Shadow Cabinet

The Green Party of Alberta is proud to have our own Shadow Cabinet, tasked with responding to current events and the current government of Alberta to express how a Green Party Government would run.

The three main goals of our Shadow Cabinet are as follows.

  1. To develop greater capacity in the GPA to respond to issues and to promote better GPA policy development;
  2. To demonstrate greater depth and capacity of the party to outsiders;
  3. To raise the profile and credibility of the GPA generally and attract more people to it.

To contact any of the Cabinet members, you may email attention to their respective name.

Biographies and photos are a work in progress so check back often.

Taz Bouchier – Indigenous Affairs

Taz has lived in Edmonton for 53 years and describes herself as “an inspiring voice of change and strives towards a peaceful residency for all people.” She was born in High Prairie Alberta and has Nihiyaw, Lahkota, and Scottish ancestry. Taz Bouchier’s professional background includes justice, corrections, community development, Indigenous Consultation, and more recently political involvement and activism. She is a retired Social Worker, a Cultural educator, a writer, and strong voice for individuals who are impacted by the Assimilation Policy which resulted in the Genocide and oppression of Indigenous People of Canada.

As a Social Worker and an Institutional Elder Taz provided bi-cultural support training for the Solicitor General of Alberta, Victims of Crime Support Services, City of Edmonton, and has offered spiritual support to hundreds of inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre and within the Community of Edmonton, Alberta. Taz believes in a democratic society where all people of every race and every culture have equal opportunity to be represented within every level of government despite differences of cultural norms, languages and customs. She also supports the Sovereignty of the Original People of this land now known as Canada. To her it is imperative that Indigenous people have a seat in Legislature to provide an Indigenous world view that has not been accommodated to date. It is her belief that the time has come for Indigenous involvement and participation in any decisions that affect the land & water that is part of her Ancestry. She states, “It is not for me that I do what I do, but for the younger people who will benefit from the decisions I make. It truly is imperative that we as a people consider what we build and its impact environmentally on future generations.”

Taz$rsquo;s philosophy is that we must all be the spark that ignites the flame of love, peace and mutual respect towards the impact of colonial views on the Indigenous people of Canada. And we need to work together to maintain this beautiful province “Alberta for All”.

Food Security – John Daly

With his current business, Daly Harvest, John has developed 4-season off-grid greenhouse technology that has seen national media exposure. One of these greenhouses grows food exclusively for the Calgary Food Bank and other Non-Profit groups serving vulnerable communities. Another greenhouse was built for an elementary school in Calgary which currently facilitates new curriculum to be taught to students about the importance of local, organic food. Daly Harvest also spearheaded a 50 member CSA Urban Farm in Calgary in 2017 which is in operation today.

Building partnerships with the University of Calgary, SAIT, and various government groups, John has worked in many industries and understands the nature of moving projects forward and building relationships to get things done. Daly Harvest also seeks to disrupt residential architecture with its plans to build sovereign, off-grid, residential structures which heat/cool themselves, generate their own electricity, collect water/snow melt, treat their own waste, and even produce food all year round.

John is the GPA candidate for Calgary-Shaw

Infrastructure and Transit – Pat Cuthbert

Born in Grostenquin, France to a serving airman in the RCAF, Pat immigrated to Canada in 1956. Pat is married and has two grown children from his first marriage.

Currently employed as a driver in the transportation industry with Caron transport for 7 years, previously with Westcan bulk transport for 23 years. While with Westcan, Pat was involved in the development of the employment equity plan for them.  It was presented to Labour Canada, and accepted as written without the need for modification.  Pat offers his congratulations to that committee for their work in making this one of the first that the Federal government accepted “as is”.

Pat has always had a “social conscience”, but with the fiscal stand of the two “left leaning” parties in Canada, he was “forced” to support the party with the better fiscal policy.  Pat could not, in good, faith support the concept of “welfare by debt”.  Our society has sufficient resources that this should not be needed.

About 10 years ago, Pat discovered the policies of the Green Party, and fell in love with the complete package.  Pat has become a more active advocate for the party principles in the past 5 years. With the support of his wife, Pat is looking forward to contributing as much as possible to his cabinet position.

Agriculture – James Friesen

James brings a wide range of experiences to the table: from construction to agriculture and resource extraction. He has been involved in advisory activist levels with many environmental and ecological groups principally concerned with wildlife management and preservation of which Y 2 Y (Yellowstone to Yukon) is still his principal interest. James was involved in stopping the building of the Nuclear Power Plant at Peace River as well as being involved as a promoter and an activist in stopping the Site C Dam in British Columbia.

James was president of Farm Survival at the height of the farm crisis in the mid 1980’s. He has often spoken on the farm crisis and the demise of the small farm and the rise of the corporate agriculture in Alberta. Including speeches at the University of Alberta and the Conference for the Economy and the Environment.

James began his working life on a small farm in northern Saskatchewan. He spent late summers and early falls guiding in the Yukon Territory. At age 21 he moved into hard rock mining in northern Manitoba. James left hard rock mining to mine Potash in Sask. and then moved to Grande Cache Alberta to work in the underground coal mine and was shop-steward for United Steel Worker’s of America.

