Greens call for provincial action to make streets safer for everyone


QUEEN’S PARK — In the wake of three tragic deaths this week on GTA streets, the Green Party of Ontario is renewing its call for a real investment from the province into safer streets.

“The simple reality is that Ontario is not doing enough to protect pedestrians and cyclists. The status quo is costing us lives, and the incoming government has a responsibility to help the city of Toronto and all municipalities make their streets safer,” said Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

Toronto, City Council initiated Vision Zero two years ago, and yet deaths on Toronto streets are not declining, with 32 people killed this year. Safety advocates are calling for immediate measures such as lower speed limits, striped crosswalks, and tougher penalties.

Schreiner says the province must do its part to make streets and roads safer for all people.

“The province has an essential role to play in making streets across Ontario safe for all people. It is unacceptable that there is no dedicated transportation fund for walking and cycling infrastructure,” added Schreiner.

Currently the province allocates 0% of its transportation budget to cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. The Green Party continues to support a dedicated fund to support safe streets.

“We need to make roads safe, not just for cars but cyclists and pedestrians too. I am calling on the new government to establish a permanent long­-term sustainable funding stream for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure for all Ontario municipalities,” said Schreiner.


Mike Schreiner clarifies comments about cooperation


Mike Schreiner issued the following statement today:

“In an interview yesterday on Newstalk 1010 with Mark Towhey, my comments regarding cooperation across political lines were misinterpreted.

I want to clarify that I will not be part of any arrangement that compromises the GPO’s independence in the legislature.

The people of Guelph elected a Green MPP, and I will serve as a Green MPP. We will not be “joining forces” with the Liberals or any other party. Cooperation does not equal “joining forces” or changes to party status.

In my pledge to do politics differently, I have talked about being open to cooperation with any party in the Legislature to make life better for our province.

I believe hyper-partisanship is one reason so many people are disillusioned by politics as usual. I want to work hard to change that. As a Green MPP, I want to work across party lines, represent people first and hold the government to account.

I am open to cooperation with any party in the house if it aligns with our priorities and helps us move our goals forward. This is part of my commitment to doing politics differently. I am reaching out to the PC, NDP and Liberal leaders this week to explore ways to work together.”

On Twitter yesterday, Mike Schreiner clarified the confusion about what cooperation would mean for the Green Party.

Schreiner makes history in Guelph


GUELPH, ON — Guelph made history tonight, electing Mike Schreiner to Queen’s Park. He becomes the first Green MPP ever elected into the provincial legislature.

Tonight, we made history. We showed Ontario what can happen when you vote for what you believe in. Tonight, we stood up for the people and places we love.”

Schreiner took the riding with 45% of the vote in a campaign that swept through Guelph over the last twenty-eight days, with a record number of volunteers and endorsements from media and prominent community leaders that spanned the political spectrum.

“Friends, this result confirms that Guelph is absolutely the Green capital of Ontario. We are blessed to live here and tonight it is obvious that the people of Guelph recognize our responsibility to leave a better future and a healthy planet for the next seven generations, ” said Schreiner.

Schreiner’s message of doing politics differently clearly resonated with voters who were disillusioned with the status quo and eager to see a fresh voice bring honest answers and new ideas to Queen’s Park.

“Ontario joins British Columbia, PEI and New Brunswick now as provinces with strong the Green leadership. The Green wave is real and growing because we know that we must build a bridge a future where our children can thrive.”


Mike Schreiner – Election Day Schedule


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


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


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


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


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


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