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This is our last chance to get #MikeAtTheMic

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We have less than one week left to change the minds of the unelected, unaccountable media consortium trying to shut Mike Schreiner out of the televised Leaders Debate on May 27.

These debates can change elections. In BC, PEI and New Brunswick, Greens were all elected after appearing in debates. Getting #MikeAtTheMic to debate Wynne, Horwath and Ford will greatly improve our chances of a Green Wave on Election Day.

On Thursday, May 24, we are mobilizing all of our supporters to join a MASSIVE TWITTERSTORM to pressure the Ontario Broadcasters Group to do the right thing and put #MikeAtTheMic.

Join the Twitterstorm

Goal: Get #MikeAtTheMic trending and ensure the media consortium hears us loud and clear!

WhenThursday, May 24 between 12-1pm 

What you need to do: On Thursday, May 24, between 12-1pm, choose from the tweets below or write your own creative tweet using #MikeAtTheMic and tagging the media consortium members. Post the tweet during this time – it’s important we get as many people tweeting in this window so we can get #MikeAtTheMic trending on Twitter.

Sample Tweets

  1. 4 parties are publicly funded in Ontario and 4 parties deserve to debate on May 27. Ontario deserves to hear what the Greens have to offer. MikeAtTheMic.ca @GlobalTV @CBCNews @CHCHTV @CPAC_TV @TVO @CTVNews #MikeAtTheMic #onpoli #ONelxn (Click to Tweet)
  2. Hey @GlobalTV @CBCNews @CHCHTV @CPAC_TV @TVO @CTVNews, do the right thing and put #MikeAtTheMic MikeAtTheMic.ca #onpoli #ONelxn (Click to Tweet)
  3. End the three-ring circus and make May 27th a fair debate with @OntarioGreens leader @MikeSchreiner. @GlobalTV @CBCNews @CHCHTV @CPAC_TV @TVO @CTVNews #MikeAtTheMic #onpoli #ONelxn MikeAtTheMic.ca (Click to Tweet)
  4. Stop telling Ontarians there are only three choices this #ONelxn @GlobalTV @CBCNews @CHCHTV @CPAC_TV @TVO @CTVNews. @MikeSchreiner is a real alternative to the status quo circus #MikeAtTheMic #onpoli MikeAtTheMic.ca (Click to Tweet)
  5. Silencing @OntarioGreens is a disservice to democracy. Full slate of candidates. Costed platform. 233,000 votes in 2014. Put #MikeAtTheMic @GlobalTV @CBCNews @CHCHTV @CPAC_TV @TVO @CTVNews. MikeAtTheMic.ca #onpoli #ONelxn (Click to Tweet)

If you don’t have Twitter, you can still help. Send an email to mackay.taggart@globalnews.ca asking for the Green Party to be included in the televised debates. If you need some inspiration, read Mike Schreiner’s open letter here.

Lastly – if you haven’t already – sign and share the petition at MikeAtTheMic.ca.

Television managers in back rooms should not get to decide who has legitimacy and who should be held accountable by the voters in Ontario. So we need YOU to help us tell them they got it wrong.

This is our last chance to get #MikeAtTheMic. We hope you’ll join us in this effort to get our Green voices heard.

Mike Schreiner Itinerary – May 22

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Tuesday, May 22

  • 10:30-11:00am: Meet and Greet with Toronto candidates and Green Party of Canada Deputy Leader, Jo-Ann Roberts at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Recording all-party healthcare discussion for The Agenda with Steve Paikin | TVO Studios
  • 1:10pm: Interview with Mike Stubbs, 980CFPL, London
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Guelph Chamber of Commerce Candidates Debate | Guelph City Hall, Council Chambers, 1 Carden Street

Green Party Leader receives endorsement from Toronto Star

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TORONTO, ON — The city’s highest circulation newspaper has given its endorsement to Green Party Leader, Mike Schreiner, in his bid to become the first elected Green MPP this election.

“Ours is a party offering honest politics and real change from the status quo. We do not rely on slogans or populism, empty promises or faulty accounting to get votes. We rely on people power and hard work. I’m happy the media is recognizing the real solutions the Green Party is putting forward – on affordable housing, basic income and embracing the 21st century clean economy,” said Mike Schreiner.

Schreiner was the first to be interviewed by the Toronto Star last week in its series of live-streamed editorial board meetings with each of the four major party leaders. The endorsement notes Schreiner’s candour on challenging issues, as well as his depth of policy knowledge in a landscape where it has become all-too-common to dumb down the political discourse.

