Green Party leader Mike Shreiner supports LRT, bus service for Hamilton

News May 09, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Ontario’s Green Party leader is hoping the province is deluged under a political green wave on June 7.

Mike Shreiner, who kicked off his Green Party’s campaign in Toronto, Hamilton and Guelph May 9 told over 30 supporters and local MPP candidates at Bennetto Community Centre in downtown Hamilton the party is prepared to make election history in Ontario.

“We have to change the political status quo in this province,” said Shreiner.

He pointed to Green Party victories in British Columbia, which elected three Green candidates; in New Brunswick where one Green candidate won; and in Prince Edward Island, where two Green politicians were elected to the legislature. He suggested that could lead to a Green breakthrough in Ontario as citizens look to alternative parties.

“That green wave is coming to Ontario,” he said.

Schreiner, 48, who has been excluded from the provincial debates, called the first event at CityNews May 7 a “gong show” that revealed again how the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals and NDP conduct the province’s business.

“The three status quo political candidates spend more time tearing each other down than building this province up,” he said.

But to “make history” on June 7, Shreiner acknowledged to reporters a Green Party candidate needs to be elected to Queen’s Park. He said he has the best chance to become the Guelph MPP after receiving 20 per cent of the vote in 2014, even though he finished third, about 1,000 votes behind the Progressive Conservative candidate.

“They say they can’t support the Liberals, they can’t support the Doug Ford-led P.C. party, you are our progressive option,” said Shreiner.

But before “making history,” the Green Party candidates have to convince the electorate to accept carbon pricing, expand the Greenbelt, implement road tolls into Toronto, impose land value taxes and commercial parking levies in the Greater Toronto Area.

Schreiner said the Green’s carbon pricing plan would establish a price on pollution, and “all the money raised from that (we) will just put it back into your pocket.”

The Progressive Conservatives have stated they would scrap the Liberal’s existing carbon plan.

Schreiner said the Liberals “screwed up” implementing the Green Energy Act, which is “working around the world” but contributing mistrust among the provincial electorate.

“Don’t allow the Liberals’ mismanagement to malign a technology that is delivering low-cost solutions around the world,” he said.

The Green Party supports light-rail transit projects, including in Hamilton, and would cover 50 per cent of the operating cost. In addition, the party would help pay for other transit infrastructure projects, such as inter-regional bus service. He said there is no bus service from Guelph to Hamilton or Guelph to Kitchener-Waterloo.

The party would also back establishing all-way two-day electrified GO train service across the region. To pay the costs of transit, Shreiner said the party is prepared to establish road tolls and commercial parking fees.

“Magic money and fairy dust is not going to build transit infrastructure and cover operating costs,” he said.

On other topics, Schreiner said the party would scrap the Liberal’s proposed government-run Ontario cannabis stores and allow privately operated marijuana outlets, which would be licensed and regulated, as a better option to eliminate the underground marijuana industry.

The party also backs a universal basic income program, affordable housing, preventive health care, and green jobs, including in Hamilton.

Not surprisingly the Green Party would also expand the current 900,000 hectare Greenbelt and establish what is being called the Blue belt that includes all of Ontario’s river systems.

He said Ford’s flip-flop on allowing developers to start ripping up the Greenbelt for more housing shows “he’s more interested in helping wealthy donors and well-connected insiders.”


Green Party leader Mike Shreiner says it's time to upset political status quo in Ontario

News May 09, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Ontario’s Green Party leader is hoping the province is deluged under a political green wave on June 7.

Mike Shreiner, who kicked off his Green Party’s campaign in Toronto, Hamilton and Guelph May 9 told over 30 supporters and local MPP candidates at Bennetto Community Centre in downtown Hamilton the party is prepared to make election history in Ontario.

“We have to change the political status quo in this province,” said Shreiner.

He pointed to Green Party victories in British Columbia, which elected three Green candidates; in New Brunswick where one Green candidate won; and in Prince Edward Island, where two Green politicians were elected to the legislature. He suggested that could lead to a Green breakthrough in Ontario as citizens look to alternative parties.

“That green wave is coming to Ontario,” he said.

Schreiner, 48, who has been excluded from the provincial debates, called the first event at CityNews May 7 a “gong show” that revealed again how the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals and NDP conduct the province’s business.

“The three status quo political candidates spend more time tearing each other down than building this province up,” he said.

But to “make history” on June 7, Shreiner acknowledged to reporters a Green Party candidate needs to be elected to Queen’s Park. He said he has the best chance to become the Guelph MPP after receiving 20 per cent of the vote in 2014, even though he finished third, about 1,000 votes behind the Progressive Conservative candidate.

“They say they can’t support the Liberals, they can’t support the Doug Ford-led P.C. party, you are our progressive option,” said Shreiner.

But before “making history,” the Green Party candidates have to convince the electorate to accept carbon pricing, expand the Greenbelt, implement road tolls into Toronto, impose land value taxes and commercial parking levies in the Greater Toronto Area.

