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John Willis Betts
MLA, Moncton-Crescent

John Willis Betts was born on Feb. 17, 1949, in Moncton. He graduated from Moncton High School and was a founding member of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. After graduating from Teachers’ College in 1969 and receiving the Birks Medal for leadership, he attended Gordon College (Boston) with a hockey scholarship, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has Bachelor of Education and Masters in Education Administration degrees from the Université de Moncton.

During his 28 years as a teacher, he was also the music co-ordinator for 22 years in District 2. He was also the music director for Sunny Brae and Highfield Baptist churches. Prior to 1999, he had been a Moncton councillor (13 years).

He was first elected in 1999 as a Progressive Conservative MLA for Moncton Crescent, and he also served as caucus chair. He was a member of the standing committee on public accounts, the select committee on education and the select committee on local governance and regional collaboration.

Re-elected in 2003, he was appointed deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. He chaired the standing and the select committees on education and was a member of the select committee on public automobile insurance. He was vice-chair of the standing committees on private bills and law amendments, and he sat on the standing committees on privileges, public accounts, legislative administration and Crown corporations.

After his victory in the 2006 election, he became the offical Opposition critic for local government. He chairs the standing committee on public accounts, and he is a member of the standing committee on private bills. He is the official Opposition critic for areas of interest related to Efficiency NB and the Department of Environment.

Betts and his wife, Dr. Rolene Betts, have three children: Jason, Jessica (husband, Jonathan Cook), Jared, and two grandchildren, Leah and Isaiah.

Last updated : 5/13/2010