*** The names of the contestants are in alphabetical order
Ann McAllister lives in Rothesay. She is a teacher and musician who recently retired from a rewarding
career teaching English as a second language to adult immigrants at the Saint John YMCA. She has also
mentored international high school students at Rothesay High School and taught piano. Currently, she is
organist and choir director at Silver Falls United Church in East Saint John.
Over the years, deep concern for environmental degradation and our unsustainable economy has
impelled Ann to volunteer with several local organizations. With ACAP Saint John she educated
elementary students about toxic household cleaning products and safe alternatives. At the Saint John
YMCA, she started the office paper recycling program. As a member of Hampton Water First, she helped
raise funds so that a legal challenge against shale gas development could be launched if necessary. To
oppose Energy East, she submitted a Letter of Comment to the National Energy Board objecting to a
pipeline that would have carried toxic bitumen destined primarily for export while increasing tar sands
emissions and putting New Brunswick waterways and the Bay of Fundy at risk of spills. With the Council
of Canadians, she participated in initiatives opposing glyphosate spraying by J. D. Irving and NB Power.
Last spring, she submitted comments and questions to a local proponent expressing concern that
building a large commercial development in a government-regulated wetland beside Ashburn Road
would increase the risk of flooding in flood-prone parts of Rothesay Avenue and Glen Falls.
When the Graham government proposed selling NB Power to Hydro Quebec, Ann joined the NB Green
Party, the sole party with workable plans for keeping NB Power while transitioning to renewable energy.
Since then she has run as Green Party candidate for East Saint John in 2010 and Rothesay in 2014.
Ann is seeking nomination as the Green Party candidate for Rothesay in 2018 because only the NB
Green Party offers policies to transform New Brunswick’s present economy, based on rampant resource
exploitation yielding relatively few jobs, to an economy built on local enterprises using local resources to
supply local needs. Only the Green Party has concrete plans to marshal the expertise and generate the
funds to grow renewable power, energy conservation, local production of foods and goods, low carbon
transportation and the technology to support these changes, changes that will build a sustainable, self-
sufficient New Brunswick resilient in the face of climate change where all its people, Indigenous and
non-Indigenous, can prosper.