Mike Schreiner – Election Day Schedule

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Thursday, June 7

  • 7:45-8:45am: Sign-waving at Wellington and Gordon, Guelph
  • 9:00-9:15am: Voting at Guelph City Hall, Guelph
  • 10:00-4:00pm: Meeting with volunteers and calling voters, Guelph campaign office
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Sign-waving at Stone and Gordon, Guelph
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Sign-waving at Clair and Gordon, Guelph
  • 6:00-6:30pm: Meeting voters at Guelph Central Station, 79 Carden Street
  • 7:30-11:30pm: Green Party Election Night party, Holiday Inn, 601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph
  • 9:30pm-11:30pm: Available for media interviews, Holiday Inn in Guelph

Tomorrow could be an historic day for Ontario

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GUELPH, ON — The Green Party is on the verge of making history as voters respond to the party’s message of people powered change. For the last two weeks, polls have consistently shown Schreiner in the lead in a tight Guelph race.

“Instead of negative campaigning, I’m fighting for honest solutions on housing, mental health, and transit. We’re offering bold ideas for leaping into the clean economy now. Voters are resonating with our message that politics can be done differently,” said Green Party leader, Mike Schreiner.

The Green Party has a gender balanced and full slate of candidates, has raised more money than ever before, and has reached record membership levels across Ontario.

The Guelph campaign has brought in 535 volunteers and counting. Nearly every door of the approximate 41,000 households in Guelph has been knocked on, half of which have been knocked on twice.

“I am proud of the growing team around me. We have been working day and night to earn the trust of voters and show them what honest politics looks like. We are so close to making history,” said Schreiner.

People of all political stripes have rallied to support Schreiner’s bid. The Toronto Star editorial board issued the following endorsement on May 21:

“It would not be an unwelcome development at all if the electors of Guelph were to decide on June 7 to make a little Ontario history.”

Conservative Toronto Sun columnist, Lorrie Goldstein, in a June 4 piece, said: “He’d be an asset in the Ontario legislature, where straight talk on issues like carbon pricing is desperately needed.”

Former Liberal Deputy Premier, George Smitherman, said on Twitter on June 4: “Guelph, please consider helping all Ontario in our transition with this sane leader.”

Elected Greens in New Brunswick, PEI and BC are renewing people’s faith in democracy and showing that even a few MPPs can be a political game-changer. Schreiner is encouraging people to vote for what they believe in and pledging to be a constructive voice at Queen’s Park.

“It’s time we started voting for something instead of against something. I’m ready to take a seat at the legislature and work across party lines to build our province up rather than tear others down,” said Schreiner.

The people of Guelph have the right to make their own decision

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GUELPH, ON — Today’s statement from the local NDP candidate is not an honest assessment of the campaign in Guelph. The NDP is clearly struggling to understand the math, which is showing that Mike Schreiner is the frontrunner for Guelph. Voting Green is a vote to stop Doug Ford.

Schreiner had the following to say:

“These late-game scare tactics are politics as usual – stoking fear to harvest votes. I think we can do better. The people of Guelph have the right to vote for whoever they believe will serve them best.

No one owns their vote. No one deserves their vote. Every candidate has to work hard to earn voters’ trust and respect in order to earn their vote.

The NDP statement also misses the mark. Independent polls have consistently shown me in the lead. A Green vote is not a wasted vote. It is a historic vote.

A Green or NDP vote in Guelph will stop Doug Ford. A Green vote might also prevent a PC or NDP majority. Voters across Ontario will make that decision.

If elected to be your MPP, I will be a champion for Guelph, continuing the work I’ve already started as a local food, water and small business advocate.

Scare tactics by the status quo only make voters more disillusioned. I will work hard at Queen’s Park to do politics differently, to represent the people of Guelph first, and to work across party lines to build Ontario up.”

Schreiner receives endorsements from Guelph leaders

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GUELPH, ON — Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner has received endorsements from a range of leaders in Guelph who are putting their backing behind him as the right candidate for the community.

“I’m honored that people from all political backgrounds are rallying behind this campaign. It’s been building every day and we can feel the momentum. The feeling of disaffection with the status quo parties is clear and I am proud the Green Party is offering a hopeful vision that appeals to everyone,” said Mike Schreiner.

See endorsements below:

Guelph needs Green leadership

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GUELPH, ON — On World Environment Day, we need a green leader now more than ever. One of the few things Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath share in common is a massive blindspot on climate change. It’s one of the main reasons why we need Green MPPs at Queen’s Park.

“Of the two parties fighting for power, one denies that climate change is even a problem, and the other ignores the crisis facing us. Instead of putting forward solutions, both Horwath and Ford are trying to outduel each other to lower gas prices, which does nothing but raise greenhouse emissions. We need real climate solutions that put people first,” said Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

“On June 8 we will wake up to a Premier for whom climate change is an afterthought. Without strong voices to hold either leader accountable, we will go backward on the biggest crisis of our generation,” he added.

