Mother of New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs marks century of life on New Year's Eve

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FREDERICTON — While most of us are looking forward to seeing an end to this pandemic-stricken year, the final day of 2020 is also one of celebration for the premier of New Brunswick — it's his mother's 100th birthday.

Blaine Higgs says his mother is excited about marking a century of life, and says she will have a small gathering of family at her home in Forest City, a small rural community on the New Brunswick-Maine border.

"I call mom and ask, 'how are you feeling?' She says, 'well I'm 100, how do you think?'" Higgs said, during a recent interview with The Canadian Press. "She kind of jokes around about it but in reality, she's excited about her birthday."

Bertha Murial Higgs grew up just a few kilometres from her current home. She was a school teacher; Higgs said up until Grade 6, his teachers were either his mother or his aunt.

"I used to say there are no benefits in having your parents or your aunt teach you," Higgs said. "If you had any problems at school, they were twice the problem when you got home."

Higgs said his mother remains very inquisitive and is always asking about what's happening in the province. She's able to stay in her home, Higgs added, because she is cared for by his brother Dennis.

"When I think of heroes in my family, he deserves that accolade because he's made a life for Mom that most seniors never get to enjoy," Higgs said.

The premier said his parents taught him that to have a successful career, he needed to work hard and avoid limiting his potential.

Higgs's daughter Lindsey posted a message recently on the premier's Facebook page, asking people to send comments, questions and congratulations regarding her 100-year-old grandmother.

"Whether you’re in N.B., across Canada or around the world, we know that Gram would be grateful that you thought of her — and so would we!" she wrote.

By midday Wednesday, the post had garnered more than 400 comments and nearly 1,000 likes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 30. 2020.

Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press