Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner’s statement on the first anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque shooting

Today, we come together and remember those that we lost a year ago. We stand with our neighbours, members of our communities and fellow Canadians to say that love will overcome hate.

On the evening of January 29th 2017 in Ste. Foy (Foi) Quebec, 53 people gathered to pray, to come together, to catch up with each other. Something we all have done so often in Churches, Temples, Synagogues and Mosques.

This night was different. Terribly different.

A man, Alexandre Bissonnette, opened fire on worshippers and by the time this horror ended, 6 were dead and 19 others were injured, some for life. Of course, all the survivors will be scarred by this for life. We, by acknowledging that, might in some small way make that wound less painful. You are not alone.

It’s important that we remember that we as Canadians and Ontarians strive to make our country a place where we celebrate our diversity. A place where we make sure that every person is safe and welcome in our communities regardless of faith.

We wish you all Salaam. Peace.

GPO 2018 Convention: Tune in on Facebook Live

The 2018 GPO Convention is in 5 days! Are you excited?

For those of you who unfortunately cannot make it in person, catch some of our exciting events on Facebook Live:

  • Mike Schreiner, Leader Keynote: Saturday, 1.00PM
  • Peter Bevan Baker and Hannah Bell, Gala Keynote: Saturday, 8.30PM

Mike’s speech will be open to any members of the public who can attend. Location details can be found here.

We hope you can join us for both speeches, as we work towards bringing the Green wave to Ontario.

Livestream Details

Livestream: Mike Schreiner, Leader Keynote | Saturday, Feb 3, 1.00PM

Peter Bevan Baker and Hannah Bell, PEI Greens, Gala Keynote | Saturday, Feb 3, 8.30PM

Sexual harassment and violence have no place in our society

Stories from the #MeToo movement show us that the status quo fails to provide women with a safe way to share their experiences.  

We must act on this moment to transform our justice system to make space for women’s voices to be heard so that justice can be served.  

Mike Schreiner responds to the the conviction in the gas plants trial

TORONTO – Mike Schreiner, GPO leader, made the following statement regarding David Livingston, Dalton McGuinty’s former Chief of Staff, being found guilty of attempting to commit mischief and unauthorized use of a computer.

“This case is an example of the way politics has been done for a long time. Pursue power at all costs. Never give the other team credit, always look to take them down.

What Mr. Livingston did was unquestionably wrong. This is about a political culture that encourages bad behaviour: a system that says ‘They are absolutely wrong and we are absolutely right.’ The Green Party of Ontario thinks differently.

Consensus, collegiality and a desire to put the people of Ontario above partisan gamesmanship will go a long way to making our politics civil. We must embody the principles of integrity and honesty instead of what we have now.

Elizabeth May’s Green example in Ottawa shows that Canadians can do politics in an open and inclusive way, instead of the toxic, take no prisoners style that sadly makes Question Period at Queen’s Park an embarrassment when students arrive on a field trip only to watch our politicians jeer and heckle.

Doing politics different is possible and urgently needed so that we put people first, instead of parties, lobbyists and special interest groups. The Green Party is leading the way by how we think and act, such as leading the effort to get big money out of politics by ending corporate and union donations to political parties.”