Statesman Luncheon (Video)Event offered by:
Foreign Policy Association
Canadian Association of New York
- Wednesday, October 7, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The Harvard Club, Cambridge Room
35 West 44th Street
New York, NY
- Event type
- Lunch / Dinner
Event Transcripts and Video
The Honorable Brian Gallant - Guest of Honor
Premier of New Brunswick
Brian Gallant is New Brunswick’s 33rd Premier. At age 33, he is the youngest elected premier in Canada in the last two centuries.
Growing up, Gallant’s parents, Marilyn and Pierre, worked in grocery stores and fast food restaurants around New Brunswick to provide for their three children. Determined to pursue a postsecondary education, Gallant started and operated two small companies to pay for his university education. He attended the Université de Moncton where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and then a Bachelor of Laws degree. He also earned a Master of Laws degree from McGill University. Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.
Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on Oct. 27, 2012, at a leadership convention that saw a record number of convention voters cast a ballot. He was first elected to the province’s Legislative Assembly in a by-election for the riding of Kent in April 2013, and was sworn-in as Leader of the Official Opposition.
In the Sept. 2014 general election, Gallant offered and won the seat in his home riding, Shediac Bay-Dieppe. On Oct. 7 he was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs. Since then, his government has focused on its efforts to create jobs, improve finances and support families in the province. At meetings of Canada’s premiers in January, Premier Gallant was named by his peers as a co-lead for the Premiers’ Working Group on the Canadian Energy Strategy.