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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 sadly use Speech from the Throne as thinly veiled campaign kick-off

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QUEEN’S PARK — The Liberals failed to push the reset button today. Instead, they used public funds to prorogue the Legislature and deliver a Speech to the Throne that is really a partisan campaign kick-off dressed up with pomp and ceremony.

“This government has had 14 years to get these things done. Using the word ‘care’ 50 times in one speech doesn’t prove anything,” said Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner. “Ontarians will be judging the Liberals based on their entire record, including a climate change strategy that gives a free ride to the largest polluters.”

Using a speech from the throne to launch a campaign is a poor start for the Liberals.

“There was a mention of climate change, but absolutely no commitment to strengthening the cap-and-trade system so that we can actually meet our Paris climate targets, which our Environment Commissioner has repeatedly said we are far from achieving,” said Tim Grant, GPO candidate for University-Rosedale.

“Ontarians won’t forget the millions wasted on infrastructure and transit decisions that served only to favour Liberal MPPs in their ridings, spending billions on outdated nuclear energy, or choosing infrastructure projects that lock us into further dependence on fossil fuels.” added Grant.

Greens have the vision that this province needs, including:

  1. Building the new green middle class by stimulating the jobs of today and tomorrow in areas like retrofitting, renewable energy, and cleantech.

  2. Supporting people by rolling out a plan to extend the Basic Income Guarantee Pilot.

  3. Addressing the housing crisis by mandating new developments to include one new affordable unit for every five new units built.

The Green Party is committed to delivering change that puts people first.

 

Localized care is the future of health in Ontario

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GPO Leader Mike Schreiner, Paula Carere, and team

CAMBRIDGE, ON — Today, Green Party of Ontario leader, Mike Schreiner, visited the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic to get a first-hand look at an example of grassroots, localized health care that the province should be expanding upon. Currently there are only 27 such clinics operating in Ontario.

The visit comes on the heels of yesterday’s report from Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer indicating that health care access and quality are at risk.

“The Liberal government is failing to address the real and growing gaps in our healthcare system. Integrated primary health care options like Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics are one of the best ways to relieve the burden on hospitals, cut wait times, and ensure every Ontarian has access to the most vital service government provides,” said Schreiner.

Schreiner met with clinic director, Paula Carere, and her team, to see what a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic looks like in action, an innovative model that is supported by the Canadian Nurses Association and the Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario.

The Green Party of Ontario believes in publicly funded healthcare focused on real solutions that put people first. We need smarter investments that will improve the status quo and ensure illness prevention is not neglected.

“Right now we have a sick care system that kicks in once we fall ill. With more emphasis on Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, we can move to the kind of real relationship building that helps prevent people from getting sick in the first place. This will reduce costs for the whole system.” added Schreiner.

Nurse-led clinics are an essential model for reaching people who are currently left behind, their health deteriorating as they struggle to get through the door. The Green Party of Ontario would expand the number of Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics in all parts of the province and empower Nurse Practitioners as primary health care providers in underserved and rural areas.

“We know that primary care is best provided at the community level and not in crowded hospitals. It’s time Ontario looks to Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, family health teams, community care centres, and Indigenous health access centres that represent the future of health and wellness now,” said Schreiner.

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.

Canvass with us on Saturday, March 17th!

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On Saturday, March 17, we are hosting another Super Saturday Canvass – St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

Super Saturdays are great ways to get involved as a volunteer, meet like-minded people, and make a difference. We hope you can join us at one of the canvassing events below:

Guelph – Campaign to Elect Mike Schreiner 
Date: Saturday March 17, 2018
Time: 10 AM start time, another shift starting at 2 PM
Location: Meet at the campaign office: 163 Suffolk St W, Guelph, ON N1H 2J7
More details: Lunch & training will be provided!
RSVP: RSVP online or by calling  (519) 265-6453 (MIKE)
Local contact: Sandra – sandrawalsh@gpo.ca

Other Locations

Toronto: Campaign to Elect Tim Grant
Date: Saturday March 17, 2018
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM – 5 PM
Location: 523 Bloor St W
RSVP: Email timgrant@gpo.ca

Kingston: Campaign to Elect Robert Kiley
Date: Saturday March 17, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM start time, ending with a Social at 4:00 PM
Location: 136 Chatham St.
RSVP: Email steveward@gpo.ca or phone 613-329-7954
We will be doing a literature postcard drop. No experience required! Join us for a Social afterwards at 4:00PM – it is St. Patrick’s Day after all!

No matter which canvass you are joining, please bring comfortable footwear, warm, weather-appropriate clothing, and a reusable water bottle. Looking forward to a great day!

RSVP NOW.

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.”

 

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