“Since becoming the premier of New Brunswick, I have developed a strong working relationship with Stephen McNeil. We have had the opportunity to collaborate on a number of files that have impacted both of our provinces, including the COVID-19 pandemic,” Higgs said.

“During his 17 years as the MLA for Annapolis, and the past seven years as premier, he has demonstrated admirable leadership, particularly during difficult times such as following the tragic shooting that took place in Nova Scotia in April.”

Higgs said he’ll continue to work closely with McNeil in the months ahead until he officially steps away from public office.

With files from The Canadian Press.