Mike Schreiner
Mike Schreiner was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario on November 14, 2009. A leading advocate for independent businesses, local food and sustainable communities, Mike Schreiner is well known for his leadership in co-founding the award-winning Local Food Plus organization and brings a proven track record in business and leadership roles to the GPO.

A respected, successful entrepreneur, Mike started his career in Toronto operating his own food distribution business for over 10 years that specialized in delivering local, natural and organic foods to homes in Toronto. His business was awarded the Citizen’s Bank of Canada Ethics in Action Award for socially responsible business and the Toronto Food Policy Council’s Local Food Hero Award.

Building on that success, he helped establish Local Food Plus, a non-profit that brings farmers and consumers together to promote financially, socially and environmentally sustainable local food systems. While at LFP, the organization won the Canadian Environment Award for Sustainable Living, a Green Toronto Award of Excellence--Health Category, a Green Toronto Award of Excellence--Market Transformation Category and NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Award for best new environmental initiative.

Actively involved in the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) since 2004, Mike Schreiner has represented the party as a candidate in Simcoe-Grey in 2011 and in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock by-election in 2009. Mike co-chaired the 2007 election platform committee and served as Policy Coordinator from 2008-2009. Mike is the GPO's first full-time leader.

Family and community are important to Mike. He lives with his wife Sandy and their two daughters in Toronto and in Dunedin, a beautiful hamlet, just outside Creemore, in Simcoe-Grey. He spends his free time gardening, hiking, fishing, cycling and volunteering in community activities.

Mike has served as a volunteer on boards and committees such as the Brewer’s Plate Steering Committee, Green Enterprise Toronto Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of FarmStart, a governor for the Canadian International Peace Project, Treasurer and Board member of Campus Coop Daycare, the Toronto Food Policy Council, among others.

Entries by Mike Schreiner

We Must Go Further To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 10:20 AM

After being shamed into action by media reports and letter writing campaigns, the Ontario Liberals have finally introduced an election financing reform bill.

Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough in cleaning up the fundraising mess at Queen's Park.

The changes...

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It's Time To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 10:12 AM

The rot of big money in Ontario politics stinks. People want action now to clean up the mess.

Comprehensive fundraising reform is essential to renewing our democracy. Instead it seems we have politicians playing political games -- to fix the political games that got us here in the first place.

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Ontario's Government Should Not Be For Sale

(23) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 6:30 PM

Ontario's government should not be for sale. But it certainly appears that Premier Wynne has put out a big for sale sign by hosting high-priced private dinners for deep-pocketed insiders.

Sadly, the premier has defended the indefensible by saying that corporate fundraising is part of the...

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Climate Change Is Nature's Tax On Everything

(12) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 2:19 PM

I'm outraged. Like you, my cost of living is going up. Home insurance premiums are up due to extreme weather. Food prices are up due to extreme drought. Taxes are up to pay for infrastructure that's been destroyed by ice storms and...

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Ontario's Plan To Rebuild Nuclear Plants Is Reckless And Irresponsible

(67) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Would you renovate your house without comparing costs and design/build options? Would you use outdated technology instead of modern building practices? For most people, the answer is no.

However, for the Ontario Liberals when it comes to rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station, the answer is yes, absolutely. The Liberals...

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Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:09 AM

Ontario must stop allowing big companies to rip off the province's water. It is bad enough that the government allows multinational companies to privatize a public resource, it is even worse that taxpayers are being hosed by charging so little for it.

Several industries get a total free ride when...

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Selling Hydro One Is a BIG Mistake

(13) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:07 PM

The Liberal government's sell-off of Hydro One is a failure of political leadership -- not only from the governing Liberals but also the opposition NDP and Conservatives.

The sorry saga of liquidating Hydro One is the direct result of not having an honest debate at Queen's Park about how to...

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We Can't Let Ontario Liberals Turn Cap and Trade into Cap in Hand

(28) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:30 PM

It's good news for Ontario's environment and economy that the Liberal government is finally putting a price on carbon pollution after years of dragging their feet. It is bad news that the federal government is still missing in action. This makes Ontario's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)...

