Mike Schreiner, GPO leader and Guelph MPP, made the following statement regarding the PC announcement cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts:
“Today’s announcement by the Ford government that they are cancelling renewable energy projects is bad for business.
Cancelling contracts puts a chill on any business wanting to invest and create jobs in Ontario.
During the election, Premier Ford promised to put up an open for business sign. Clearly the only sign out right now says – in big letters – that Ontario is closed for business when it comes to the $7 trillion clean tech economy.
Renewable energy is good for the climate and for our economy. In fact, 274,000 Canadians have clean tech jobs with an average salary of $92,000 per year. The PC government is killing these good jobs.
Premier Ford has already misled people on how his hydro actions will save money. He said that the severance of Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt would cost nothing. The next day we learned about his $400,000 retirement package and $9 million in stock options.
How much will cancelling these renewable energy contracts really cost the people of Ontario?
If the PC government was serious about saving people money, the Premier would save $1.1 billion a year by closing the Pickering nuclear station on time. Instead, the Premier is costing us billions by keeping it open past its best before date.
Premier Ford is choosing to side with the powerful nuclear lobby rather than fix what’s really wrong with our broken energy system.
Queen’s Park – Doug Ford and his PC caucus campaigned on saving money. But their first Throne Speech outlines a political agenda that will cost citizens big time.
“This plan announces that Ontario is closed for business for those companies wanting to create jobs in the clean economy – missing out on a $7 trillion dollar global economic market,” said GPO leader and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner.
The PC decision to pull Ontario out of cap-and-trade with no alternative plan has created uncertainty for businesses and risk for the people of Ontario, who could be on the hook for paying back the $2.8 billion in now worthless permits purchased by Ontario companies. It could cost even more in legal challenges.
“The PC plan will kill jobs and hurt clean economy businesses. It also takes money out of the pockets of people trying to save money by saving energy,” added Schreiner.
This is a plan that moves Ontario backwards. For example, it will cost $1.1 billion per year to keep the outdated overpriced Pickering nuclear station open past its best before date.
“I want to work with Premier Ford on building Ontario up, but is hard when he declares war on the modern world,” said Schreiner. “This applies to their non-existent plans to deal with the climate crisis, and the Premier’s plan to risk our children’s safety by going back to the 1998 sex education curriculum. We can’t let the Premier’s political agenda trump our children’s safety.”
The Green Party supports providing our children with the information and tools they need to be safe in the modern world. Cyber-bullying, sexting, consent, LGBTQ+ rights – these are all important parts of the updated curriculum that are critical to the health and well being of our children.
Schreiner and the Green Party will work to push the government to fulfill its commitment to increase support for mental health and addiction services, autism and long-term care beds, and will make every effort to work across party lines to improve important public services.
Mike Schreiner, GPO leader and MPP for Guelph, made the following statement in response to the government’s announcement to replace the modern Ontario Human Development and Sexual Health curriculum with the 1998 curriculum:
“Premier Ford seems to be declaring war on the modern world.
The PC decision to revert to the 1998 sex ed curriculum is a mistake that puts our children at risk. The old curriculum was developed before social media, text messages and smartphones. It is silent on consent, gender diversity and navigating the online world.
Learning about consent, especially within the context of social media and the online world, is more important than ever before. Our kids won’t be safe if they aren’t informed about the realities of the world we live in.
One of the criticisms the PCs are levelling at the current curriculum is that it was developed without adequate consultation. New consultations are promised ‘swiftly’, which begs the question of how adequate new consultations will be.
Literally thousands of Ontarians were consulted. It would appear that the Ford faithful were just unhappy with the results. Every child deserves to be protected in a world where sexting and cyberbullying are a reality.
Any parent can choose to have their child excused from the teachings of the up to date curriculum if they desire. But the government should not deny parents and students the choice of learning the new curriculum.
I fully support the new Ontario Human Development and Sexual Health curriculum. I will work hard to make sure our children have the information and tools they need to be safe in the modern world.”
Green Party of Ontario candidate Tim Grant has delivered over 1000 postcards to Premier Kathleen Wynne this morning, demanding that her government come clean on ways to properly fund transit in Toronto.
Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner will speak to attendees of the College Student Alliance’s rally at Queen’s Park today, focusing on the idea that the Liberal government is letting students across the province down.
Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner supports efforts to keep cannabis retailers away from schools. But he is calling on the Liberals to stop the government-monopolization of marijuana, which will do nothing to stop the underground market for cannabis.
The Liberals sent letters today to all Ontario municipalities saying the government-owned LCBO will try to reduce the number of existing dispensaries as it helps identify which towns and cities will get government-run cannabis stores.
“The Liberals’ approach seems to ramp up criminalization of pot outside the government monopoly, which undermines the reasons for legalizing it in the first place.” said Schreiner.
“There is a better way – highly regulated and licensed local businesses to allow local farmers, small businesses and Indigenous groups to participate in the market, creating local jobs and contributing tax dollars to local communities across the province.”
The Liberals current plan to open only 40 stores next year with a maximum of 150 across the province will not be enough to meet demand or combat the underground market.
“The government’s plan is likely to result in unsafe, unregulated cannabis to still be available on the underground market,” warned Schreiner.
The GPO is calling for a system that:
1. Regulates and licenses small businesses and dispensaries to sell cannabis in a safe and controlled way;
2. Ensures tax revenues from cannabis sales are used to fund education, mental health and addiction programs;
3. Creates more local jobs and prosperity by supporting small businesses, local farmers, and indigenous communities.
“In the next few decades, I think we’re going to change from the large facility, nuclear-based grid, to a much more distributed energy system in which homeowners and businesses all over the province are going to make their own electricity and use it locally.” - Shane Mulligan, Local Initiative for Future Energy (LIFE) Co-opOne can only hope. In this episode of Real People, Real Solutions, Mike Schreiner talks to Shane Mulligan, General Manager of Life Co-op, a renewable energy co-operative in Kitchener, ON that seeks out new opportunities for community-owned renewable energy.