One Year Later: Catching Up with Mike Schreiner

By Kate Belmore

GreenPAC endorsed Mike Schreiner in the 2018 Ontario election because of his lifelong commitment to the environment. Mike was one of five MPPs (from all parties) our supporters helped elect in Ontario. One year later, we’re sitting down with Mike to talk about his journey to politics and what he’s been up to since his election.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Congratulations on making history last year by becoming the first Green MPP in Ontario. Tell me a little bit about your journey to politics.

Mike: It actually started when I was very young, growing up on my family’s farm. I remember driving around on a tractor and out of sheer boredom I would pretend to give political speeches. Years later, after a long career in promoting Ontario farmers and being a champion for local food, I saw the Green Party emerging and felt inspired to engage in electoral politics. I volunteered for the Green Party, I ran in a by-election for the Green Party, and then ultimately people talked me into becoming leader.

Since being elected, you’ve introduced Bill 71 to protect water, which received unanimous support from all parties in the second reading vote. What’s your secret to getting parties to work together to support environmental legislation?

Mike leading the debate on second reading of Bill 71