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Making "Bipartisan" Social Welfare Policy: the New Brunswick Experience


  • Concordia University - Dept. of Political Science 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 Canada (map)

James Hughes is the President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, a leading private philanthropic organization in the mental health sector.

Previously, Mr. Hughes was New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development is responsible for a wide range of programs and services in the province including child protection, early childhood development, income assistance, disability support and senior care. Mr. Hughes played a central role in the development of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) through a widely acclaimed citizen engagement process (2008-2009).

Prior to joining the New Brunswick civil service, Mr. Hughes served as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM), Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless men and women. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B. Commerce), University of Cambridge (B.A. Law) and McGill University (B.C.L).

His recent publications are A Bipartisan Approach to Aboriginal Affairs (2013), Homelessness: Closing the Gap between Ability and Performance (2012) and Why We Can't Afford Poverty (2012). His first book, entitled Early Intervention: How Canada’s social programs can work better, save lives, and often save money, will be published by Lorimer Canada in the Spring of 2015.