Oshawa can be leader in “clean” economy: Schreiner


Mike Schreiner, leader of the Ontario Green Party, speaks with Ken Bright from Ontario Tech University during a recent visit.

The leader of the Ontario Green Party believes Oshawa is “perfectly positioned” to be a leader in a “clean” economy.

Mike Schreiner was recently in the city to launch his “Clean and Caring Economy” tour, which will see the Guelph MPP touring southern and eastern Ontario.

During his time in Oshawa, Schreiner took a tour of Ontario Tech University, and later, Windfields Farm on Britannia Avenue.

Schreiner said the Ford government is currently pushing an “economy that is not working for people and the planet.”

But he says there are plenty of examples of industries that are focusing on “low-carbon solutions.”

Ontario Tech, through a number of programs and initiatives, is “delivering the solutions of tomorrow, today,” Schreiner states.

The province is facing a “climate emergency,” and the government must be “prepared to mobilize” in response, and “stop doggedly clinging to rhetoric,” he adds.

Oshawa MPP Jennifer French joined Schreiner during his tour of Windfields Farm. She agreed a lot of MPPs are “speaking the same language” as him.

French notes when GM announced the closure of its Oshawa plant last year, the company conveyed a focus on electric and autonomous vehicles.

But she believes the current government is “not listening to job creators,” and refuses to transition to a “green economy we know is already there.”

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently struck down a challenge by the Ford government against the federal Liberal’s carbon tax.

Premier Doug Ford says the province will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“We know, as do the people of this province, that the federal government’s carbon tax is making life more expensive for Ontarians and is putting jobs and businesses at risk,” Ford said in a released statement. “We promised to use every tool at our disposal to challenge the carbon tax and we will continue to fight to keep this promise.”

French says Canadians “have a sense of environmental responsibility,” and if Ford wants to be an “outlier” in terms of climate change, Ontario must do better to create an effective plan. MORE

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Tune in: Mike Schreiner’s online Clean and Caring Economy Town Hall

Tour Launch Video Link

Yesterday, Mike launched a Clean and Caring Economy tour, a 15-stop trip across parts of the province to highlight solutions for tackling the climate emergency by embracing the jobs of tomorrow today.

On July 5th at 11am we hope you can join Mike online for a Clean and Caring Economy Town Hall. Tune in, hear what Mike has to say and ask questions. Mike is excited to hear from you.

Our planet is in crisis and our economy is not working for people. But we can change that by leading the clean economy revolution sweeping the world, rather than losing jobs to it.

You can also check out Mike at tour stops: public town halls in Kingston, Kitchener and Toronto. The tour will also visit tech companies, university campuses, transit and housing projects, and local food initiatives that are making the clean and caring economy a reality.  And don’t worry – Mike will be in Ottawa in August and there will be a Northern Ontario leg of the tour come September.

ONLINE TOWN HALL

In Belleville, July 4: Hear Mike Schreiner talking about the $26 trillion global clean economy

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Ontario’s first Green MPP is hitting the road this summer to discuss our economic future.

While the Premier is busy slapping stickers on gas pumps, Mike Schreiner will be engaging Ontarians about the $26 trillion global clean economy, where low-carbon jobs and investment are outpacing the industries of yesterday.

Meet Mike and the Bay of Quinte Greens to discuss what the Clean and Caring Economy means for our area and how we can create jobs that will tackle the climate emergency while making Ontario prosperous.

Host
Bay of Quinte GPO Constituency Association

Where
The Brake Room
34 Dundas Street East, Belleville

When
Thursday, July 4th, 2019 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

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