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Mike Schreiner

Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

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

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

The status quo parties at Queen's Park have laser-sharp focus when it comes to attacks on each other's fundraising practices. The accusations they are throwing around ask who is selling access to whom. The truth: none of the three parties at Queen's Park have a clean record on donations. I support calls for inquiries into past practices and committees to consult the public, but I don't want these efforts to delay passing legislation to transform the system. Fixes should be in place before the 2018 provincial election. We need transformational change now to get the stink out of Queen's Park.
04/11/2016 10:12 EDT
Ontario's Government Should Not Be For

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 political process. She has attempted to justify her high-priced private dinners by claiming that everyday citizens have the same access as those ponying up $6,000 a plate. If this true, then for that price people must be getting some extra fine food. The premier and the political establishment dismiss critics of corporate fundraising by hiding behind the rules. Well, I say the rules stink.
03/29/2016 06:30 EDT
Climate Change Is Nature's Tax On

Climate Change Is Nature's Tax On Everything

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 flooding. This climate thing is starting to cost -- a lot. Nature's response to our pollution is like a tax on everything. Since carbon pollution keeps getting worse, nature is digging even deeper into my pocket. So, what is government going to do to put an end to this cash grab?
02/29/2016 03:19 EST
Ontario's Plan To Rebuild Nuclear Plants Is Reckless And

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

The Ontario Liberals are betting $13 billion of your dollars on rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station. It is so risky that no private company will fully insure nuclear plants, and it prompted Standard & Poor's to downgrade Ontario Power Generation's credit rating in 2012. But whatever the reason, the Liberals are failing to capitalize on economic opportunities for Ontario. This means we risk missing out on the global renewable energy revolution. Investors and countries are acting now to take advantage of dramatically falling prices for renewable energy.
01/19/2016 11:58 EST
Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water

Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

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 it comes to taking our water. Those who do pay for taking water are charged a paltry $3.71 per million litres used. This is not a typo.
11/06/2015 12:09 EST
Selling Hydro One is a BIG

Selling Hydro One is a BIG Mistake

The sorry saga of liquidating Hydro One is the direct result of not having an honest debate at Queen's Park about how to fund transportation infrastructure. This is a perfect example of how partisan political games have real world consequences.
05/21/2015 06:07 EDT
We Can't Let Ontario Liberals Turn Cap and Trade into Cap in

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

In a cap-and-trade system the government caps the total amount of GHG pollution allowed. But the real world challenge is that the issuing of permits and the creation of a pollution market is complex, bureaucratic and susceptible to gaming and manipulation. A good lobbyist, a backroom deal and a well-placed campaign contribution can all lead to the government issuing free pollution permits or exemptions for politically connected industries. The Liberals will have to say no to their well connected friends with deep pockets. The stakes are too high to not get this right. We simply can't let the Liberals turn cap and trade into cap in hand.
04/14/2015 05:30 EDT
Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate

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

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 in 2013 alone. Yet, the climate crisis is rarely talked about at Queen's Park. The lone exception is Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, who has stirred up controversy with reports pointing out that Ontario has no plan to meet its 2020 or 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.
03/23/2015 06:45 EDT
Why Killing Bees Means Less Food on Your

Why Killing Bees Means Less Food on Your Table

Unfortunately, Premier Wynne prefers to talk about the problem rather than take action to solve it. Her response to the crisis: throw some money at beekeepers (certainly welcome given their economic losses) and form a task force on bee health that continues to drag its feet on taking action.
10/09/2014 05:19 EDT
I Want My Carbon

I Want My Carbon Cheque

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. Dragging our feet on putting a price on carbon pollution is no longer an option.
09/18/2014 05:49 EDT
The Ontario Government Needs a Lesson in How Energy Markets

The Ontario Government Needs a Lesson in How Energy Markets Work

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?Nuclear power is a bad choice for our financial future. Nuclear power is a bad choice for our energy future. It's time for the Liberals to wake up from their nuclear dream, and get down to the business of providing Ontario with safe, secure, and affordable electricity.
08/28/2014 05:25 EDT
Is Your Vote for Sale Because the NDP Wants to Buy it...for

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

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? How much do you want for your vote? The whiff of an election in the air can bring out the silliness in politicians.
03/12/2014 01:04 EDT
Ontario's Natural Heritage Needs a

Ontario's Natural Heritage Needs a Hero

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 the time than any other agency out there.
01/27/2014 12:22 EST
How Many Local Food Plants Must Close Before We See

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

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. Support for local food processing is not only about securing jobs, it's also about investing in the economy we want. The Liberal government must take action to support our food processing sector.
11/27/2013 07:43 EST
Premier Wynne Threw Ontario Under the Big Oil

Premier Wynne Threw Ontario Under the Big Oil Bus

So much for Premier Wynne's meaningless promise to ensure environmental protections are in place for Line 9. So much for the Premier's promise to ensure First Nations' concerns are addressed. The Premier has thrown Ontario's environment, water and communities under the big oil bus.
11/05/2013 08:47 EST
Canada's Democracy Is Not For

Canada's Democracy Is Not For Sale

Citizens vote, not corporations or unions. Yet, if you look at who funds Ontario's three old-line parties at Queen's Park, you might think otherwise. Canadian democracy week is the perfect time to tell politicians at Queen's Park that our democracy should not go to the highest bidder. We need a ban on corporate and union donations to political parties.
09/20/2013 12:32 EDT