September 7, 2011 5:09 am

Some facts about Ontario Green party leader Michael Schreiner

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TORONTO – Who: Michael John Schreiner, leader of the Green party of Ontario.

Age: 42 (June 9, 1969)

Personal: Born and raised near WaKeeney, Kan., Schreiner and his wife Sandy Welsh moved to Canada in 1995 and became Canadian citizens in 2007. The couple has two daughters, Isabelle and Beata, ages 11 and 6.

Education: He has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and history from the University of Kansas (1992) and a master’s in history from Indiana University-Bloomington (1994).

Early career: Launched a number of small businesses and non-profits related to local food, including a produce delivery service and Local Food Plus, an organization that certifies sustainable farms and food producers.

Politics: Co-chaired the Greens’ 2007 election platform committee and served as policy co-ordinator until he was elected leader in late 2009. He also acted as critic for the Premier’s Office and for agriculture and rural affairs.

Quote: “I’ve never taken the easy way out. I’ve always had a vision of what I believed in and pursued it.”

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