What People Powered Change Looks Like

It’s hard to believe that our leader Mike Schreiner was elected to Queen’s Park a year ago this month.

So much as happened since then, both within Ontario and without.

Our Green movement is making inroads from coast to coast. EKOS has even placed our federal cousins in third place(!)

Because of you {Greeting}, we’re having an impact at Queen’s Park. Since last June:

  • We successfully convinced the government to change Bill 66 by removing Schedule 10. Keeping it would have opened up the Greenbelt to development;
  • Our first piece of Green legislation, Bill 71, has support from all parties and has passed second reading. If it becomes law, it will protect the drinking water of more than 200,000 people in the Guelph region;
  • We released a climate plan (www.gpo.ca/climate) weeks before Doug Ford did;
  • Ontario ran the risk of having unenforceable animal cruelty laws in April. Thanks to public pressure, we’re able convince the government to ensure that this didn’t happen;
  • We blew the whistle on the broken campaign promise to keep the Basic Income pilot;
  • We exposed the return of big money to Ontario politics.

This is what People Powered Change looks like.

Even under Doug Ford, victories are possible with grassroots pressure.

These victories are important. But they are not enough.

Ontario desperately needs more Greens at Queen’s Park. With your financial support, we’ll continue to build this movement.

You are such an important part of the GPO’s success! Thank you for standing with us.

How People Powered Change Worked

Dear friend,

Celebrating election night with volunteers and supporters in Guelph.We did it!

2018 will go down in history as the year the green wave came to Ontario.

That’s because of you.

Words cannot possibly describe how grateful I am to have you alongside me. Your support has resulted in electing Ontario’s first Green MPP.

I’m writing to give you an update since the June election and on how you can help keep the momentum going with your year-end financial gift.

Looking Back

Reflecting on our historic spring campaign, often times I felt like we were the little party that could.
The status quo parties had their giant tour buses. We had our community car share.

They held their events at expensive venues, surrounded by paid volunteers. We held ours in public spaces surrounded by people who care.

They could afford round-the-clock TV and radio ads. We had hundreds of volunteers phone and foot canvassing.

They had their high priced pundits and strategists. We had people power.

We elected Ontario’s first Green MPP with people powered change.

It was a community effort. A collective effort. It was an effort we all should take pride in accomplishing.
Everywhere I go in Ontario and even at Queen’s Park, I’ve had other MPPs from other parties come up to me and say, “Mike, you and Guelph were the bright light on a dark night.”

Those comments are a testimony to your efforts.

Because of you, we proved the pundits wrong. We showed them that you can be honest with the people of Ontario. Honest about what you will do instead of focusing on the fear of what your opponent might do.

We proved that you can run a campaign based on honesty and integrity.

We ran a campaign on bold ideas and honest conversations.

We showed Ontarians how you can create jobs that put people and planet first.

Your support helped put us over the top in Guelph. And now, your year-end donation will help us prepare for the next leg of our journey.

Where we are

Typical day at the Guelph campaign office.

With all the craziness and chaos that has taken place this summer and past few months, June 7th feels like it was a year or two ago. It’s hard to believe it’s just a few months.

We have a Premier who places ideology and personal vendettas ahead of evidence and good public policy. He’s essentially declared war on the modern world.

He’s trampling on local democracy and climate actions. He’s putting forward a sex ed curriculum that takes us back to the last century. He’s ripping up renewable energy contracts. He’s cancelling the basic income guarantee pilot project.

I’ve never seen a Premier behave the way he does on the floor of the Legislature. When you disrespect the Legislature and our democratic traditions, you disrespect the people of Ontario.

People deserve better.

We need a Premier that’s focused on creating jobs that put people and planet first. We recently had the largest one-month loss of jobs in this province in a decade.

This, after a summer of ripping up Green energy contracts. Cancelling programs. Putting clauses in legislation basically saying that the signature of the provincial government on pieces of paper is worthless.

It is little wonder that we’re seeing job losses. When you have the Business Council of Canada and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce writing letters to a Conservative Premier, saying you are destroying the economy and the reputation of this province, we need to stand up and say no.

We have a hallway medicine crisis. We have a mental health crisis. We have a housing affordability crisis.

We have people living on the streets and in poverty. We have an addictions crisis with the opioid crisis.

And the Premier, instead of talking about the critical issues that the people of Ontario are facing right now, instead engaged in a petty political battle about the number of city councillors in the City of Toronto.

My top priority is being the best MPP for the people of Guelph. However, it is also being a voice for the 265,000 people across this province who voted for the Green Party and who want to see our values, our vision and our policies implemented at Queen’s Park.

I will work for you. I will fight for you. And I am here, most of all, to serve you.

Looking Ahead

Standing alongside fellow candidates at our campaign launch.I’m so proud of our team and I’m so proud of our candidates. I’m proud of how hard everyone worked. We ran a full slate of candidates with gender parity.

When I go to Queen’s Park and I talk to MPPs from other parties they pull me aside and quietly say, “Mike. So and so ran against me. That Green candidate was really smart. Where do you find these really good candidates?!”

You know, it’s easy when you ask people to run for what they believe in.

Being elected as a Green is not choosing the easy road. I can guarantee you that. But it’s choosing the right road and that’s what we’re doing at Queen’s Park.

This election is the beginning. Not the end. I need friends at Queen’s Park. I need Green MPPs at Queen’s Park.

So, what do we need to do? What do we need to do today, tomorrow and over the next four years?
This is my challenge to the members and supporters of our party: We need to organize, organize and organize.

We need to engage and empower and mobilize members of our communities.

We need to build our teams in all 124 ridings. We must be ready for the next by-election, and ready for 2022.

If we organize, organize, organize, we will elect more Greens and form Ontario’s first Green caucus after the next election.

Your year-end financial gift will help us continue the hard work that is before us.

People Powered Change worked in Guelph.

It’s going to work in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

It’s going to work in Dufferin-Caledon.

It’s going to work in Toronto. London. Kiiwetinoog. Kitchener-Waterloo. Thunder Bay. Ottawa.

It’s going to work in communities all across this province. In the by-elections we will have in the next few years. And in 2022.

I want to build on the momentum of our election campaign. With your continued financial support we will elect more Greens to Queen’s Park.

Thank you so much, friend, for your support. Your passion. Your energy. And your hope.
Mike Schreiner
Mike Schreiner
Green Party of Ontario

My Vision

Mike with Green MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, Adam Olsen.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.

You have the opportunity to make a crucial strategic impact today. By making a financial gift, we can keep our momentum going.

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.

Could you join me in supporting the Green movement with a year-end donation?

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.

Mike Schreiner
Mike Schreiner
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.