New Issue of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick

Exploring the province’s on-going social and economic balancing act as well as the impact the organized labour movement has had on public policy are the varied and timely subjects of the new issue of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies, a bilingual online journal of multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed research.

Dr. Tony Tremblay, editor of the journal, is professor of English Language and Literature and Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick Studies at St. Thomas University. He believes the journal reflects the need for careful research into the pressing issues of the day.

“Historian David Frank provides a brief history of the labour movement in the province and its importance in the lives of New Brunswickers. In complementary reflections, Donald Savoie and Thomas Bateman reveal the extent of the fiscal crisis at our doorstep, and David Dussault and René Blais consider the forestry industry in the province against both public and corporate interests.”

“Along with an article on one of our province’s first female lawyers, the issue certainly lives up to its mandate of providing New Brunswickers with thoughtful and timely research about the province,” said Tremblay.

“The days of sitting on the sidelines in New Brunswick are over and the Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick provides a way for New Brunswickers to inform themselves,” he added.

Invited Essays:

  • David Frank, Organized Labour and the Making of Public Policy in Twentieth-Century New Brunswick – “The long view of New Brunswick history over the past century shows us glimpses of a vigorous tradition of social reform, much of it driven by the activism of organized labour.”
  • Tony Tremblay, Public Policy and the Moment of Crisis in New Brunswick: An Interview with Donald Savoie – “Université de Moncton professor Donald Savoie has been a voice for fiscal responsibility, and he has made a career of thinking outside the confines of our much-cherished programs of distributive federalism – programs that have favoured central Canada at the expense of the regions.”
  • Podcast: Nicole Lang, Elizabeth Mancke, and Ruth Sandwell Discuss Béatrice Craig's Backwoods Consumers and Homespun Capitalists: The Rise of a Market Culture in Eastern Canada – “One of the ways forward is to look in the rear-view mirror, searching for our provincial success stories and learning how those successes were cultivated and nurtured in our province.”


  • Thomas M.J. Bateman, Stuck…in This Place: Shrinking Policy Space in New Brunswick – “After New Brunswick’s 2010 provincial election, a new policy environment took shape, characterized by an awareness of, among other things, ballooning public debt, economic dysfunction, soaring health costs, and demographic decline.”
  • David Dussault, René Blais, Analyse d’un changement de régime forestier : le cas du Nouveau-Brunswick des années 1980 – “In this study of the New Brunswick forestry policy system, a system that has been in place for over twenty-five years, the authors examine the government’s rationale for development.”
  • Barry Cahill, ‘Everybody Called Her Frank’: The Odyssey of an Early Woman Lawyer in New Brunswick – “In February 1934 Frances Fish was called to the bar of New Brunswick and spent the next forty years practising law in her home town of Newcastle (now the City of Miramichi) NB. In 1918 she had been both the first woman to graduate LLB from Dalhousie University and the first woman to be called to the bar of Nova Scotia.”

The JNBS/RÉNB publishes articles and essays in both traditional and emerging disciplinary approaches. It grows out of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded New Brunswick and Atlantic Studies Research and Development Centre.

The issue can be found at