Blaine Higgs shuffles New Brunswick cabinet amid retreat from health-care cuts

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has added two new members to his cabinet.

The appointments were announced Friday as the province’s Tory government deals with the fallout from its aborted plan to close six emergency rooms overnight.

Bruce Fitch was appointed as the province’s new tourism, heritage and culture minister, and Glen Savoie will serve as the minister responsible for la Francophonie.

Both positions were held by former deputy premier Robert Gauvin, who resigned last week in protest over the planned closures.

Gauvin, who is now sitting as an Independent, has said he plans to vote against the upcoming provincial budget, which could bring down Higgs’ minority government.

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