Liberal leader to run in home riding, as election speculation grows

The leader of New Brunswick’s Liberal party announced Wednesday her plans to run in her home riding — if Premier Blaine Higgs calls an early election.

Susan Holt, who currently serves as MLA for Bathurst East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore, told a crowd of supporters in a live stream posted to Facebook that she would run as the MLA for her home riding of Fredericton-South Silverwood.

“I have so much heart and family and connection to this riding where I grew up,” she said.

“I would love the opportunity to serve the people of Fredericton-South Silverwood as their next MLA and possibly as the premier.”

Holt said, if elected, the Liberals would bring down the cost of living and help New Brunswickers who are “tired of political games” secure access to child care, health care, long-term care and affordable housing.

“It’s never been more clear that New Brunswick needs new leadership,” she said.

“New Brunswickers deserve leadership that will respect them and care for them.”

Holt’s announcement follows speculation from political watchers that Premier Blaine Higgs might call an early election after a letter sent to him in August by six MLAs within his progressive conservative government.