On May 9th, the British Columbia Greens made history. Three Green Party candidates were elected to the Legislature, holding the balance of power in a minority government.
I can tell you – it was a nail biter.
I was in B.C., waiting anxiously for the election results with passionate, caring Greens from across Canada. It was a crowning moment to an intense week.
I knocked on doors. Installed lawn signs. Waved signs before the crack of dawn. I did whatever I could to help. It was a privilege to volunteer my time alongside thousands of other Greens. In the end, we were all part of history.
Back home, our provincial election is around the corner. I want every Green in Ontario to share the same historic experience that I had in British Columbia.
There are many ways to be part of our movement. Right now, the number one way you can support our efforts is by chipping into our final end of year campaign before the election
We are already making a difference. We’re champions on pricing carbon pollution. We were key in ensuring big money is finally out of politics. We hold the Wynne Liberals to account on water. We support small businesses and local sustainable economies.
People trust our work on issues such as nuclear, fracking, water, and climate change. I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me, “You Greens have the best vision, the best values, the best policies.”
Now is the time to give Ontarians the opportunity to vote for the real change they want.
We have made strides in getting our party election-ready. Since January 1st, our membership is up by 49% and our contact list by 38%. The media is paying attention more than ever. And we are halfway towards recruiting an amazing team of candidates.
With only five months remaining before the election, your support is imperative.
Our goal is to elect our first Green MPPs to Queen’s Park, following the footsteps of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia.
There are so many pressing issues in Ontario. Advocating for better education. Protecting the gains we’ve made with renewable energy. Pushing for improved transit. Ensuring every community has safe drinking water.
Imagine the impact Green MPPs will make, introducing legislation such as:
- Ban on fracking
- Mandating every new housing development include 20% affordable units
- Opposing the extension of Pickering Nuclear plant, already the oldest nuclear plant in North America and past it’s best before date
- Supporting regulated and licensed small businesses to sell cannabis in a safe and controlled way
Former Liberal MPP John Gerretsen has said, “I firmly believe that the Green Party has an awful lot to offer in Ontario as well, and they probably should have two or three members in our legislature.”
We are ready to provide the leadership your community needs at Queen’s Park. But we need your help.
Together, we can make progress on the issues we care about. Your support helps us make the change Ontario wants and needs.
Thank you so much for your support.
Green Party of Ontario
P.S. Greens in British Columbia woke up on May 10th to headlines such as, “Greens double popular vote and triple seat count,” “Greens make historic breakthrough,” and “Greens hold balance of power in stunning B.C. election.”
My desire is for Greens in Ontario to see these headlines when we wake up on June 8th. Please join me in this historic opportunity with your end-of-year contribution today.