On October 13, 2007, Roger Duguay was chosen as leader of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party. While currently the NDP has no seats in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, Duguay is contributing to political discussion and advancing the New Democratic point of view. He aims to position the Party as an effective voice for New Brunswickers, and make the NDP a legitimate option in the next provincial election. Duguay was the Party’s most successful candidate in the provincial election held on September 18, 2006: he won 26.1 per cent of the vote in the riding of Miramichi Bay-Neguac.
Duguay comes from Maltempec on the Acadian Peninsula. After completing a Master’s in Theology, he served as a priest in the Diocese of Bathurst for 10 years. He has also worked for the Pêcheries St-Paul in Bas-Caraquet. Currently, he supply teaches in School District 5. He also has a long history of volunteering and community service, including work with the Red Cross, a New Brunswick Parents Committee and the Common Front for Social Justice. He has also been involved in community development in Haiti.