Green Vision Tour, Day Three: Hamilton, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day 3 takes us to Hamilton, Grimsby, Vineland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. The day started with a number of interviews in Hamilton, where Mike Schreiner and team met with local Green candidates and media outlets to discuss important issues like clean energy, jobs and protecting the people and places we love. Followed by a quick lunch in Grimsby, then off to the Vineland Research Centre to see how technology can improve our food production to reduce imports and grow more local food in Ontario. The day ended with a Fireside chat with Mike with local Niagara Greens and community members.

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Green Vision Tour, Day One: London and Sarnia

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day One of the Green Vision Tour kicked off in London, Ontario where Mike Schreiner visited Innovation Works, the only co-working space in London intentionally designed for social innovators, and Growing Chefs Ontario, a registered charity based in London that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects.

In the afternoon, Mike and the GPO team headed to Sarnia, where he toured Western Research Park, where Cleantech economy is coming to life in Sarnia-Lambton. Afterwards, Mike Schreiner met with local candidates and Green supporters at Business after 5, Sarnia’s Chamber of Commerce Event, followed by a Meet and Greet, to hear about the issues that are important to them for the upcoming election.

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Mike Schreiner launches provincial tour to deliver Green Vision for People Powered Change

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GUELPH, ON — Today, Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner embarks on a 20-city tour of the province to share a Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change. Last night at a packed Town Hall in Guelph, Schreiner outlined solutions for a renewable, sustainable, and equitable Ontario.

“People are hungry for change, but they don’t trust the other establishment parties. My message is that there is a better choice for bringing the change you want. Greens will do politics differently in Ontario by putting people first,” said Schreiner at the town hall.

The Green Vision focuses on three pillars of Jobs, People and Planet and will be the foundation for the platform as we head towards the June election.

The tour carries on to London and Sarnia today, followed by stops in Windsor, Chatham, St. Catharines, Niagara, Peterborough, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa, Sudbury, North Bay and Barrie before winding up in Orangeville on March 29.

Tour events include town halls, meetings with university students and small businesses, roundtable events with civic leaders, and visits to cleantech projects.

At the town hall, Schreiner emphasized that it’s time for a strong voice at Queen’s Park that can speak truth to power, and Greens are the only party with the political courage to stand up to lobby groups and wealthy corporations with honesty and integrity.

“Politicians need to stop using people’s lives as political wedge issues,” added Schreiner. “Politics in Ontario is broken – somewhere along the line it stopped being about people. That’s the difference the Green Party is making in this election,” said Schreiner. “We put people first.”

The Green Party is on track to run a full slate of candidates for the June 7 provincial election. The party aims to make a history by electing the first Green MPP in Ontario in 2018, building on the Green wave that has elected seven Greens across the country in recent years.

“Before having a seat at Queen’s Park, Greens have led the charge on getting big money out of politics and protecting our food and water. Just imagine what we will do for you with seats inside Queen’s Park. Let’s leap into the future now!” said Schreiner to the crowd in Guelph.

Learn more about the Green Vision at www.gpo.ca/vision.
To watch the full video of the Guelph Town Hall, click here.

Tour Schedule
To follow Mike’s travels across Ontario, visit: https://gpo.ca/leaders-tour/

March 20: Guelph
March 21: London, Sarnia
March 22: Windsor, Chatham-Kent, Kitchener-Waterloo
March 23: Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls
March 24: Guelph, Peterborough
March 25: Brighton, Kingston
March 26: Perth, Ottawa
March 27: North Bay, Sudbury
March 28: Huntsville, Barrie
March 29: Orangeville

Liberals cannot hide behind Ford’s climate incompetence

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QUEEN’S PARK — The Liberals’ sunny climate change report released today disguises some major problems, even as the climate change clock is ticking. Sure, Doug Ford would be a disaster for the climate and Ontario’s opportunity to create low-carbon 21st century jobs, but that doesn’t mean Ontarians should give Kathleen Wynne a free ride.

“No one in Queen’s Park is holding this government accountable on a weak climate plan that starts and ends with an ineffective cap-and-trade system. The Conservatives have reverted to fear-mongering about carbon pricing, while the New Democrats don’t even think climate change is worth talking about,” said Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner. “Only the Green Party seems to recognize that there is no Planet B.”

The Liberals have trotted out a basket of programs funded by cap-and-trade revenues. Yes, electric vehicle rebates and smart thermostats are important, but they won’t be enough to meet the province’s own targets. And if you look deeper, you’ll find endless government policies that contradict and undermine our greenhouse gas reduction goals.

“Liberals have to stop giving out free pollution permits to the 150 largest polluters if we have any hope of making carbon pricing work to reduce pollution,” said Schreiner. “The Liberals have no plans to phase out natural gas for home heating and continue to make infrastructure decisions that lock us into the burning of fossil fuels for decades to come. We must leap into the future now.”

Canadians are already paying the costs of extreme weather caused by climate change – $4.9 billion in insurable losses in 2016 alone. But for all their talk, the Liberals always seem to side with their friends in industry. The Green Party’s climate plan would end the loopholes for large emitters, ban fracking, and activate a new green workforce. Rather than selling off public assets and pouring billions into expensive and dangerous nuclear power, we would bring our energy system into the 21st century with smart ideas that protect the environment, save money, and create jobs.

