Former Executive Director of NB Liberals joins Green Party staff

FREDERICTON – Green Party leader Elizabeth May today announced that Jack MacDougall, former director of the New Brunswick Liberal Party, has joined Green Party team as Maritimes Organizer.

“Mr. MacDougall has a tremendous wealth of organizational experience,” said Ms. May. “As a former organizer and Executive Director with the New Brunswick Liberals, his expertise will be instrumental to making gains for the Green Party in the Maritimes in the next election.”

Mr. MacDougall also built a small taxi company from a fleet of 18 vehicles to over 60 vehicles including a body shop and a service station. In 1982 he negotiated to purchase the former Imperial theatre in Saint John from a church group for $1 million with a one dollar down payment and within a year had raised over $1.2 million with the help of thousands of volunteers. It is considered one of the finest grass roots movements in the history of Saint John. Today the Imperial Theater, now a national historic site, is one of the finest performing arts centers in all of Canada having already entertained more than one million people. He was named as one of five outstanding young Canadians in 1984 for his contributions to small business, Big Brothers and the performing arts.

Mr. MacDougall was hired by the New Brunswick Liberal association in 1984 as an organizer and in 1987, with more than 100,000 members, the Liberal Party won all 58 provincial seats. Mr. MacDougall moved to Newfoundland to advise Liberal leader Clyde Wells and helped the Newfoundland Liberals sweep to power in 1988. He subsequently returned to the New Brunswick where he served on each of Premier Frank McKenna’s campaigns, including roles such as Senior Advisor in the Premier’s Office, Director of Government Members Services and Executive Director of the New Brunswick Liberal Association. He also came second in a three-person leadership race, losing to New Brunswick’s current premier, Shawn Graham.

In 2002, at the age of 49 he returned to university, graduating from the University of New Brunswick with a B.Ed. and hopes to return to teaching following the next federal election.

“It is on the very best of terms and with friendship that I am now separated from the Liberal Party,” said Mr. MacDougall. “I have the best of memories and have made life long friends. I spoke with Leopold Maillet, the current Executive Director and to Andy Scott, my Member of Parliament, explaining my reasons, which they fully understood, accepted and promised to pass along.

“I feel as eager and excited now as I did in the 80s when I first became involved in party politics. Working with the Green Party is a fresh new challenge. I believe people want to participate in finding the solutions for our society. Green is not a single issue but a way of thinking that impacts everything a government can do for people, including our health care system, education, fisheries, agriculture, transportation, our air, forests and infrastructure. I want to help in a way that I can and look forward to what the future brings for the Green Party.”