Green Party nominates first candidates at Summerside nomination meeting

SUMMERSIDE - Green Party members gathered at the Wilmot Community Centre on Saturday to nominate the Green Party of Prince Edward Island’s first candidates in anticipation of the next general election.

Candidates were nominated for districts 19 (Borden-Kinkora), 21 (Summerside-Wilmot), 22 (Summerside-South Drive) and 23 (Tyne Valley-Sherbrooke). The nominated candidates are:

Matthew MacFarlane for District 19 - A lawyer who resides in Augustine Cove and practices law through offices in Summerside, Charlottetown and Crapaud. The recipient of a kidney donation, MacFarlane has been an active volunteer with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, serving as president of both the PEI Chapter and Atlantic Canada Branch and as a Director on the National Board. He served as vice-chair of the PEI Labour Relations Board from 2010 to 2018 and volunteers with numerous local community organizations. Matt regularly donates his time by presenting to community groups on various legal issues and offering legal support.

MacFarlane has been serving as Justice Critic in the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet.

Lynne Lund for District 21 - Green Party deputy leader and Critic for Economic Development and Tourism in the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet. Born and raised in Summerside, Lund is the mother of two young children and a former small business owner. She was instrumental in the 2015 election that resulted in Peter Bevan-Baker’s breakthrough, and has worked closely with Bevan-Baker to grow the party since then. Lund has become a recognized and respected voice in the political dialogue of the province. She is re-offering in Summerside-Wilmot following a strong showing in the October 2016 by-election in the same district.

Steve Howard for District 22 - Founder of Renewable Lifestyles and the Solar Island Community Economic Development Business. Steve Howard has been the Island’s leader in solar energy installations since founding Renewable Lifestyles in 2005, and through his efforts has helped make PEI one of the per-capita leaders in installed solar power in Canada. A Summerside native, Howard lives in Summerside-South Drive with his wife and three children.

Howard has been serving as Critic for Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure in the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet.

Trish Altass for District 23 - Mother, sociologist and community-based researcher. Altass’s research has involved exploring lived experiences and collaborating with government departments, community organizations and vulnerable populations. Altass is currently a senior research associate at the Young Lives Research Laboratory housed at UPEI. As a contributor to the Digital Economy Research Team at UPEI, she has co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed publications that consider how education systems can best prepare youth for work and life in the knowledge-based creative economy. Altass, who has a background in front-line Child and Youth work, has volunteered in a number of anti-poverty organizations and is an active member of CUPE, having previously served as a union local president. Born in Eastern PEI, Trish lives with her partner and daughter in Slemon Park.

Altass has been serving as the Green Party’s Shadow Critic for Workforce & Advanced Learning.

 

Leader Bevan-Baker congratulated the newly nominated candidates, saying “I am very proud to stand with these four outstanding candidates. People have been telling me that with the right candidates, there is no district that Greens cannot win in the next election. The four people standing next to me here are passionate, knowledgeable, articulate, extremely likeable, and involved in their communities. They will give the voters in their districts a real alternative to the same old politics they’re used to.”

The next Green Party nomination meeting will take place in Charlottetown on June 28th at 6:30pm at Murphy’s Community Centre. There, candidates will be nominated for districts 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 12 & 13.