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Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate Solutions

(38) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 6:45 PM

It's no secret that I've been disappointed with Ontario's inadequate response to the climate crisis. The risks and costs associated with climate change are already mounting--ice storms, severe flooding, crop losses, damage to critical infrastructure, $3.2 billion in extreme weather related Canadian insurance costs...

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Ontario, Don't Dump Our Money Into Rebuilding an Outdated Power Station

(25) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The Ontario government has a decision to make: Raise your electricity bill to rebuild the Darlington Nuclear Station or lower your bill with water power from Quebec.

The historic Memorandum of Understanding signed at a joint Quebec-Ontario cabinet meeting on Friday opens the door to for electricity imports...

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It's Time for Ontario to Liberate Local Beer

(17) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:41 PM

It's time for Ontario to liberate local beer. It makes no sense to persist in enabling big beer to have an unfair advantage over our homegrown craft breweries.

Imagine a law that restricted General Motors to selling cars at their production site and through Toyota dealerships. Oh, and they could...

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Why Killing Bees Means Less Food on Your Table

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:19 PM

I love eating local food and supporting Ontario farmers. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share the local harvest with family and friends.

Now imagine what your table would look like without 35% of the world's crops, including my favourite pumpkin pie. My kids may not miss the...

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I Want My Carbon Cheque

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:56 PM

I want the government to send me my carbon cheque. And I think most people want theirs too.

You don't need to be a climate scientist to know that extreme weather events are threatening your quality of life and costing you money. Your flooded basement and home insurance bill are...

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Ontario's Liberals Should Care More About Child Poverty Than Hydro Handouts

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The Ontario Liberals announced a new poverty reduction strategy this week while admitting that their last one failed.

Instead of taking responsibility for their failure, the Wynne government is washing their hands of the issue by blaming the federal government.

Playing the blame game won't help...

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The Ontario Government Needs a Lesson in How Energy Markets Work

(20) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Does Ontario's Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli understand how electricity markets work?

Or is he deliberately sabotaging negotiations with Quebec to justify Ontario spending billions on nuclear power?

Ontario has an opportunity to purchase low cost water power from Quebec. The province could avoid wasting billions on the Darlington Nuclear...

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Is Your Vote for Sale Because the NDP Wants to Buy it...for $100

(9) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Is your vote for sale? The Ontario NDP thinks so with its absurd policy to give every household a $100 hydro refund. Will the NDP pay for this with the same magic money and fairy dust they propose to fund transit? And why $100? Why not $200? $1,000?...

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Ontario's Natural Heritage Needs a Hero

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:37 AM

It seems that every day I hear a story in which the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is the villain.

Whether it's a ruling that threatens our health and environment or one that ignores fair process and transparency, the OMB has figured out how to upset more people more of...

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How Many Local Food Plants Must Close Before We See Action?

(19) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 6:43 AM

I'm deeply disappointed by the news that Heinz is closing its Leamington processing plant. For over 100 years that plant made ketchup from tomatoes grown on Ontario farms. And my family loves local ketchup. It seems to go with everything!

Our recent news cycle has been dominated by the...

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Premier Wynne Threw Ontario Under the Big Oil Bus

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:47 AM

Ontario's Liberal government is failing to protect us from oil spills. The province made this clear last week with the announcement that Ontario will not require an environmental assessment for Enbridge's Line 9B proposal.

So much for Premier Wynne's meaningless promise to ensure environmental protections are in place for...

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The Liberals' Energy Planning is Driven By What Works for the Liberals, Not For the People of Ontario

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:46 PM

The billion dollar gas plant boondoggle has taken over Ontario politics. The opposition parties are outraged. The Premier is sorry.

There is no doubt that the Liberal's gas plant scandal is politics at its worst. Self-interested quick fixes and a third-rate cover up have produced enormous financial costs, paralyzed the...

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