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A QuickSketch profile of New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant

09/21/2014 01:23 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:03 EDT
A sketch of Brian Gallant, leader of the Liberal party of New Brunswick:

Age: 32.

Early years: Gallant's parents moved around the province throughout his childhood seeking work. At one point, he and his family moved in with his grandparents. He was an avid tennis player, winning provincial championships alongside his brother Pierre. He practised corporate, commercial and immigration law before entering politics.

Education: Has a bachelor of business administration and a bachelor of law from the University of Moncton, and a master of law from McGill University.

Political career: First ran for the provincial Liberals in 2006, losing to then-premier Bernard Lord in the riding of Moncton-East. Became leader of the Liberals in October 2012 and was elected to the legislature after winning a byelection in Kent in April 2013.

Family: Parents Marilyn Scholten and Pierre Gallant. Single.

Quote: "We understand that we have to stimulate the economy in the short term. We have to create jobs and that is the best way to increase revenue so we can balance our books." — Gallant speaking at the final debate of the election campaign on his promise to spend money on infrastructure.