October 10, 2017 7:19 pm
Updated: October 10, 2017 8:46 pm

Mike Schreiner launches Green Party campaign office in Guelph

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He’s the first Guelph candidate officially ready for the 2018 provincial election.

Mike Schreiner welcomed supporters, party members, previous candidates, and Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May to his newly acquired campaign office on Suffolk Street in Guelph.

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Schreiner and his campaign manager spoke of four numbers:

45 Days – Until candidacy of other parties are named.

82 Days – That’s when the Dolime Quarry’s water-taking permit expires.

240 Days – For when the city of Guelph elects the first Green Party MPP into Queen’s Park.

and lastly, 812 days – to permanently change the trajectory of emissions globally, to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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Schreiner also spoke about wanting to bring a party into Queen’s Park that can talk about issues that others aren’t such as mental health and tax breaks for small businesses.

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Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke about how previous politicians broke through as Green Party candidates.

May mentioned names like Andrew Weaver (MLA In British Columbia), David Coon (Green Party Leader and MLA of New Brunswick) and Peter Bevan Baker (Green Party Leader and MLA of Prince Edward Island). All of whom, including herself, defeated a sitting cabinet minister to break through and become the first Green Party candidates to capture a seat.

In the 2014 provincial election, Schreiner and his Green Party finished in third place with 19.29 per cent of the votes in Guelph, behind the Conservative (20.84 per cent) and Liberal parties (41.52 per cent)

Across the province however, The Green’s finished in fourth with 4.84 per cent of the vote behind the NDP (23.75 per cent), Conservatives (31.25 per cent) and the majority Liberals (38.65 per cent).

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