Mike Schreiner

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Mike Schreiner
Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
Assumed office
November 15, 2009
Preceded by Frank de Jong
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Guelph
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded by Liz Sandals
Personal details
Born (1969-06-09) June 9, 1969 (age 49)
WaKeeney, Kansas
Nationality American Canadian
Political party Green
Children 2
Residence Guelph, Ontario
Alma mater University of Kansas
Indiana University Bloomington
Occupation Entrepreneur, Politician

Mike Schreiner (About this sound listen) (born June 9, 1969) is an American Canadian politician, the leader of the Green Party of Ontario,[1] and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.[2][3] Professionally, he is a small business advocate, entrepreneur, and food policy expert.[4]

On December 4, 2012, Schreiner was nominated before a crowd of 120 supporters as the party's candidate for Guelph, a riding the party's internal polling shows as winnable with over half of the surveyed responding they were somewhat or much more likely to vote Green if the provincial leader was the candidate.[5] His victorious third run in Guelph during the 2018 provincial election made him the first elected Green politician in Ontario.[2]

Schreiner was the party's candidate in the Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock by-election on March 5, 2009.[6] He received over 97% approval from the party membership defeating the None of the Above ballot option, in the 2009 Ontario Green Party leadership election held on November 14, 2009.[7] During the 2011 provincial election Schreiner ran in Simcoe—Grey losing to Progressive Conservative incumbent Jim Wilson.


Schreiner was born on June 9, 1969 in WaKeeney, Kansas, the son of Barbara and Ronald Schreiner.[8][9] Schreiner grew up on the family farm, helping his parents. This is where his interest in the environment began. He attended Indiana University Bloomington as a graduate student, where he met his future wife, Sandy Welsh, a sociology professor at University of Toronto. They have two children.

Schreiner and his wife became Canadian citizens in 2007.


Schreiner earned bachelor's degrees in business administration and history from the University of Kansas (1992). He earned his master's degree in history from Indiana University Bloomington in 1994.[10]


Mike Schreiner and Jane Sterk at the 2012 Green Party of Canada convention.

Schreiner started his career in Guelph operating his own food distribution business, specialized in delivering local and natural foods to homes in Toronto. He helped establish Local Food Plus, which worked to bring farmers and consumers together to promote financially, socially and environmentally sustainable local food systems.[11]

Schreiner served on the steering committee for Green Enterprise Toronto, an association of over 350 small businesses, and on the Board of Directors of FarmStart, a non-profit that assists new farmers in Ontario, and he is a governor of the Canadian International Peace Project.[10]

Political career[edit]

Schreiner has been actively involved in the GPO since 2005. He was the GPO candidate for the 2009 by-election in Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock. He co-chaired the 2007 election platform committee for the party and served as Policy Coordinator from 2008–2009.

Schreiner was elected leader of the GPO on November 14, 2009, and is the party's first full-time leader. He has acted as critic for the Premier’s Office and for agriculture and rural affairs.

Schreiner unsuccessfully ran in Simcoe-Grey during the 2011 provincial election. During the 2014 provincial election, Schreiner ran in the riding of Guelph but was not elected.

Schreiner won the Green Party its first seat in the Ontario parliament in the 2018 provincial election, in the riding of Guelph.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Schreiner lives with his wife Sandy and their two daughters in Toronto and in Guelph.[10]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2018: Guelph
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Mike Schreiner 29,082 45.04 +25.75
Progressive Conservative Ray Ferraro 14,084 21.81 +0.97
New Democratic Agnieszka Mlynarz 13,928 21.57 +3.87
Liberal Sly Castaldi 6,537 10.12 –31.40
None of the Above Paul Taylor 358 0.55 +0.55
Libertarian Michael Riehl 297 0.46 +0.14
Ontario Party Thomas Mooney 181 0.28 +0.28
Communist Juanita Burnett 109 0.17 –0.17
Total valid votes 64,576 100.0  
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 63.18
Eligible voters 102,213
Green gain from Liberal Swing +12.39
Source: Elections Ontario[13]
Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Liz Sandals 21,949 41.33 +18.84
Progressive Conservative Anthony MacDonald 11,179 21.05 –33.54
Green Mike Schreiner 10,181 19.17 +10.41
New Democratic James Gordon 9,392 17.68 +3.22
Communist Juanita Burnett 236 0.44 +0.44
Libertarian Blair Smythe 168 0.31 +0.31
Source: Elections Ontario [14]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jim Wilson 25,396 54.49 13.42
Liberal Donna Kenwell 10,386 22.49 −21.24
New Democratic David Matthews 6,738 14.46 +8.48
Green Mike Schreiner 4,084 8.76 +2.12
Total valid votes 100.0
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock by-election, March 5, 2009
resignation of Laurie Scott
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rick Johnson 15,482 43.73 +14.22
Progressive Conservative John Tory 14,576 41.17 −8.73
Green Mike Schreiner 2,352 6.64 −0.56
New Democratic Lyn Edwards 2,117 5.98 −5.92
Independent Jason Taylor 320 0.90
Family Coalition Jake Pothaar 258 0.73 −0.07
Freedom Bill Denby 140 0.40 −0.4
Independent John Turmel 92 0.26
Libertarian Paolo Fabrizio 71 0.20


  1. ^ "Ontario's Greens pick Mike Schreiner as new leader". Globe & Mail. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Kalinowski, Tess (7 June 2018). "Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner makes history with victory in Guelph". Toronto, ON: Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Schreiner makes history in Guelph". Toronto, ON: Green Party of Ontario. 7 June 2018. Archived from the original on 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  4. ^ Rider, David (11 August 2007). "Fresh thoughts about buying local". Toronto, ON: Toronto Star. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Schreiner has unprecedented support as he kicks off historic Guelph campaign" Archived 15 January 2013 at Archive.is, 5 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Green policy-writer runs for byelection"[permanent dead link], Minden Times.
  7. ^ "Mike Schreiner chosen to lead Ontario Green Party". Toronto, ON: Toronto Star. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  8. ^ https://globalnews.ca/news/151850/ontario-green-party-leader-mike-schreiner-green-in-more-ways-than-one/
  9. ^ https://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1185639.html
  10. ^ a b c "Leader - Mike Schreiner | Green Party of Ontario". Toronto, ON: Green Party of Ontario. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Party leader Schreiner green in more ways than one". TheSpec. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  12. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (June 7, 2018). "Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner makes history with victory in Guelph". Archived from the original on June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Guelph". Election Night Results. Elections Ontario. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  14. ^ Elections Ontario (2014). "027, Guelph". Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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