Schreiner said the Green’s carbon pricing plan would establish a price on pollution, and “all the money raised from that (we) will just put it back into your pocket.”

The Progressive Conservatives have stated they would scrap the Liberal’s existing carbon plan.

Schreiner said the Liberals “screwed up” implementing the Green Energy Act, which is “working around the world” but contributing mistrust among the provincial electorate.

“Don’t allow the Liberals’ mismanagement to malign a technology that is delivering low-cost solutions around the world,” he said.

The Green Party supports light-rail transit projects, including in Hamilton, and would cover 50 per cent of the operating cost. In addition, the party would help pay for other transit infrastructure projects, such as inter-regional bus service. He said there is no bus service from Guelph to Hamilton or Guelph to Kitchener-Waterloo.

The party would also back establishing all-way two-day electrified GO train service across the region. To pay the costs of transit, Shreiner said the party is prepared to establish road tolls and commercial parking fees.

“Magic money and fairy dust is not going to build transit infrastructure and cover operating costs,” he said.

On other topics, Schreiner said the party would scrap the Liberal’s proposed government-run Ontario cannabis stores and allow privately operated marijuana outlets, which would be licensed and regulated, as a better option to eliminate the underground marijuana industry.

The party also backs a universal basic income program, affordable housing, preventive health care, and green jobs, including in Hamilton.

Not surprisingly the Green Party would also expand the current 900,000 hectare Greenbelt and establish what is being called the Blue belt that includes all of Ontario’s river systems.

He said Ford’s flip-flop on allowing developers to start ripping up the Greenbelt for more housing shows “he’s more interested in helping wealthy donors and well-connected insiders.”


Green Party leader Mike Shreiner says it's time to upset political status quo in Ontario

News May 09, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Ontario’s Green Party leader is hoping the province is deluged under a political green wave on June 7.

Mike Shreiner, who kicked off his Green Party’s campaign in Toronto, Hamilton and Guelph May 9 told over 30 supporters and local MPP candidates at Bennetto Community Centre in downtown Hamilton the party is prepared to make election history in Ontario.

“We have to change the political status quo in this province,” said Shreiner.

He pointed to Green Party victories in British Columbia, which elected three Green candidates; in New Brunswick where one Green candidate won; and in Prince Edward Island, where two Green politicians were elected to the legislature. He suggested that could lead to a Green breakthrough in Ontario as citizens look to alternative parties.

“That green wave is coming to Ontario,” he said.

Schreiner, 48, who has been excluded from the provincial debates, called the first event at CityNews May 7 a “gong show” that revealed again how the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals and NDP conduct the province’s business.

“The three status quo political candidates spend more time tearing each other down than building this province up,” he said.

But to “make history” on June 7, Shreiner acknowledged to reporters a Green Party candidate needs to be elected to Queen’s Park. He said he has the best chance to become the Guelph MPP after receiving 20 per cent of the vote in 2014, even though he finished third, about 1,000 votes behind the Progressive Conservative candidate.

“They say they can’t support the Liberals, they can’t support the Doug Ford-led P.C. party, you are our progressive option,” said Shreiner.

But before “making history,” the Green Party candidates have to convince the electorate to accept carbon pricing, expand the Greenbelt, implement road tolls into Toronto, impose land value taxes and commercial parking levies in the Greater Toronto Area.

Schreiner said the Green’s carbon pricing plan would establish a price on pollution, and “all the money raised from that (we) will just put it back into your pocket.”

The Progressive Conservatives have stated they would scrap the Liberal’s existing carbon plan.

Schreiner said the Liberals “screwed up” implementing the Green Energy Act, which is “working around the world” but contributing mistrust among the provincial electorate.

“Don’t allow the Liberals’ mismanagement to malign a technology that is delivering low-cost solutions around the world,” he said.

The Green Party supports light-rail transit projects, including in Hamilton, and would cover 50 per cent of the operating cost. In addition, the party would help pay for other transit infrastructure projects, such as inter-regional bus service. He said there is no bus service from Guelph to Hamilton or Guelph to Kitchener-Waterloo.

The party would also back establishing all-way two-day electrified GO train service across the region. To pay the costs of transit, Shreiner said the party is prepared to establish road tolls and commercial parking fees.

“Magic money and fairy dust is not going to build transit infrastructure and cover operating costs,” he said.

On other topics, Schreiner said the party would scrap the Liberal’s proposed government-run Ontario cannabis stores and allow privately operated marijuana outlets, which would be licensed and regulated, as a better option to eliminate the underground marijuana industry.

The party also backs a universal basic income program, affordable housing, preventive health care, and green jobs, including in Hamilton.

Not surprisingly the Green Party would also expand the current 900,000 hectare Greenbelt and establish what is being called the Blue belt that includes all of Ontario’s river systems.

He said Ford’s flip-flop on allowing developers to start ripping up the Greenbelt for more housing shows “he’s more interested in helping wealthy donors and well-connected insiders.”