Choose the candidate who will best represent you

Our ad in Saturday’s Local Section of The Record (June 2, 2018)

In spite of a groundswell of public opinion, spurred by the non-partisan fairdebates.ca petition, the TV broadcasting Consortium refused to allow Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner into the televised Ontario Leader Debates.

Both Liberal Leader Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath expressed public support for Mike’s inclusion.  The double barrelled argument was that not only does the Green Party of Ontario field candidates in every riding across the province, the GPO exceeded the 2% Elections Ontario threshold (earning nearly 5% of the vote).

Alas, the unaccountable Broadcast Consortium refused to bow to public opinion and excluded him anyway.  Silent Protestors gathered outside the CityTV studios to protest the first Leaders Debate excluding Mike Schreiner, but after a few quick glimpses from the early live feed, efforts to keep Green protes         news camera folk

Locally CBCKW rigorously supported the Consortium’s GPO censorship by refusing to allow local Green candidates to be included in its riding specific local broadcast, unless one of the “big 3” candidates declined to attend. Stacey was invited to the Kitchener Centre broadcast, but was explicitly informed she had only been included because they only had 3 microphones, and PC candidate Mary Henein Thorn declined.  Zdravko was excluded on Tuesday, Bob on Wednesday.  Mr Norris neglected to inform his listeners he was excluding our candidates, so at the CNIB’s ReVision All Candidate’s Meeting, someone asked why Bob decided not to appear on CBC.  It’s bad enough excluding us, but making it look as though some of our candidates chose not to show up is much worse.

But we have received some coverage.  The Toronto Star Editorial Board endorsed Mike Schreiner for Guelph MPP. and hosted a video Q&A with the Green Party Leader.

The Agenda has given the GPO some excellent coverage as well, inviting our shadow cabinet members to participate, as well as analyzing the GPO Platform.

May 23, 2018
Finding a Home in Ontario

May 25
Analyzing The Green Party Platform

May 25
The Green Party Leader

The biggest problem faced by Greens isn’t coming up with great policy, it’s getting it out there so people know about it.  That is why this is such an important issue.

In spite of everything, I am convinced Ontario is going to join the Green Wave and send Mike Schreiner along with a healthy complement of Green MPPs to Queen’s Park.  Like an opinion poll, that’s just a guess, but what I’m seeing and hearing suggests this will come to pass.  Even in our Kitchener-Conestoga riding, a traditional Conservative stronghold, the turmoil within the PC Party could very well provide an opportunity in what should have been a safe seat.  With the added bonus of the Liberal leader’s concession, our chances are even better.

What we do know for sure is that the addition of even a single Green voice in the legislature will be a game changer.  And that can only be a good thing; not just for Greens, but for Ontarians.  More and more people are starting to realize there is another choice.  It really is time to start doing politics differently.  If you haven’t yet voted, tomorrow ~ June 7th, 2018 ~ is the day.

As GPO candidate Andrew West says, |
“If everyone…who ever thought about voting Green DID vote Green. we would win!”
~ @greenAndrewWest

If you need help getting to the polls, give us a call at 226-476-4529 and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

[Reprinted from the WRGreens Blog]

What’s Happening #KitCon #ONpoli #ONelxn

Checking out the awesome Mel’s Diner between our first meeting with the Elections Ontario Returning Officer for Kitchener-Conestoga and the Cross Cultures Waterloo Region African-Canadian Debate

The Ontario Election is off at a gallop; there have been so many events packed into the schedule (even before it started) I’ve been so busy taking photographs and recording video there hasn’t been time to look through our multi-media much less post it… until now!

Here’s the first clip from Bob’s appearance at THEMUSEUM Cultural Exchange 6.0

There will be more video to come from this and other events this week.

This Week:

TUESDAY:

Bob Jonkman will be live on the radio on Bollywood Mix, 10-11am Tuesday morning

WEDNESDAY:

On Wednesday he’ll be getting his SHORE Centre briefing to ensure our campaign is well informed on accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options, issues including:

  • Updated sex ed curriculum
  • Safe Access Zones
  • Parental notification laws for minors seeking abortion care
  • Mifegymiso (abortion pill)
  • Abortion access and regulations in Ontario
  • OHIP+ & Pharmacare implications on access to birth control
  • Teen pregnancy

THURSDAY:

Although this isn’t an election event, you are welcome to join Bob on Thursday evening for his regularly scheduled KWVoIP meeting at the Egg Roll King Restaurant, 85 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener Map. The Kitchener-Waterloo Voice Over Internet Protocol Users Group (KWVoIP) meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings are scheduled to begin at 7:00pm, but some people arrive at 6:00pm to order dinner before the meeting.

This is a regular informal meetup where tech folk can share information with each other as well as help non-tech people interested in exploring VoIP.  Skype is the VoIP most people are familiar with, but there are plenty of economical free software options.  Bob set up our WRGreens campaign office with a cost effective VoIP system.  If you’re interested in finding out how this stuff works, this is a great resource.  (And the food at Egg Roll King is fabulous!)

Check out Bob’s online Calendar for updates on Ontario Election events he’ll be attending.