Julian H. Walker’s career spans 50 years as a reporter, editor, columnist, political aide, deputy minister, and university professor. He holds four university degrees in journalism, politics, and French Studies, including a master’s degree in politics with distinction from that hotbed of free expression, the London School of Economics.
Under his leadership as editor of the feisty Saint Croix Courier—publishing independently since 1865 in St. Stephen, NB—the newspaper did investigative journalism on corruption in construction of the province’s nuclear generating station. In the process, the newspaper’s small, hard-digging staff received honours as the best weekly in Atlantic Canada, and recognition for something unheard of, churning out stories among the top 10 pieces of investigative journalism in Canada for 1981.
In politics he was one of the staffers dubbed “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse '' in Frank McKenna’s 58–0 election win in 1987. As a deputy minister he helped bring environmental enforcement to a tough new level. Walker celebrates letting more fresh air into his native province and restoring a freer press in New Brunswick and in Canada as a whole.