Early years: Has lived in Nackawic, N.B., and Niagara Falls, Ont. Served as a church pastor for eight years before working in public relations. Helped develop schools and orphanages in Haiti.
Education: Attended a theology seminary in Maine.
Political career: Co-founded the People's Alliance of New Brunswick in 2010. Currently the deputy mayor for the village of Minto, N.B.
Family: Married with one child.
Quote: "The people of this province are fed up with the political system," Austin speaking after registering the People's Alliance as a political party in June 2010. "They don't see any options in the other parties.''