'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 may 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 concerning the Green Party’s inclusion within the leaders’ debate.

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

Other parties, he said, have “didn’t deliver” on those old problems.

“An enormous a part of what I hope to realize tonight is to essentially present the Ontario Green’s vision and values to the biggest public we have ever had to try this. And to indicate 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’ll broadcast survive CTV News at 6:30 p.m. and may even be available to look at in its entirety on CTVNewsKitchener.ca and the CTV News app. 


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