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Mike Schreiner won't be joining the Liberals

Provincial Green Party leader and Guelph MPP opts not to take join Liberals and run for their party leadership
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Mike Schreiner, Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader.

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner is staying on as Green party leader. 

He announced Tuesday morning that he won’t be moving to the Liberal party – something he was urged to do by a number of high-ranking Liberal party members through an open letter publicly released in late January. That letter encouraged Schreiner to run for the party’s leadership 

“I’ve taken the time to listen, consult my constituents in Guelph and people across Ontario to talk about a better way forward,” Schreiner said in a news release. “I’ve asked myself and others how I can best make a positive difference in building the Ontario we truly want.

“The answer for me is as the leader of the Ontario Green Party.”

A one-page letter addressed to Schreiner was released on social media from 40 signees, including current MPPs, cabinet ministers past and present, volunteers and riding association presidents.

It also includes Liz Sandals, the three-term Guelph MPP who retired ahead of the 2018 election, the riding Schreiner won to become the first Green MPP in Ontario's history.

"Ontarians are troubled by the Ford government’s abandonment of environmental and economic standards including their attack upon the Greenbelt, conservation authorities, municipal management of development and more. They are worried about the increasing privatization of our healthcare system," the letter reads. "Ontarians are demanding something better.”

There is much unfinished business to take on as Green leader, Schreiner said in the release.

“People who sincerely want a strong progressive movement to push back against the Ford government’s attack on our public healthcare system; his scheme to pave over our Greenbelt, farmland and wetlands; and his utter disregard for climate action, affordable housing, and fighting for our most vulnerable neighbours living in legislative poverty.”

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