Hugh John Flemming was a lumberman, politician, Premier of NB and was born in Peel in 1899. Elected in 1921 as a municipal councillor for Carleton, Flemming became Conservative Member of Legislative Assembly for Carleton in 1944. In 1951 he was selected Conservative leader; he led the party to victory in 1952, ending 17 years of Liberal government. He served as premier 1952-60 and also as minister of public works and minister of municipal affairs, modernizing NB’s hydroelectric system through construction of the Beechwood complex. His government was defeated over hospital taxes. Named federal minister of forestry in 1960 by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, he sat for Royal. In 1962 he was elected Member of Parliament for Victoria-Carleton and appointed minister of national revenue. He continued as MP until 1972 and served 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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