“It is arguably the Green leader who has been the most forthright leader in the campaign for the June 7 Ontario election,” reads the article. “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,” it concludes.

Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2018/05/21/guelph-voters-should-consider-making-history-and-sending-the-greens-mike-schreiner-to-queens-park.html

Mike Schreiner Itinerary – May 19-21

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Saturday, May 19

  • 8:30-9:30: Guelph Farmers’ Market
  • 10:00-6:00: Knocking on doors and attending local events in Guelph
  • 8:30-10:00: Meet and Greet with supporters at The Wooly Pub in Guelph

Sunday, May 20

  • 11:00-12:00: Campaigning in Riverside Park, Guelph
  • 2:00-4:00: Media appearances in Toronto
  • 8:00-9:00: BBQ with supporters in Guelph

Monday, May 21

  • 9:30-11:00: Meeting voters in Guelph
  • 12:00-2:30: Serving Lunch at Guelph Drop-in Centre
  • 4:00-8:00: Knocking on doors in Guelph

Schreiner presents plan to support local businesses

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GUELPH, ON — Today, from his home riding of Guelph, Mike Schreiner outlined a plan for supporting small businesses and Ontario’s workers through fair tax reform. This plan will result in an additional $1 billion remaining in communities each year to help businesses pay a living wage.

“Liberals and Conservatives have been playing wedge politics with people’s lives by pitting workers against small business owners in a bid to harvest votes. But it does not have to be a choice between people and business. We have real solutions for fair tax reform that benefit everyone,” said Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario.

The Greens are committed to following through with the Liberals’ plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 because it is simply the right thing to do. But Greens will not leave small businesses in the lurch.

The Green Party would increase the exemption level for the Employer Health Tax from $450,000 to $1 million in payroll for businesses and organizations with payrolls under $5 million. This would be paid for by reversing the Liberal’s corporate tax cut for big businesses by 1%.

“Ours is a plan to support the small businesses with immediate cash flow relief that will help local, family independent businesses to continue thriving in this transition to better wages,” added Schreiner.

Asked how his plan compares to Doug Ford’s corporate tax cut, Schreiner said: “I’ve spoken with nearly all of the small business owners in Guelph and heard their concerns. They need cash flow support right now. They cannot wait a year or a year-and a-half like they would with a corporate tax cut.”

Schreiner’s home riding of Guelph is a small business heartland in Ontario, with creative entrepreneurs turning clever ideas into reality, from corner stores to high tech start-ups, local organic farms to advanced manufacturing, retailers to home builders.

“When we talk about about why Guelph is such a livable community, it’s because we have such a vibrant small business community. Statistics show we’re the fourth best community in all of Canada to start a business.”

“I am so proud to call this place home,” said Schreiner.

Learn more about our platform at gpo.ca/our-platform.

Mike Schreiner Itinerary – May 18

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Friday, May 18

  • 8:30-10am: Meetings with local stakeholders
  • 11:00am: Small Business Announcement at The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street, Guelph
  • 12:00pm: Attending the Eritrean Flag Raising at Guelph City Hall, Carden Street, Guelph
  • 1:00pm: Speaking at the Muslim Society of Guelph on the First Friday of Ramadan, 286 Water St, Guelph
  • 3:30-8:00pm: Attending local events and campaigning

Statement from Mike Schreiner on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17

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QUEEN’S PARK — The Green Party of Ontario Leader made the following statement:

The Green Party of Ontario stands alongside all allies in commemorating this important day for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Since 2004, this day has been marked to draw attention to the historic and institutional discrimination, as well as tragic losses, suffered by LGBTQIA2S+ people, and the barriers that continue to prevent their full inclusion and acceptance by society.

May 17 was selected because it was on this day in 1990 the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

“We have come a long way since then, but we know that prejudice still exists in Ontario – both openly and in more hidden ways that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. “ said Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner.

In our laws and services across Ontario, we must ensure that everyone receives full human rights protections, regardless of gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation. But individually and in our communities, we must make the conscious effort to celebrate diversity and applaud and support those who have the courage to honour their true selves.

“The lived experience and everyday struggles of the LGBTQIA2S+ population remain under-appreciated and it is up to all Ontarians to build a truly equitable, open and inclusive society.” added Schreiner

Ford sells Ontario a trumped bill of goods

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QUEEN’S PARK — Doug Ford’s announcement of a gas tax cut is yet another back-of-the-napkin policy idea that fails to pass the sniff test.

