Ann McAllister

Ann is running for the Green Party because she believes that only the Green Party has concrete plans to build a sustainable, self-sufficient, resilient New Brunswick where everyone can thrive.

After moving back to Rothesay in 2003, Ann combined an enriching career teaching English as a Second Language, piano, and directing a church music program with community service and environmental advocacy. These activities led to involvement with the NB Green Party and her decision to run provincially in 2014 and 2018, and federally in 2019, where she increased the Green popular vote from 3 to 10%. As we learn to live with COVID-19, opportunities abound for increasing human well-being.

To overcome Rothesay’s lack of affordable housing, a percentage of affordable, fully-accessible units could be mandated for every build. An electrified public transportation system scaled to residents and town needs would improve accessibility.

To address weaknesses in care, nursing home, home care and senior care workers should work full-time for a living wage. Mental health services must be increased and made more accessible, especially to youth, the marginalized, and those struggling with domestic violence.

For municipalities, alternate sources of funding would relieve pressure to grow the property tax base and sharing some services regionally could improve efficiency and lower costs. Municipalities would also benefit from a government that collaborates on infrastructure projects, instead of arbitrarily changing or limiting them.

How could we pay for this? We could close tax loopholes and tax havens so that the wealthiest paid their fair share. We could produce more of what we eat and use. For example, regulations could encourage local organic farmers and local food processing.

Government could mandate hospitals, schools, and other public institutions to buy locally first, thus supporting NB producers, keeping money circulating here, and generating taxes.

Finally, switching to renewable electricity generation with vigorous energy efficiency would be an economic and environmental game-changer. Retrofitting buildings and homes would provide jobs province-wide rather than, for example, a few highly-technical nuclear jobs in the south for which most New Brunswickers wouldn’t be qualified. Wind, solar, geothermal, and waste heat capture are readily-available, cheaper, and faster to install than the proposed modular nuclear reactors which are still only designs and won’t produce power for 10 to 15 years, too late for climate change.

Finally, renewable sources don’t produce long-lived, disease-causing radioactive wastes that would burden our descendants with storage costs and health risks for thousands of years.

Ann is running for the Green Party because she believes that only the Green Party has concrete plans to build a sustainable, self-sufficient, resilient New Brunswick where everyone can thrive.

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