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Ontario Greens look to build on 2018 win with wider platform

The higher cost of living should not dampen the Green Party’s hopes of building on its decisive victory in the last provincial election.

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The higher cost of living should not dampen the Green Party’s hopes of building on its decisive victory in the last provincial election.

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Ontario voters who might have made the environment a priority in 2018 now face the worst inflation in 30 years, soaring housing and gas prices and the specter of a resurgence of the pandemic in autumn.

The Greens know they need an answer to these issues to attract and retain voters, said Cristine De Clercy, a political scientist at Western University.

For a political entity centered on a single issue, the environment and climate change, the Greens have a “fairly comprehensive” platform which shows they are not a one-party party, she said.

“When voters think of the Greens, perhaps they perceive an older version of the Greens than what currently exists in Ontario,” De Clercy said Tuesday.

“There are a few interesting things happening with the Greens in this election that could help the party broaden its base and attract supporters – even against a backdrop of rampant inflation and a lot of worries about the economy. »

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The Ontario Greens won their first seat in the 2018 election with party leader Mike Schreiner taking the Guelph seat in an open race. Schreiner, who is seeking a second term, held firm during Monday night’s leaders’ debate, De Clercy said.

“The Greens have an articulate and capable leader, and that’s obviously important,” she said.

“With a pretty good communicator at the helm, I think they have an opportunity to explain to Ontarians their point of view that . . . we can balance competing goals around environmental protection and sustainability with other things like caring for people and investing in health care and education.

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The Greens could attract voters who aren’t inspired by Liberal and New Democrat leaders, said York University professor Mark Winfield.

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The Greens are offering voters comprehensive policies that will bolster long-term affordability, Winfield said.

“They will have to convey a more complicated set of messages that relate to long-term cost reduction as opposed to the very short term,” he said.

“Maybe that’s not a bad thing. It helps them differentiate themselves from other parties. They present a different longer-term view instead of just trying to outrun Doug Ford Doug Ford.

The Greens want to offer free tuition to 60,000 students training for business jobs in the green economy, improve wages and working conditions for healthcare providers and target speculation in the housing market, Schreiner said. .

“What we’ve really tried to show is how we can address the climate crisis by reducing pollution while addressing people’s real accessibility concerns,” he said.

“We are delivering new solutions to old problems, especially when it comes to addressing people’s concerns about affordability, healthcare capacity and dealing with the climate crisis in a way that prepares Ontario to become a global leader in the emerging market of the new climate economy.

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