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Big Green milestones for Mike Schreiner in 2019

Mike has held the Ford government accountable, while achieving hard-earned victories and collaborative solutions through the kind of respectful behaviour our democracy needs.

Here is a recap of Mike’s 2019 milestones at Queen’s Park:

 

In January, Mike led the charge inside the legislature to defend the Greenbelt against Bill 66. Bolstered by NGOs and mayors, the Conservatives caved on their plan to open the Greenbelt.

In February, Mike introduced his first private member’s bill, the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, to protect Guelph’s drinking water supply, gaining support from all parties at second reading. 

In March, Mike sounded the alarm about the loss of enforcement of animal cruelty laws, leading the government to put in place temporary protections until long-term plan was developed. 

In April, after the Premier held multiple $1600-per-plate dinners with wealthy lobbyists, Mike introduced a bill to protect our democracy by limiting fundraisers to $100 per ticket.

In May, Mike launched a campaign to protect endangered species from Bill 108, culminating in a joint press conference with the NDP and Liberals demanding the Premier halt his plan to pave over critical habitat.  

In June, Mike’s advocacy for tree planting was credited by Forest Ontario as being key in the federal government’s decision to save the 50 Million Tree Program axed by the Premier.

In July, Mike visited colleges, businesses, farms, factories, and First Nations in 15 communities in southern Ontario on his Clean and Caring Economy tour to highlight jobs in the $26 trillion clean economy.

In August, Mike responded to the Premier’s corruption scandal with a series of comprehensive reforms to prevent cronyism and ensure integrity in the appointment of public officials. 

In September, over ten gas stations decided to display Mike’s gas pump stickers, which tell the full story about the costs of climate change as opposed to the Premier’s misleading stickers. 

In October, Mike invited all Ontarians to take the housing survey as the Green Party develops a plan to tackle the housing crisis and unlock affordable housing solutions for all. 

In November, Mike successfully petitioned the government to extend the moratorium on new bottling permits, protecting community drinking water from global companies for another year. 

In December, Mike passed the first ever Green legislation in Ontario, co-sponsoring a bill that makes it illegal to block an EV charging station with a gasoline-powered vehicle. 

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Schreiner responds to Fall Economic Statement

QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to the government’s Fall Economic Statement:

“The government refuses to be honest with Ontarians about the state of our finances.

Despite what the government says, the $1.3 billion in spending is simply a reversal of cuts in the last budget, not new money for health care, education and social services.

We need an honest conversation, not magic math or storytelling.

But my biggest disappointment in this update is that it completely ignores the fastest growing sector of the global economy – the $26 trillion clean economy.

The government is either blind to the low-carbon future or it wants to cut Ontario off from it.

An economic plan from the 1970s doesn’t do us much good in 2020 when the climate crisis is bearing down on us.

We cannot be competitive in the 21st century clean economy with an auto strategy that is silent on electric vehicles or a jobs plan that makes no mention of cleantech innovation, advanced manufacturing, and low-carbon technologies.

Worse yet, young people entering the workforce will bear a greater debt burden after the $671 million in cuts to financial assistance.

This financial update also sends the wrong message to farmers and people in need of housing.

For the 170,000 households on a waitlist for social and affordable housing, the $368 million cut to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is a slap in the face.

For farmers, the $187 million cut to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs leaves them with less support to deal with the challenges they face.”