Premier Blaine Higgs has called a provincial election, the first that will be held in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, for Sept. 14.
Higgs visited Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy at Government House in Fredericton on Monday afternoon and asked her to dissolve the legislature. She agreed.
The decision came three days after the Liberal opposition pulled out of four-party negotiations on a proposal from Higgs that would have allowed his government to stay in power until October 2022 or until the end of the pandemic.
The Liberals said that would hand too much power to Higgs and urged him not to go to the polls until the pandemic is over.
Little tidbit about the handwringing about waiting for the pandemic to end: In New Brunswick, it essentially has.