“The Liberals played this game with the UnFair Hydro Plan to artificially lower energy bills before an election. Now Ford is jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to buy people off at the pumps while he guts public services and takes our economy backwards,” said Green Party Leader, Mike Schreiner.

By closing his eyes to the overwhelming evidence that carbon pricing works, Ford is thumbing his nose at the basic principles of economics. You put a higher price on pollution, and you incentivize the good behaviour through the use of low carbon goods and services.

“Globally, cleantech is a $6 trillion industry. If Ontario were to capture even 1% of this, it would be the largest contributor to our GDP. Yesterday, after announcing the gas tax axe, Ford toured a cleantech facility in Mississauga. Does he realize that he is a walking contradiction?” said Schreiner.

“Ford’s wish to cancel all cleantech and energy efficiency programs would be like someone in the 1920s vowing to stick with horse-and-buggy transportation over the automobile. I refuse to let Doug perpetuate the myth that the economy and the environment are at odds,” said Schreiner. “The jobs of the 21st century are the clean jobs of the new economy that are already employing close to 300,000 Canadians at an average salary of $92,000 per year,” he added.

The estimated loss of over $1 billion dollars in gas tax revenues comes on the heels of Ford’s announcements of massive corporate and income tax cuts, hydro subsidies and an end to cap-and-trade revenues that put Ontario in the red to the tune of over $8 billion dollars.

Ford refuses to explain how he’ll pay for any of these promises.” This is irresponsible. If you are going to gut public services and starve the government of revenues, at least have the decency to admit it.” said Schreiner

Instead of ignoring scientific evidence and the growing business consensus, Greens have a fully costed plan to leap into the future and embrace the new economy:

  • Redirect the $3.1 billion per year in existing business support programs to target cleantech innovation, advanced manufacturing and bio-products.
  • Create a $4.18 billion Green Building and Business Program to provide grants and interest-free loans to help homeowners, renters and businesses invest in energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Put a stop to government subsidies of businesses that pollute and worsen climate change
  • Cancel the UnFair Hydro Plan and put Ontario on a path to 100% renewable energy by purchasing low-cost water power from Quebec at one-third the price of nuclear.

Disability advocacy group ranks Greens highest on accessibility commitments

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TORONTO, ON — The Green Party of Ontario has been ranked highest among all major parties in its commitments to make Ontario fully accessible by 2025.

“The Green Party gives the broadest commitments on the AODA. It is the only party that states that it supports all the specific commitments that we seek,” said the disability advocacy group AODA Alliance in its press release today.

Mike Schreiner was also the only party leader to take part in this evening’s debate on a wide range of disability issues. Schreiner outlined the party’s plan for building a fully inclusive and barrier free Ontario, underpinned by an historic Basic Income Guarantee for all that will truly tackle poverty.

“Let’s cut the red tape for persons with disabilities. A Basic Income Guarantee means an end to the unnecessary paperwork that disrespects people’s dignity,” said Schreiner.

The party’s plan would raise the assistance levels for those in the Ontario Disability Support Program to the low-income cut-off measure within four years.

At the debate, Schreiner also called out the Liberals for housing rules that do little to tackle the crisis that particularly affects marginalized populations.

“Why did the Liberals bring in inclusionary zoning rules if they were going to be so weak? We need to follow international best practice and enforce a minimum of 20% affordable housing units,” said Schreiner.

Despite creating the landmark AODA legislation in 2005, the Liberals are not on track to meet their own goals. Shockingly, they also continue to invest in public infrastructure that excludes people with disabilities.

“Transit stations are being built that still not accessible. How can this happen in 2018, knowing everything that we do and with the AODA rules in place? It is completely unacceptable,” said Schreiner.

Greens are the only party with a real plan for tackling poverty, increasing affordable housing, and bringing additional resources to Ontarians with disabilities, while being honest with people about how we are going to pay for it. See the fully costed platform at www.gpo.ca/platform

Mike Schreiner Itinerary – May 17

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May 17

  • 8:30am: Candidate Meet & Greet hosted by Guelph City Councillors, Breezy Corners Restaurant, Guelph
  • 2:30pm: Speaking to Grade 5 Civics class at local elementary school, Guelph
  • 9:00pm: Meet & Greet with University of Guelph volunteers, Guelph campaign office, 163 Suffolk Street
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