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The Green Party has tremendous potential to change the conversation in New Brunswick, and then change the path we take into the future
All over the province there are people taking actions on their own to try to reshape the future. They are building local food systems and local economies, adopting renewable energy and designing net zero energy buildings, managing woodlots and farms sustainably, greening urban life, and taking charge of the direction of their communities. I want to position the Green Party to champion this emerging sustainability revolution, both outside the Legislature as part of the growing movement for sustainability, and inside the Legislature through our first elected MLAs.
I have travelled to every corner of New Brunswick. I have worked with citizens, educators and community groups; fishermen, farmers and woodlot owners; labour unions, public servants and scientists; and with First Nations, public servants and journalists. The people I have worked with know that I am devoted to our province and to advancing the common good.
I want to help build a New Brunswick where our children will want to stay and build their lives, and where young people from elsewhere will be attracted to settle. New Brunswick can become the epicentre of the sustainability revolution in Canada. It is just bubbling under the surface now. Together we can build it into a force that will capture both hearts and minds, providing a sense of hope in the face of what can sometimes seem like overwhelming challenges.
I have spent the past 34 years working full-time in the environmental movement, nearly 28 of them at CCNB, first as Policy Director and most recently Executive Director. During my studies toward a Bachelor of Science in biology at McGill, I came to understand that science by itself, while essential, would not influence public policy in ways that would bring our society into harmony with nature. This led to a career in the environmental movement and years of effort to push governments to engage with their citizens when developing public policy or legislation. I have developed long-term programming for CCNB on forest conservation, climate action, sustainable agriculture, local food and connecting children with nature.
I have worked with commercial fishermen's organizations to develop and advocate for community-based fisheries management. I have been a relentless advocate for community-based forest management, working with woodlot owners, wood cutters and local communities such as McAdam. I have also worked with farmers to develop a collaborative effort among farmers to carry out on-farm research to reduce their dependence on pesticides.
In my early years at the Conservation Council, I worked with families across the province who had been victimized by contaminated drinking water and successfully campaigned for a Clean Water Act to protect drinking water supplies from contamination. More recently, Inka Milewski and I exposed the widespread contamination of Belledune by heavy metals, forcing a clean-up, health study and screening of children for blood lead levels.
As a strong proponent of reducing our ecological footprint I played a role in convincing the New Brunswick government to establish Efficiency New Brunswick and create a legal requirement for NB Power to supply a growing percentage of electricity from renewable sources.
Over the years I have helped create new organizations where there was a need. These included Harvest Share Co-op, Canada's very first Community Supported Agriculture initiative, and the New Brunswick Community Land Trust to provide landowners with a mechanism to maintain sustainable land management practices when the land is transferred or sold.
I joined the Green Party of Canada when Elizabeth May entered the federal leadership race. In 2009 I was elected to the Green Party's Federal Council as a member-at-large and served on its management committee until 2011. That year I was elected as the New Brunswick representative to Federal Council.
I am active in the United Church of Canada, where I served as Chair of the Official Board for the Oak Bay Pastoral Charge. I am currrently studying to be licensed as a lay worship leader.
I live in Fredericton with my wife Janice Harvey and our two daughters, Caroline, 18 and Laura 15.