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.
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.
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.”
Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner’s plan to immediately lower payroll taxes for small businesses to offset the recent increase in the minimum wage is getting a warm response from entrepreneurs and labour leaders.