Schreiner was praised in yesterday’s Toronto Sun editorial by Lorrie Goldstein as a real “asset in the legislature, where straight talk on issues like carbon pricing is desperately needed.”

Guelph is Ontario’s green capital, renowned for its community energy plan, water conservation and waste reduction efforts. This kind of vision deserves to be reinforced by an MPP with the same values, an MPP who has dedicated his career to protecting Guelph’s water and who has a real and honest plan for reducing pollution.

In the Sun piece, Goldstein said the Green plan was “head and shoulders above anything the other leaders are advocating.”

But instead of leaping into the future, both the NDP and the PCs are desperately holding onto the old economy.

“Remember it was the NDP who in 2012 wanted to cut the HST from fossil fuels. It was the NDP who in 2014 opposed Wynne’s efforts to raise revenue for public transit, which would have reduced pollution from the biggest GHG emitting sector. And their 2018 platform is mum on emissions and renewable energy targets,” said Schreiner.

If Ontario wants to move the needle on climate, we need Green MPPs applying pressure in Queen’s Park since we know there will be a leadership vacuum at the top.

“I’m asking Guelph voters to think seven generations ahead. We’re on the verge of making history. Ontario is watching and Canada will be watching. Electing a Green MPP can send a message that a new way of doing politics is possible,” said Schreiner.

Letter from Mike Schreiner to the people of Guelph

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Dear Neighbour;

As you plant your garden this week, go to work and spend time with your family, I know you will be thinking about how you will vote on Thursday. It’s a big decision.

So many people are telling me how frustrated they are with status quo politics, full of negative campaigning where the other parties spend more time tearing each other down than building Ontario up. I share your frustration.

Politics should be about putting people first, ahead of party and ideology.

I hope I’ve earned your respect by keeping our campaign positive and your trust by being honest about what we need to do and how we will pay for it.

If you elect me, I will be Guelph’s champion at Queen’s Park, continuing the work I’ve already started: fighting to protect our water, improve health care, build better transit and help our local businesses thrive.

It would be an honour to be a strong voice for you in the legislature, just as elected Greens across Canada are standing up and speaking out for their communities.

There is something special happening in Guelph. Our community is on the verge of making history.

I will not wake up as Premier on Friday, but we’re writing a different story here. Sending a new party to Queen’s Park signals real change. It tells Ontario and Canada that a new way of doing politics is possible. Guelph can lead that change.

I know you’re disillusioned by politics as usual at Queen’s Park. I will work hard to change that. As your MPP, I promise to work across party lines, represent you first and hold the government to account. I have a proven track record to do this for you.

I truly believe that the only wasted vote is one you don’t believe in.

In Guelph, a Green vote will have the same effect in stopping Doug Ford as an NDP or Liberal vote will. So, you don’t have to vote out of fear. You can be proud of your vote.

I sincerely hope that I’ve earned your trust and your vote on June 7. It would be an honour to serve you.

 

Mike Schreiner
Leader, Green Party of Ontario and your candidate for Guelph

Mike Schreiner Itinerary – June 5

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Tuesday, June 5

  • 5:45-8:30am: Interviews on Toronto radio (680 News, CBC’s Metro Morning, 640 Global News)
  • 9-10am: Media availability in Toronto
  • 12-4pm : Talking with voters in Guelph
  • 4-8pm: Door-knocking in Guelph

Schreiner: Ontario’s mental health crisis cannot be ignored

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GUELPH, ON — Today, Mike Schreiner announced plans to make mental health a pillar of Ontario’s healthcare system with an historic $4.1 billion investment, more than any other party this election.

“Over the last four decades, there have been 17 government reports on how to address mental health and addictions, and yet successive NDP, Conservative and Liberal governments have failed to follow through. The time to act is now,” said the Green Party leader.

Guelph has seen a 50% increase in the number of emergency room admissions for mental health and addictions issues. A 2016 study showed that 95% of patients in mental distress who were admitted to Guelph General Hospital’s emergency room on a Saturday were still there on the Monday. Across Ontario, 12,000 children are on a mental health waiting list.

“Mental health is health and it should be treated as such. Our $4.1 billion dollar pledge is a down payment on making mental health covered under OHIP+,” said Schreiner.

Greens are also calling for the creation of Mental Health and Addictions Ontario, an umbrella organization to streamline the provision of services, and they want to see more people accessing services at the primary care level rather than waiting in hospitals in crisis.

“As Guelph’s MPP, I will be a champion for community based mental health services. People must receive the care they need in an affordable, accessible and timely way,” said Schreiner.

And the Greens don’t look at mental health in isolation. Greens also promise to introduce a basic income guarantee and additional funding for supportive housing for people in need.

“We need to ensure that no one falls through the cracks. We cannot ignore the social determinants of health and the role they play in our poverty and mental health crises,” he added.

Schreiner hosts ‘Ask Mike Anything’ town hall in Guelph

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Last night, Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario leader, took questions from citizens on the issues that matter most to Guelph – from jobs and transit to housing and health care. Highlights below: