James E. Lockyer

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James E. Lockyer
MLA for Moncton West
In office
Preceded byMabel DeWare
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
MLA for Moncton South
In office
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byJoan MacAlpine-Stiles
Personal details
Born (1949-05-27) May 27, 1949 (age 69)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Children2 children: Sarah, Patrick
ParentsOwen William Lockyer &
Rowena North
ResidenceMoncton, New Brunswick
OccupationLawyer, Politician, Law Professor

James Edward Lockyer, O.N.B., C.D., Q.C. (born May 27, 1949 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian lawyer, law professor, and former politician.

Life and career[edit]

James E. Lockyer graduated with a BA degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick then earned his LLB at the University of New Brunswick. He went on to London, England to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, obtaining his LLM degree in 1976. Fluent in the French language, he obtained a DEA from the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1979.

After being admitted to the Barrister's Society of New Brunswick in September 1975, Lockyer practiced law with the Moncton law firm of Stewart & Cooper. In November 1977 he became the first full-time person hired by the Université de Moncton for its new Faculté de droit which was established to teach common law in French. Lockyer taught at the law school until June 1987. During this time he was named vice-dean and acting dean in 1983 and was Dean of the Faculté de droit from 1984 to 1987. After his career in provincial elected office (1987-1999) he returned to the law school in 2000 where he has taught full-time. His area of expertise is Civil Procedure, the Law of Sales and both Appellate and Trial Advocacy.

Lockyer taught trial advocacy, for many years, to lawyers at Osgoode Hall Law School's annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop and currently teaches members of the Quebec Bar in its program "Techniques de plaidoirie" at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is a visiting teacher of trial advocacy to students at the University of Notre Dame Law school in South Bend Indiana. From 2008 to 2016 he conducted biannual Intensive Trial Advocacy Programs for Atlantic Canadian lawyers at the Université de Moncton. He is a past president of the Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition involving all Canadian law schools and has been a member of the organizing committee since 2001. He has authored the annual case file problem for the Sopinka Cup Competition since 2007. In June 2008, Lockyer was named a recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers "Award of Merit" for his contribution to the teaching of trial advocacy.

For 16 years (1983-1999) Lockyer held public office. He was elected to Moncton City Council in 1983 and re-elected in 1986. In the 1987 New Brunswick general election, Lockyer was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as the Liberal Party's candidate for the riding of Moncton West. He was re-elected in 1991 and 1995 New Brunswick general elections. Following his party taking power, on October 27, 1987 Lockyer was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice, posts he would hold twice. In addition, he served as the Minister of Supply and Services and Minister of Education. For three months in 1998 he was the acting Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. His last Cabinet post was Solicitor General in 1998-1999. In the 1999 New Brunswick general election James Lockyer lost by 1,253 votes to the Progressive Conservative Party's candidate. During his time as a member of the Legislative Assembly, Lockyer was Chairman of The Select Committee on Maritime Economic Union which reported its recommendations to the Legislative Assembly in 1992 as well as a member of the Law Amendments Committee and other standing committees.

Lockyer is a former president of the Law Society of New Brunswick. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987. Between 2003 and 2005, he was a member on the Federal Government's Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC). He is a former member of the New Brunswick Securities Commission. He served twenty-three years in the Canadian Forces Reserve and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp. He is currently the Honorary Colonel of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's).

Active in community affairs, Lockyer is a former vice-president of the Murial MacQueen Fregusson Foundation and was actively involved in its fight against domestic and family violence. He served for many years as vice-president of the Dr. George L. Dumont Hospital's Tree of Hope Cancer fundraising campaign. He is a former Board Chair of the Greater Moncton YMCA. He was Chair of the organizing committee of the 2009 World Curling Championships. He was named recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor's Dialogue Award by Dialogue NB in June 2009. Recently Lockyer co-chaired the YWCA "Transitionelle" Campaign raising funds for the establishment of the Jean Irving Centre for Women and Children in Moncton. He is a past Chair of the 3Plus Economic Development Corporation for the Greater Moncton area (Dieppe-Moncton-Riverview). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Moncton Romeo LeBlanc International Airport. He remains involved with various community organizations. On November 27, 2018 he was invested into the Order of New Brunswick.

An instrument-rated private pilot with single and multi-engine ratings, he is the President of the local branch of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association's (COPA), and a former Vice Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Moncton Flight College. He is a former member of the Board of Directors with Hope Air, a national charity that arranges free non-emergency medical flights for low-income Canadians who must travel far from home to access healthcare. He remains a volunteer pilot with Hope Air. Mr. Lockyer is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia International Air Show Association. He is currently vice-president of the Halifax Harbour Airport Assiciation and he is Vice-president of the Moncton Aero Club Inc.

Election results[edit]

1999 Election[edit]

1999 New Brunswick election: Moncton South
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Joan MacAlpine 3898 53.91 +36.27 $19,681
     Liberal Jim Lockyer 2645 36.58 -25.25 $17,326
     NDP Teresa Sullivan 687 9.50 +1.26 $2,650
Total Valid Votes/Expense Limit 7230 100.00 $24,708
Total Rejected Ballots 22 0.20
Turnout 7252 67.53 +4.81
Electors on List 10,739
    Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +30.76

1995 Election[edit]

New Brunswick general election, 1995: Moncton South
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Lockyer 4,332 61.83 +14.12 $16,265
Progressive Conservative Bob MacKenzie Leighton 1,236 17.64 -2.24 $8,835
Confederation of Regions Don Freeman 861 12.29 -10.38 $854
New Democratic Blair McInnis 577 8.24 -1.49 $5,017
Total valid votes/Expense limit 7,006 100.0     $24,966
Total rejected ballots 26 0.23
Turnout 7,032 62.72 -12.89
Eligible voters 11,212
Liberal hold Swing +9.58

1991 Election[edit]

New Brunswick general election, 1991: Moncton West
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Lockyer 3,558 47.71 -16.53 $16,802
Confederation of Regions Ben Stymiest 1,691 22.67 $6,235
Progressive Conservative Arthur Hayden 1,483 19.88 -5.48 $3,059
New Democratic Stephanie Day Domingue 726 9.73 -0.67
Total valid votes/Expense limit 7,458 100.0     $20,070
Total rejected ballots 40 0.41
Turnout 7,498 76.40 -0.36
Eligible voters 9,814
Liberal hold Swing -6.92

1987 Election[edit]

1987 New Brunswick election: Moncton West
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     Liberal Jim Lockyer 4853 64.24 +26.85 $14,787
     Progressive Conservative Mabel DeWare 1916 25.36 -29.48 $13,295
     NDP David Lang 786 10.40 +2.63 $1,808
Total Valid Votes/Expense Limit 7555 100.00 $16,476
Total Rejected Ballots 47 0.47
Turnout 7602 76.76 -2.13
Electors on List 9904
    Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +28.17


  • University of New Brunswick law alumni
  • James Edward Lockyer profile at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada
  • "Elections NB — Publications". Archived from the original on 15 October 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
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