'It will be a historic night': Green Party to participate in Ontario leaders’ debate for first time

The leaders of Ontario’s largest political parties will take part in a live debate Monday night, and for the primary time in history, the Green Party will even be on the stage.

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner has been the leader of the Green Party of Ontario since 2009. In 2018, was the primary Green MPP elected to the legislature.

He attended a housing panel and discussion in Guelph Monday morning, and spoke to CTV News in regards to the Green Party’s inclusion within the leaders’ debate.

“I’m feeling good,” Schreiner said. “It should be a historic night. That is the primary time a fourth party has been included within the televised leaders’ debate and I feel it’s an important opportunity for the people of Ontario to listen to about recent solutions and recent ideas to loads of the old problems lots of us are facing immediately.”

Other parties, he said, have “did not deliver” on those old problems.

“A giant a part of what I hope to realize tonight is to actually present the Ontario Green’s vision and values to the most important public we have ever had to do this. And to point out folks that we will address the climate emergency and their concerns across the rising cost of living, that we will construct more capability in our healthcare system, especially ensuring access to mental health services and tonight is the right opportunity to present those policy solutions to the people of Ontario.”

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner will all be in attendance for the 90-minute debate.

It should broadcast continue to exist CTV News at 6:30 p.m. and will even be available to observe in its entirety on CTVNewsKitchener.ca and the CTV News app. 


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