Green Party of PEI announces two Shadow Cabinet critics

SUMMERSIDE:  The Green Party of PEI is pleased to announce the appointment of two shadow cabinet critics.

Sally Bernard, a well-known grain and chicken farmer from Freetown, has been named as the Party’s Critic for Agriculture. Lynne Lund, who also serves as deputy leader and was the Green Party’s candidate in October’s Summerside-Wilmot by-election, has been named as the Green Party’s Economic Development and Tourism Critic.

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Bernard grew up on a mixed family farm in New Brunswick before going on to study Plant Science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She now owns and operates Barnyard Organics Ltd., an grain and chicken operation that emphasizes soil health as the foundation for healthy agriculture, along with her husband Mark. An active member of her community with a deep appreciation for the role that all farmers play in their communities, Bernard has served as President of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network and as a member of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable. She is a frequent presenter at agricultural workshops and conferences, and writes for a variety of regional publications.

“It’s an honour to welcome an accomplished farmer like Sally to our Shadow Cabinet,” says Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Green Party of PEI. “She brings a keen understanding of the complex issues facing farmers, and shares the Green Party’s vision of a diverse, vibrant, thriving agriculture sector for PEI.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with and within a party whose core values so closely reflect my own,” says Bernard. “The Green Party shares my vision of revitalizing rural communities, with a diverse array of creative, sustainable farms growing more of what we need here. Prince Edward Island has a rich farming heritage, and my husband and I are proud to be raising our family in that tradition.“

Lynne_2015_portrait_high-res.pngLynne Lund, the newly named Critic for Economic Development and Tourism, comes from a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners from the Summerside area going back generations. Lund picked up the entrepreneurial torch when, as a new mother, she and her husband identified the need for a cloth diaper service and started one themselves, which they operated for 5 years until 2015. Lund sees tremendous economic potential for Prince Edward Island in emerging sectors such as renewable energy and localized food systems, and plays an active role in their promotion through her participation in the Solar Island Community Economic Development Business and groups including the Kensington North Watershed Group and the Environmental Health Co-op. Lund has played a key role in the development of the Green Party’s economic development vision and policies.

“Lynne understands a diverse economy is inherently more stable. Her background in small business and her depth of knowledge in Green policy makes her a natural fit in this portfolio.” says Bevan-Baker.

“A diverse economy where small businesses thrive is the key to sustained economic success,” says Lund. “PEI is famous for our agriculture, fishing industries and for being a glorious summer destination. The Green vision for PEI’s economic development builds upon our traditional strengths while looking to the future. We want to revitalize rural PEI ”

Bevan-Baker says that he intends to name a full complement of Shadow Cabinet critics in the year to come. “As the Green Party assumes a larger role in the political life of the Island, Islanders deserve an opportunity to hear our perspectives on the full range of issues facing the province. I am very excited by the calibre of subject matter experts and practitioners stepping forward and offering to help both share and develop our vision of Prince Edward Island’s vast potential.”