Matt MacFarlane- Critic for Justice
Matt MacFarlane lives in Augustine Cove and practices law through offices in Summerside and Charlottetown. For almost 15 years he has maintained a general law practice, serving clients throughout the province. After obtaining his law degree in 2000 and prior to returning to PEI with his wife Johanna, Matt worked in Ottawa as a Legislative Assistant in the Senate of Canada and as a Market Research Officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Matt has volunteered with the Kidney Foundation of Canada since 2004, serving as President of both the PEI Chapter and the Atlantic Canada Branch and sitting on the National Board of Directors. He is vice-chair of the PEI Labour Relations Board 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. Having received a kidney and the gift of life from his sister in 2001, Matt advocates for organ donation at every opportunity and reminds us to talk to our families about our organ donation wishes.
"As a lawyer in private practice for almost fifteen years, I have seen where our justice system succeeds and where it fails. Gaps in the area of justice can have devastating consequences on people’s lives. I believe we can strengthen our system of justice to make it more accessible and better representative of the people who need it. My vision is a justice system in Prince Edward Island that is more proactive than reactive, with the resources, flexibility and inclusiveness to best address the needs of all Islanders – regardless of background, income level, age, gender or ethnicity."