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Gallant says no to byelection in advance of general election in September

Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s premier won’t call a by-election in a northern riding, saying it doesn’t make sense with a general election scheduled for September.

Brian Gallant says a byelection in Campbellton-Dalhousie would cost over $150,000.

The seat has been vacant since Dec. 1, when former MLA Donald Arseneault left to take a job with a union association in Ottawa.

Gallant says two MLAs from neighbouring ridings will spend one day per week in Campbellton-Dalhousie to make sure that any concerns from residents are heard.

He said his Liberal party will also open an office there, and the government caucus will hold a retreat in the riding.

Gallant said the chief electoral officer will be directed to issue a writ of election on August 23 for all ridings for a general election in September 24.

He said while there can be circumstances, such as a non-confidence vote, that could force an earlier election, he has no plans to take New Brunswickers to the polls early.