Understanding Robichaud

I think one of our problems in New Brunswick is that we don’t study our own history. I am guilty as charged. I have read a few books about its economic history and a few books on its founding history (two recent books on Acadie and the expulsion) but very few of a broader nature.

For example, when Louis Robichaud was doing his thing – that eventually led to him being considered the greatest Premier in New Brunswick history – I was in diapers. And that was in the latter portion of his tenure.

I do occassionally get to chat with folks that are familiar with that period in our history and I am regaled with stories of Louis bringing in the top Medicare guy from Saskatchewan to get it rolled out here and his sending Norbert Theriault to take on the Irvings and other such snippets.

But at the same time, Robichaud was unceremoniously dumped after 10 years.

Everyone invokes his name these days but I am not sure how many of us actually know the record.

The time might be right for someone to revisit Robichaud’s effort and help us better understand its applicability (if any) to today.

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0 Responses to Understanding Robichaud

  1. nbt says:

    Good point. I think I can say the same for Hatfield who continued the legacy of Robichaud (a tolerant, inclusive and statist government). The reason I mention this is because of your point that the Lord government chose to ignore the accomplishments of McKenna once in power. Maybe history indicates that this is a bad move for NB premiers? Although, I don’t know my civic history enough to answer that question.

  2. Anonymous says:

    the accomplishments of McKenna??????????????

    Finally someone to inform us,ok———–Number one ?

  3. mikel says:

    Thought I’d plug my other blog then, http://historicalnb.blogspot.com Its just getting restarted (only two posts so far but another one this week and then weekly after that) and I’ve got too much to post here on Robichaud but there are lots upcoming on that era. Suffice to say though that economic development was not Robichaud’s strong suit. Although that can be said about virtually every Premier.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As Premier, he introduced updated, trend-setting laws and fought against inequality and. intolerance. Confronting entrenched interests —-\
    WHO AM I?

    Anyone of several liberal premiers who used the same mantra ,year after year after year,and nothing changed,but that got nothing to do with it.It was bought from the Moonies