In the later part of the 1970’s until the late 1980’s he owned and operated a farm in central
Alberta later managing farms and returning to mining in the mid 1990’s after which he managed a small farm raising pigs, sheep, goats and chickens in the Grande Prairie area and also his own small business. James has a Green Certificate in Agriculture and Animal Nutrition/ Farm Management which he received from Lakeland College.

Before remarrying he was a single father of 5 sons. He is currently married to my wife of 25 + years. They have a combined family of 11 adult children of which there are 9 living. His family currently has 39 grandchildren and 10+ great grandchildren. James and family currently reside on a small acreage south of Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Climate Change – Sandy Aberdeen

Sandy has a background in manufacturing and continuous Improvement. Since finishing the Environmental Management Program at the U of C over twenty years ago his passion has become learning about and becoming active with environmental issues.

Climate Change as it relates to food security is one of his major interests. He and his son Brendon started one of Calgary’s first Urban Farms. He is a L.E.A.D. Fellow (Leadership for the Environment and Development). Sandy volunteers for Green Calgary and Citizen’s Climate Lobby and has been trained by former vice president Al Gore to present for the Climate Reality Project. Sandy has lived in Calgary for over thirty years. He and his wife have grown children and six grand children.

Sandy’s policy issues: Fee and dividend price on carbon. Moving Alberta towards a more diverse economy by removing the red tape to enable renewable energy and energy co-ops. Proportional Representation. Creating a sustainable local food-shed. Sandy ran in the Calgary MacKay Nose-Hill riding in 2015.

Sustainable Towns and Cities – Catriona Wright

Catriona is a married mother of two, a stay at home parent, the CEO of the Federal Calgary Rocky Ridge Electoral District Association, and an active community volunteer. She sells Norwex Enviro Products and is currently training to become a mediator. She is passionate about effective communication and bringing people together to solve problems.

Catriona was the Green Party of Canada’s candidate for Rockyridge in the 2015 federal election.

Environment and Ecosystem Health – Sheryl McCumsey

Sheryl worked as a medical technologist in microbiology at the U of A Hospital for many years specializing in anaerobic bacteriology for most of that time. Some interesting opportunities while working there included working on specimens from the Franklin expedition. In more recent years she enjoyed various fun jobs at Mountain Equipment Co-op, a year of journalism at Grant MacEwan University and now works as a Registered Massage Therapist.

As the co-ordinator for Pesticide Free Edmonton for the last 4 years she has investigated local issues while connecting with scientists around the world, gaining insight to ways that allow us to live in harmony with our planet.  This has resulted in contacts with media that includes TV, radio and newspaper.

As well as writing about concerns with pesticides she has done many presentations to the public from the grade 4 level to University and beyond.  She sneaks into classes here and there just to further her education.

Sheryl is also on the board for the local chapter of the Council of Canadians and works with other environmental and social justice organizations.

A general love of the outdoors has taken her up mountains, running long distance races and growing all kinds of things in the garden. A foodie at heart she also enjoys visiting farmers just to see how these very important folks provide us with the food we eat.

Youth – Leina Marie Andersen

My name is Leina Marie Andersen; I was born in the town of Wawa Ont., and lived there most of my life. My family owned a commercial fishing business on the shores of Lake Superior, and was involved with this business till 2006. I felt that there was more to my life, and for that to happen I needed to leave home. The jobs that I acquired afterward were that in the natural resources, (mine security, fishing, and construction of both living quarters and wood pallets for paper mill). I have since been in the retail arena, since my exclusion from the oil field (due to my gender expression) in 2012.

I am spiritual, but not religious. Family is important to me and I value the family of friends I have made here in Alberta. Community minded, yet value the importance of business. Growth within a town/city is needed, but not at the cost of the values that pulled those people together in the start. A community that doesn’t think together, will not last. I represent a very dynamic and ever evolving group of people, my interest is not in my own self gain, but to those that that need a voice. When I get called to help a fellow worker, my role as a shop steward is to stand up for those that cannot. Community events also need to be supported by both city, and provincial leaders. Without these events to pull a community together, there is always going to be a group of people that will get left behind. I’m 39 yrs old and I feel I can make a difference, or at the least make an influence in future policy changes.

I am very active in social media, which include Facebook, twitter, and instagram. I have a need to learn more of what those all can do. I do have 3 groups, The Western & Eastern S.A.G.A. Societies, a page to promote myself as a writer, and a personal wall. The saga society was formed as an initiative to branch this country tighter together, and provide help and resources to those that are gender non conformists get help from sea to sea to sea. Personally I’m a part of both an online chat support site, and a crisis phone line that is being set up in Canada.

I listen to both sides of an argument without forming an opinion at the onset. No theory is wrong, nobody is wrong. I agree we need to begin a shift to a greener environment, industry, and consumer products. That being said it’s not going to happen overnight. The grip we have on oil and other resources needs to be released slowly, and only when there is a confirmed sustainable alternative. It’s like quitting smoking; you need to replace one habit for another one that is healthier. Same with industry, those workers need to be shown a healthier sustainable option opposed to their current employment options.

 International Green Perspective – Mary Vicars


Water – Allison (Allie) Tulick

Health and Wellness – Janine St. Jean