Situated merely a kilometer north of Hartland in Carleton County, the Hugh John Flemming Bridge stands as a monument to its eponym, Hugh John Flemming (1899-1982).
Hugh John Flemming, who was born in Peel in 1899, was a lumberman-turned-politician, eventually ascending to the position of Premier of New Brunswick. His political journey commenced in 1921 when he was elected as a municipal councilor for Carleton. His political influence grew, and by 1944, he became a Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly for Carleton. Elected as the Conservative leader in 1951, he steered his party to a win in 1952, putting an end to 17 years of Liberal dominance. Throughout his time as premier from 1952 to 1960, he also fulfilled the roles of minister of public works and minister of municipal affairs. One of his notable achievements was the modernization of New Brunswick’s hydroelectric system through the establishment of the Beechwood complex. However, his government eventually fell over issues related to hospital taxes.
In 1960, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker appointed Flemming as the federal minister of forestry, representing Royal. Two years later, in 1962, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Victoria-Carleton and served as the minister of national revenue. Flemming’s political career extended until 1972 as an MP and included a stint on the Atlantic Development Board.
The Hugh John Flemming Bridge allows the Route 130 crossing the Saint John River. It thus replaces the World’s Longest Covered Bridge , which is still open to local traffic.
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