N.B. premier Higgs confirmed as Progressive Conservative party nominee

New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative Party has confirmed Premier Blaine Higgs as its candidate in the Quispamsis riding.

The party held a nomination event Saturday morning in Quispamsis, N.B., about 20 kilometres from Saint John.

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The event comes amid widespread speculation that the premier may soon call a provincial election.

Higgs said earlier this week that he still hadn’t decided if he’ll hold three possible byelections by mid-October or send New Brunswickers to the polls in a general election.

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Provincial Health Minister Ted Flemming and MLA Gary Crossman were also confirmed today as the Progressive Conservative nominees in their respective ridings.

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The party’s executive director Andrea Johnson says two other nominees will be confirmed Saturday afternoon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2020.

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