Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
MLA, Fredericton West-Hanwell
Dominic Cardy was first elected to the 59th Legislative Assembly on September 24th, 2018, as the MLA for Fredericton West-Hanwell. Upon forming government, he was appointed as the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. He was re-elected as the MLA for Fredericton West-Hanwell on September 14th, 2020 and continues to serve as the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Dominic served as the Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition Blaine Higgs.
Dominic Cardy grew up near Fredericton on the Hanwell road. The pastimes of his youth included fishing nearby streams and rivers, reading from a range of topics and authors and contributing bass guitar and vocals in a variety of bands during high school.
Dominic enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Fredericton High School radio station and UNB's CHSR which led to on-air shifts at CKDU radio at Dalhousie University where he earned his political science degree.
His reading material continues to encompass fiction and non-fiction with a tendency toward politics and political theory. He cites authors ranging from George Orwell through Neville Schute to Hunter S. Thompson.
Dominic has travelled around the world and points to Cambodia as a fascinating country that he would like to explore in more detail. His travels left him with a passion for Thai food, but he also admits to an affinity for ribs.
It was while Dominic was living in the U.K. that his adult pastime, the love of flying, almost cost him his life. A plane crash left him with a broken back and internal injuries. Initially it was thought his recovery would take many months, but he left the hospital after two weeks.
Dominic currently owns two ultralight aircraft which he flies out of the Woodstock airport.
When asked to name a public figure or two who he admires, Dominic Cardy cites former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and current French President Emmanuel Macron.
Through his involvement in global democratic efforts Dominic has met former U.S. President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter, as well as former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Khmer Rouge strongman Khieu Samphan.
Dominic lives in Fredericton where he is the pet of two rescue cats from Nepal named Banana and Puffin. Banana is the sole survivor of a Burmese python attack on a litter of kittens.
Dominic is a Rotarian and has served on the board of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre as well as Saint James Presbytery.