Lisa Harris has been the elected MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac since the 2014 provincial election.
On June 7, 2016, she was sworn in as Minister responsible for Seniors and Long-Term Care as well as the Minister responsible for Celtic Affairs.
Ms. Harris has been on many boards and committees through out her years in politics and even before.
According to the Legislative Assembly of NB website Ms. Harris is “passionately involved in provincial politics” and has been for years.
Before her years involved with poltics she was the former owner and operator of Grand Ole Bakery.
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As of June 16, 2017 Lisa was uncontested and is the offical Liberal candidate for the riding of Miramichi Bay-Neguac for the next election.
If reelected in 2018 Provincial Election it would be a second term as MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac for Lisa Harris.
I asked her what she was looking forward to the most about the 2018 election if she does get reelected, her response was
“What I’m looking forward to most is to continue to do the work one has the opportunity to do which is to serve New Brunswicker’s, and to continue on moving New Brunswick forward!”
Let’s talk about her riding – one of the major ridings in the Miramichi area.
Lisa’s riding covers a major portion of the city and some could argue it is one of the larger ridings in size!
When you think about a MLA and their riding, you think about someone from the area. Someone who has lived with the people of the riding and experienced the same hardships.
However, the one thing you may not know about Lisa Harris is she actually does not live in the riding of Miramichi Bay-Neguac!
Sense elected and even before Lisa Harris has never held a address in that riding.
Well she actually residents in her Liberal constituent MLA Bill Fraser’s riding.
You may be wondering how someone can be a MLA for a area they don’t actually live in.
For example, the Liberal Party has their own election where members of the party vote for who they want to be a candidate for their riding.
According to the Liberal Association of New Brunswick: Rules for Nominating Convention under Section 3
3.3 Voting at Nominating Conventions shall be open only to those persons who have been registered members of the New Brunswick Liberal Association for at least five (5) days prior to the day of the convention and who reside within the boundaries of the relevant provincial riding. For better clarity, these five (5) days are to be counted not including the day of the Nominating Convention.
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According to the Liberal Party rules, nowhere does it state that there is a rule stopping someone from applying for candidacy in a riding that they do not reside in.
I spoke to Duncan Gallant from the New Brunswick Liberal Association for clarification whom said
“There is no specific wording in the rules regarding candidates living or not living in the riding but our practice has been to allow people to apply to be a candidate without living in the riding, so long are they are approved by the Green Light committee.”
Once election time comes and your handed the ballot we automatically may assume the person we are casting a ballot for is someone whom actually lives in our own riding.
With Lisa Harris that is not technically the case. However, I reached out to Lisa to ask her input on what she would say to the people that try to discredit her for not actually residing within the riding (Miramichi Bay-Neguac) as she is the current & plans to be the future MLA of, her response was
“I would say that the boundaries changed just before I ran. Also, I am certainly a very good representative for the area. I live in the city, I represent a piece of the city, I’m a Miramichier, and I care about every part of New Brunswick but certainly I represent the people of Miramichi Bay-Neguac!
I don’t think a five minute drive to actually physically be in the boundaries matters because of the riding change.”