A green wave is “rolling across the world…and it will land in Ontario,” Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner told party faithful attending the Northumberland-Peterborough South Constituency nomination meeting in Cobourg Tuesday night.
Local Green Party candidate Jeff Wheeldon
Article & images by Valerie Macdonald
Schreiner talked about Iceland’s government being headed by Green politician, Katrin Jakobsdottir and what is happening with the BC Green Party where it has the “balance of power”, as well he mentioned Green Party gains in other countries around the world.
Claiming there is a need for “honest” politics and “honest” politicians at Queens Park in Ontario, Schreiner outlined the details of his position before endorsing the meeting’s sole candidate, Jeff Wheeldon of Brighton.
Wheeldon was acclaimed by about a dozen people attending the nomination meeting.
Formerly pursuing a ministerial career path,Wheeldon, told the Green Party members gathered in the Cobourg Community Centre that his “purpose in life is serving others” and that “the more I looked to heaven, more and more I was directed back to earth,” where he feels the need to address systemic issues and social ethics. This has lead him to run for provincial office, he said.
Wheeldon moved from Western Canada to Northumberland County in 2013 with his wife and two children.
He called Schreiner one of the hardest working politicians he knows.
Earlier, Schreiner acknowledged that the local Green nomination meeting was taking place on Ojibway lands, per the “Williams and Upper Canada Treaty” and he talked about the importance of learning from our elders as Indigenous people’s honour the words of their Elders.
Often the lessons of the past are lost in Ontario politics, he said.
The Rotarian guiding principle of “service above self” is what is needed and not politics for personal gain, the Green Party Leader continued.
Ontarians are “tired of gimmicks” in politics, providing examples including the Liberal’s “Fair Hydro Plan” which Schreiner calls the “Unfair Hydro Plan” because it is “essentially for the rich” and leaves Ontarians with a $40 to $90-Billion debt in the future.
The Liberal Party’s 25% hydro rate reduction now and debt later, is the “kind of political game that has real-world consequences,” he said. “We are looking for people like Jeff who are willing to fight (against that kind of politics).”
Schreiner briefly outlined his Party’s goals including 100% renewable energy sources and no longer using combustible engines.
He reiterated that it is the Green Party that is committed to putting people in Ontario first. “Let’s give them something to vote for – instead of something to vote against.”