Thank you everyone!

Andrew would like to thank everyone who volunteered and voted for the Green Party in 2014. We successfully increased the profile of the Green Party and our voting share in Carleton-Mississippi Mills.

Here’s the percentage point difference for each party between this election and one in 2011:

Green – +3.86%
NDP – +2.26%
Liberal – -2.26%
PC – -2.88%

There are tens of thousands more Green Party votes in this riding. Voters need to know it’s safe to vote Green. If everyone who talked themselves out of voting Green because they thought their vote wouldn’t count did vote Green, their votes WOULD count and there would be a Green victory.

For us the campaigning has just begun! We need you’re help to build on the momentum we created the past few weeks. Please consider volunteering or hosting an event to support the Green Party. You can contact Andrew directly via e-mail at andrewwest@gpo.ca or through twitter at @greenandrewwest. Thank you again.

Let’s vote!

Voting day is Thursday, June 12th. Every vote makes a difference, especially for the ever-growing Green Party.

Here’s a handy tool to ensure an easier voting experience:

http://wemakevotingeasy.ca/en/home.aspx

Additional values to merging Ontario school boards

According to an independent study* the Green Party’s proposal to merge the school boards will save tax payers 1.2 to 1.6 billion dollars a year in redundancies. But there are many other additional benefits. NDP candidate James Gordon certainly took issue with Green Leader Mike Schreiner, who are both running in Guelph. Mike has written a detailed response. Here are three points he raised:

   Last year, school board administrators overspent the portion of the budget allocated to them by $86 million. That was money that was supposed to go into the classroom. Let’s get that money back, for a start.

   Distributing the resources we have fairly, and making sure that education is our top priority, means hard choices. I’d rather choose a merged public school system than unmet special education needs. Wouldn’t you?

   I don’t think that graduates of publicly-funded teachers’ colleges eligible to teach in publicly-funded boards should be turned away because they are Protestant, or Hindu, or choose not express their faith. Do you?

You can read Mike’s full response here:

http://www.mikeschreiner.ca/2014/06/greens-respond-to-ndp-accusations-about-schools/

*William J Phillips, “Public and Catholic School Merger Study” Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc (March 2012) online:
<http://urbanneighbourhoods.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/ingsfromthemergerofontariopublicandseparateschoolsystems.pdf>.

Mike Schreiner participates in Ottawa rally

Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, will be in Ottawa tonight (June 3rd) to join Deputy Leader and Ottawa Centre candidate Kevin O’Donnell as well as other Ottawa area candidates at a debate night rally in Ottawa. Wednesday morning, Mike will join Ottawa area candidates for breakfast at Grounded Kitchen and Coffee House.

Date: June 3, 2014
Time: 7:30pm, speeches at 8:15pm
Location: Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street, Ottawa

Date: June 4, 2014
Time: 8:30am
Location: Grounded Kitchen and Coffee House, 100 Gloucester Street, Ottawa

Mike Schreiner Interview

Frustrated with the other three parties? Wondering what the Green Party is all about? Listen to this interview with the Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner and find out why we deserve and appreciate your vote.