Conservative Party of Canada
Vince Cormier, born and raised in Saint-Paul, has spent most of his career in management roles or as an entrepreneur. Equipped with a forestry certificate and business administration degree, Cormier started his career working for the Province of New Brunswick in enforcement and consulting branches for the Department of Natural Resources. From there, he went on to the private sector, where he got involved in manufacturing and construction.
In recent years, Cormier has become a partner of NuFocus Strategic Group in Dieppe and co-founded Personalized Building Solutions, which specializes in housing developments for First Nations communities.
People’s Party of Canada
An interfaith minister and naturopath, Nancy Mercier makes her home in Shediac.
For the past 30 years, Mercier has held positions in finance with several renowned pharmaceutical companies, co-owned and managed an incorporated construction business with her husband, and founded a not-for-profit, charitable religious and educational organization that she currently manages and operates out of her home.
Mercier has been a quadriplegic since 1995 after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in a car accident.
Green Party of Canada
Laura Reinsborough, who was born and raised in Sackville, is a community organizer and environmental activist.
Reinsborough completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies at Toronto’s York University. While in Toronto, she founded Not Far From the Tree, a groundbreaking food-sharing program for which she was named one of Canada’s “top changemakers” by Canadian Living magazine.
Reinsborough returned to New Brunswick four years ago and became engaged in various community initiatives, such as Beauséjour Renewable Energy, Co-operation in Agri-Food New Brunswick, the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition, and Food for All NB.
Not a single candidate has yet to declare for the New Democratic Party in any of New Brunswick’s 10 ridings.