“We need strong voices to take the Liberals to task when they choose polluters over people. The Green Party has a real climate action plan that does not tinker on the margins or have the fingerprints of industry all over it,” said Schreiner.

 

Join us for the Green Vision Town Hall

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Next Tuesday, March 20th, Mike Schreiner will begin the Green Vision Tour 2018, as he goes around the province to get your feedback on our Green Vision for Ontario, and what matters most to you in the upcoming June 7 election.

The tour will kick off with a Town Hall in Guelph, where Mike Schreiner will introduce our Green Vision for 2018 and how Greens will be bringing People Powered Change to Ontario.

We’ll be hosting a livestream of the Town Hall, where Mike will be answering questions from around the province around issues that matter most to you. Tune in on Facebook Live on Tuesday, March 20, at 7pm.

Do you have a question for Mike? Submit it here:

Following the launch, Mike and the GPO team will be visiting the following cities:

  • March 21 – London and Sarnia
  • March 22 – Windsor and Kitchener
  • March 23 – Hamilton and Niagara Falls
  • March 24 – Guelph and Peterborough
  • March 25 – Brighton and Kingston
  • March 26 – Perth and Ottawa
  • March 27 – North Bay and Sudbury
  • March 28 – Huntsville and Barrie
  • March 29 – Orangeville

The full calendar can be found here, and we’ll be updating specific event details as they are confirmed, so stay tuned!

PC leadership not ready for prime time

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QUEEN’S PARK — The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership fiasco is a stark reminder of the sad state of politics at Queen’s Park.

“Ontario doesn’t want a Trump style government that denies the climate crisis and fails to grasp the challenges of the 21st century,” said Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner. “People are also tired of Liberal scandals. It is time for a new way of doing politics that puts people first. Greens across Canada are delivering real change, and we are ready to deliver real change for Ontario.”

The election of Doug Ford as PC leader is a sad reminder of how far we still have to go find honest solutions to the climate crisis and rising levels of inequality. This is not a time for, as defeated candidate Caroline Mulroney mentioned, policy on the back of a napkin.

“The entire PC leadership fiasco has shown Ontario that this version of the PC party is not ready for prime time. We need honest solutions that work for people, not anger and divisiveness,” said Schreiner.

“The united front that all PC candidates showed against market solutions to the climate crisis is a sure sign that the party is not ready to govern and is clearly out of touch with the majority of Ontarians. Ford’s rhetoric about carbon pricing being a job-killer is false and dishonest politicking,” added Schreiner.

The Green Party does politics differently. Mike Schreiner is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and policies that put people first to Queens Park. It’s sorely needed now more than ever.

Ontario Greens #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day

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QUEEN’S PARK – Today, on International Women’s Day, the Green Party of Ontario adds its voice to the growing global movement for women’s equality. In the spirit of this year’s theme, #PressforProgress, we call on political leaders at Queen’s Park to take bold steps to end the discrimination faced by women in their homes, communities, and workplaces.

The last year has been a watershed time in the fight for women’s empowerment, with the #MeToo movement raising awareness about the systemic and pervasive extent to which women continue to be harrassed in our societies. “#MeToo has unearthed problems that we have neglected for far too long. It is up to all of us to harness this moment and do the real work of making all spaces safe, inclusive, and equitable,” said Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner.

Governments must demonstrate leadership to combat the forces that continue to disempower women. At our 2018 convention in Guelph, the Green Party of Ontario passed a clear and direct motion to combat sexism both within and outside the party. Mike Schreiner issued a call to action at the convention, “As a Party we are committed to running a gender balanced slate of candidates across Ontario.” Ontario also needs strong legislation to shrink the inexcusable wage gap that exists in our province, as well as additional funding in areas such as reproductive health and women’s shelters.

“There is perhaps no greater social justice issue right now than the fight for gender equity,” said Schreiner. “Our party is committed to amplifying the voices of women and pressing for progress on these critical issues in the upcoming provincial election.”

 

Mike Schreiner at Ryerson Democracy Forum

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Yesterday, Ontario’s four most powerful political party leaders took the stage to discuss the need for increased democratic engagement among youth and minority groups at Ryerson University, in a forum moderated by Toronto Star’s Martin Regg Cohn.

Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, joined Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative interim leader Vic Fedeli, and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, to share ideas on how to better engage young people.

In terms of addressing voter disengagement, Schreiner says, “I think all of us need to start a dialogue where we talk to people as citizens, instead of just taxpayers and voters. And as citizens, we have rights and responsibilities, such as the right to vote. But we also have responsibilities be more active participants in the political process.”

To do this, Schreiner proposes solutions such as increased education from Elections Ontario on campuses on how and where to vote and reducing the voting age to 16 to build a lifelong habit of voting.

Following the Leaders’ forum, Taylor Howarth, GPO Chair of Engagement and Outreach, joined a panel of political party strategists on how to further mobilize the youth to vote. “I think the question for young people in choosing who will form our next government, is ‘Are you investing in our future? What solutions does each party have going forward in invest in the youth’s future?’”, Howarth says.

Watch the full video below:


(Video: Ryerson University)

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Real solutions needed to put people before politics

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“We need people powered change to clean up the mess at Queen’s Park,” says Schreiner. "The sad state of Ontario politics has real world consequences."