Outspoken doctor returns to New Brunswick Progressive Conservative caucus

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FREDERICTON - An outspoken former heart surgeon who was cast out from New Brunswick's Progressive Conservative caucus has been allowed to return.

Dr. Jim Parrott rejoined the caucus of the governing Tories today for the first time since being booted from caucus in September 2012 after accusing the government of not listening to doctors about health care issues.

Parrott, who is known for his trademark cowboy hat and boots, has been sitting as an Independent in the legislature for about the last 18 months.

Premier David Alward says Parrott has apologized but he doesn't expect Parrott to be any less outspoken in the future.

Alward says although it's fine to have differing opinions in caucus, in the end its members have to move forward as a team.

Parrott has been the member for Fundy-River Valley but because of electoral boundary changes, he will be seeking the nomination for the riding of Charlotte-the-Isles for the Sept. 22 provincial election.

Geographic location: FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Fundy-River Valley Charlotte

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