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Historic result for PEI Green Party could mean bigger things coming

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner calls the result 'a big breakthrough for the PEI Greens'
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File photo of Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

For the first time ever, the Green Party has risen to Official Opposition status in a Canadian province.

The party, led by Peter Bevan-Baker, won eight seats in Prince Edward Island in a vote that saw the Progressive Conservatives form a minority government under premier-designate Dennis King.  The Tory's won 12 seats.

"It's a historic night, and a big breakthrough for the PEI Greens," says Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, "I think it's really an indication, the fact increasingly more and more voters want to see a new way of doing politics."

"I think Greens bring a fresh voice and a new perspective, and really a desire as much as possible to work across party lines to solve some of the big challenges that we face.  And do it in a way that puts people first, that puts good policy ahead of party."

He says in the past, people thought success for the Greens were more of "a west coast thing," alluding to federal leader Elizabeth May, who is MP for a riding in British Columbia, as well as three MLA's holding seats in the BC legislature.

And then with members holding three seats in New Brunswick's provincially, some were thinking it was a west and east coast thing.

But with Tuesday's vote, along with Schreiner's own successful election bid in Ontario last October, he says we're seeing a "green wave starting to build across the country."

Now, what could this mean for future elections?

Schreiner says we could see our first indication of it during the fall federal election, and even in the next Ontario election in 2022.

He indicates there were five "high quality" people seeking the Green Party nomination in Guelph last year, along with contested nominations in Waterloo Region.

And he is already fielding calls from people interested in running in the next provincial election.

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