CORNWALL - At an online nomination meeting Monday evening broadcast from Cornwall, Green Party of PEI members officially nominated Todd MacLean as their candidate for the upcoming by-election in District 16 Cornwall-Meadowbank.
MacLean ran uncontested for nomination, however as per Green Party of PEI nomination rules, members had the option of voting for “none of the above”. All of the ballots cast electronically by meeting participants endorsed MacLean to be the Green candidate for District 16.
About Todd MacLean
Todd MacLean’s career and community work has been steadily gearing him toward a life in politics for the past 20 years.
Growing up in Meadowbank, MacLean spent much of his childhood exploring the forests, fields and streams around his home, and helping out on his family’s mini farm. Graduating from Bluefield High School as valedictorian in 1996, MacLean then went on to graduate from UPEI as valedictorian with Honours in English in 2001.
Gravitating toward music teaching/performance for his professional career to date, MacLean is a musician, music teacher, freelance journalist and published writer. He was a weekly columnist with The Guardian for 12 years, was an environmental columnist on CBC Radio, served as a weekly entertainment commentator on CBC TV in 2010, and was awarded 2015 Music PEI Media Person of the Year. Playing saxophone/piano/guitar, MacLean is a highly sought-after accompanist, and was voted Music PEI’s Music Educator of the Year in 2010 and Musician of the Year in 2011. And as a writer, MacLean has worked particularly as creator/Editor-in-Chief on the book called Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet – an anthology of leading global thinkers on humanity's future on Earth.
Local community support and involvement has been a key focus for MacLean – coordinating fundraiser events for local organizations, being a small business owner with his wife, Savannah Belsher-MacLean, and, in 2021, being an online talk show host, raising funds for local charities. In these ways and more, connecting with Islanders has long been a priority for MacLean, and he is now ready to bring his experience to help to serve our Island and its people through work as an MLA.
"As the Green Party District 16 candidate, as well as if elected as MLA to represent Cornwall-Meadowbank, I will work hard, day in and day out, to make sure that every constituent voice is heard and acted upon,” said MacLean. “What will be most important to me is what is most important to my constituents, and to Islanders as a whole. My work in this regard will hinge upon two methods: 1) Listening, to make sure that those whom I am representing will know that they are truly being heard – and to learn, as I will have a great deal of learning to do; and 2) Acting upon what needs to be done with patient persistence.
“To be able to work hard to help meet the needs of the community of my roots, Cornwall-Meadowbank, would be a position that I would embrace in supreme dedication and honour."
Peter Bevan-Baker looks forward to campaigning with MacLean
“Todd is so many things - he is a leader, he is a visionary, he is an explorer, he’s a community organizer… and it seems like everything he touches, he does brilliantly. He is a real renaissance person, and you know what, I can’t wait to campaign with him, and to welcome him into the Official Opposition Caucus” said Green Party of PEI leader Peter Bevan-Baker.
Following MacLean’s acceptance of the nomination, more than $5000 in donation pledges were received from those in attendance online in support of the District 16 by-election campaign.
About the upcoming by-election
District 16’s seat in the Legislature has been vacant since August 18th, 2021, with the resignation of former MLA Heath MacDonald in order to run as the federal Liberal candidate for Malpeque. According to the Election Act, the Premier must request the issuance of a by-election writ within 6 months of the vacancy occurring, or no later than February 18, 2022.
As of right now, the Premier has not yet fixed the date for the by-election, however he has said publicly that he hopes to be able to hold it this autumn, in time for the new MLA to be able to take their seat for at least part of the Fall Sitting of the Legislature.