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Green Party leader gets nod in Guelph

A packed room of community members and supporters from other parts of the province was on hand Tuesday evening for the kickoff of Green Party leader Mike Schreiner’s campaign to represent Guelph as Ontario’s first Green MPP.
Schreiner, who didn’t face any opponents for the nomination, was acclaimed as the Green Party’s candidate in Guelph in the provincial election expected next year.
“I’m honoured to receive such strong support from the Guelph community,” Schreiner said in a news release.
“Folks from businesses, non-profits and community groups are coming together to push for positive change,” he said. “The status quo isn’t working at Queen’s Park, and with Green leadership from Guelph we can do better.
Supporters were buoyed by how well the Green Party did in last week’s federal byelections, including coming within 1,300 votes of a win in Victoria.
“We’ve all seen what Elizabeth May, recently voted as Parliamentarian of the Year, has brought to the House of Commons: hard work, integrity and outstanding leadership,” Schreiner said.
“I will bring this same leadership to Queen’s Park,” he said. “I will be a voice for Guelph and for Ontario. I will stand up for important issues that the old parties refuse to touch, like eliminating costly subsidies for pollution to foster innovation and local job creation.”
Recent polling by the Green Party has shown the Schreiner campaign is within striking distance of victory in Guelph, the release said. Over half of surveyed respondents were somewhat or much more likely to vote Green with the provincial Green leader as the candidate in Guelph, it said.
Green Party candidates in Guelph have won as much as 21% of the vote.
The Green Party plans to pursue the same strategy in Guelph that elected federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May last year in the B.C. riding of Saanich – Gulf Islands, the release said. That was the first federal Green seat.
If Schreiner wins in Guelph, he’d give the Green Party its first provincial seat.

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