A Saturday afternoon rally welcomed the recently-acclaimed leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party in his hometown of Miramichi.Kevin Vickers said his direction for the province focuses on five points: economy and population growth, fiscal responsibility, education, healthcare and the environment.It was his first official public address since being acclaimed party leader last month; a conference in Fredericton was cancelled in late April due to flooding.Vickers says climate change is a “global crisis” that is the “greatest threat to humanity,” saying future generations rely on change now.
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Despite a lack of history as a politician himself, Vickers is known as a hero for his role in the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill, as he helped take down the gunman.Following his role as Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Commons, he went on to become Canada’s ambassador to Ireland.Vickers was acclaimed the leader of the provincial Liberals in April, as the only other candidate announced he was no longer in the mix. Following the rally, Vickers told reporters the biggest challenge for the province is immigration.“I mentioned one per cent, which would be 7,500 new immigrants each year, but realistically, we probably need many more than that,” Vickers said.
Moncton South MLA Cathy Rogers, meanwhile, says she’s confident in the party’s leader, despite his lack of political experience.“What New Brunswickers want is authenticity — New Brunswickers want real,” Rogers said in an interview with Global News.“New Brunswickers want someone who is going to unite us, help restore hope, and connect with the people.”
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