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|Leader of the Green Party of Ontario|
November 15, 2009
|Preceded by||Frank de Jong|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Liz Sandals|
June 9, 1969 |
|Alma mater||University of Kansas
Indiana University Bloomington
Mike Schreiner ( listen) (born June 9, 1969) is an American Canadian politician, the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Professionally, he is a small business advocate, entrepreneur, and food policy expert.
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. His victorious third run in Guelph during the 2018 provincial election made him the first elected Green politician in Ontario.
Schreiner was the party's candidate in the Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock by-election on March 5, 2009. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Ontario general election, 2018: Guelph|
|Progressive Conservative||Ray Ferraro||14,084||21.81||+0.97|
|New Democratic||Agnieszka Mlynarz||13,928||21.57||+3.87|
|None of the Above||Paul Taylor||358||0.55||+0.55|
|Ontario Party||Thomas Mooney||181||0.28||+0.28|
|Total valid votes||64,576||100.0|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots|
|Green gain from Liberal||Swing||+12.39|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|Ontario general election, 2014|
|Progressive Conservative||Anthony MacDonald||11,179||21.05||–33.54|
|New Democratic||James Gordon||9,392||17.68||+3.22|
|Source: Elections Ontario |
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Jim Wilson||25,396||54.49||13.42|
|New Democratic||David Matthews||6,738||14.46||+8.48|
|Total valid votes||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative||John Tory||14,576||41.17||−8.73|
|New Democratic||Lyn Edwards||2,117||5.98||−5.92|
|Family Coalition||Jake Pothaar||258||0.73||−0.07|
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