Hundreds of people came out to support GPO Leader and entrepreneur Mike Schreiner’s official launch of his campaign to be Guelph’s voice at Queen’s Park.
“I want to change politics so that it puts people first, ahead of lobbyist and political insiders,” said Schreiner. “My commitment to Guelph and the province is to bring a new voice to the Ontario legislature, one that will stand up for honesty, integrity, and decisions that work for people.”
BC MLA Adam Olsen told the crowd how only three Green MLAs have changed BC politics forever. Prominent Guelph Liberal Carolyn Weatherson told the crowd why she felt Guelph and Ontario needed Mike’s voice at Queen’s Park.
“People desperately want politicians who they can trust, who are driven by honesty and integrity. That’s what Mike and the Ontario Greens offer. That is why the Greens now hold the balance of responsibility in BC,” said Adam Olsen. “I came out to Ontario for Mike’s nomination because he is a refreshing change from business-as-usual politicians. He will be a hard-working MPP for Guelph, I look forward to watching his campaign from Victoria, and helping in whatever way I can.”
Schreiner received nearly 20% of the vote in the last provincial election. He is poised to become Ontario’s first Green MPP by defeating long-time Liberal MPP Liz Sandals, a veteran member of the scandal-plagued McGuinty-Wynne governments.
“People tell me that they want change. The only way to get real change is to vote for a new voice, a new party–the Green Party,” said Schreiner. “The change starts by pushing the Liberal government to stop issuing water taking permits that threaten our drinking water.”
Mike Schreiner was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario on November 14, 2009. Mike is a leading advocate for independent businesses, local food and sustainable communities. This will be his second time running in Guelph.
Born in Victoria, Adam was raised on Tsartlip First Nation in Brentwood Bay, BC. He was recently elected as BC Green MLA in Saanich North and the Islands.
See photos from the event below.