Higgs' Leadership: High-ranking members of the PCNB line up behind their leader
Blaine Higgs addresses his supporters upon his election in September 2020.
Two senior members of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick say the party is united behind Blaine Higgs despite a regional vice-president's call for a leadership review process.
Progressive Conservative Caucus Chair and MP Greg Turner and Party Chairman Claude Williams line up behind Premier Blaine Higgs.
Greg Turner, Progressive Conservative MP for Moncton South, says caucus members are loyal to the Premier Blaine Higgs.
Greg Turner says a Conservative caucus meeting was held Monday night with all MPs.
This meeting took place in response to the letter sent by the regional vice-president of Westmorland Albert, Maurice Arsenault, which criticizes among others the dictatorial approach of Blaine Higgs and which calls for a revision of the leadership of the party.
“We wanted to make sure the caucus was fully engaged and it was very positive in support of the Prime Minister.
—Greg Turner, Progressive Conservative Caucus Chair and MP
According to him, none of the caucus members have any intention of asking for a leadership review process. We are actually very happy with the direction the party has taken.
Claude Williams is president of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
The president of the Progressive Conservative Party of the province, Claude Williams, believes that it is normal to hear criticism of the leader within a major political party.
< p class="e-p">I'm not going to judge Mr. Arseneault's words: he has the right to speak, he says.
Claude Williams clarified that a clear process is available to party members if they want a leadership review. On Tuesday afternoon, the president said he had not received any official letter from party members asking for this revision.
Claude Williams says that despite the call for the mobilization of Maurice Arsenault and the criticisms of the former minister Dominic Cardy towards the leader, the party is doing well in terms of finances and the adhesion of new members.
“The province-wide organization is still doing very well.
— Claude Williams, Chairman of the Progressive Conservative Party
To trigger the leadership review process, at least fifty party members – including at least 20 constituency presidents – must make the request.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no member or constituency president had yet officially made such a request.
With information from Nicolas Steinbach and Sarah Déry