I’m on the Green Party of Ontario’s Shadow Cabinet!

When Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner called me personally to ask if I would join his Shadow Cabinet, I turned Green with pride. The Shadow Cabinet will be staying on top of the Liberal government to advise them on how to make Ontario as healthy and sustainable as possible. And my folio is Consumer Services. Who better to keep tabs on that than an Advertising Copywriter, right? You can see the press release by clicking here or reading below:

Ontario Green Party’s New Shadow Cabinet will hold the old Parties at Queen’s Park Accountable

Toronto – “Why is a gas plant being built in Mississauga after the McGuinty Liberals promised to halt it during the election campaign?” asks Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario.  “Does the same fate await promises on the Melancthon mega quarry?”
“It took less than two months for election promises to be put on the back-burner and for a return to business-as-usual at Queen’s Park” says Schreiner.  “No wonder less than 50% of Ontarians voted in the provincial election.”
The Green Party today announced an expanded Shadow Cabinet of passionate and dedicated citizens committed to long term solutions that put Ontario communities first. 
“Our team is committed to working with people of all political backgrounds on long term solutions to tackle the big challenges of our time.  We are not afraid of straight talk to address tough issues like rising energy prices,” says Schreiner.  “We can’t continue to subsidize energy prices and punt this challenge down the road to our kids and future generations.”
The Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet will focus on offering alternate policies to the status quo at Queen’s Park, with the goal of building a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable Ontario.
The Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet:
Aboriginal Affairs  – Jo Jo Holiday  (Kenora–Rainy River)
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  – Meade Helman  (York–Simcoe)
Attorney General  – Bassam Lazar  (London–Fanshawe)
Children and Youth Services  – Jennifer Mooradian  (St. Catharines)
Citizenship and Immigration  – Pauline Thornham  (Bramalea–Gore–Malton)
Community and Social Services  – Mark Daye  (Toronto Centre)
Community Safety and Correctional Services  – Jason Matyi  (Essex)
Consumer Services  – Josh Rachlis  (Eglinton–Lawrence)
Economic Development and Innovation – Dave Bagler  (Ottawa–Vanier)
Education  – Matt Richter  (Parry Sound –Muskoka)
Energy  – Steve Dyck  (Guelph)
Environment  – Stephanie-Lynn Russell  (Nickel Belt)
Finance  – Kevin O’Donnell  (Ottawa Centre)
Government Services  – Pauline Thompson  (Scarborough–Agincourt)
Health and Long-Term Care  – Judy Smith-Torrie  (Northumberland–Quinte West)
Infrastructure and Women’s Directorate – Judith Van Veldhuysen  (St. Paul’s)
Intergovernmental Affairs  – Angela Salewsky  (Etobicoke–Lakeshore)
Labour  – Kevin Labonte  (London North Centre)
Municipal Affairs and Housing  –  Stacey Leadbetter (Whitby-Oshawa)
Natural Resources  – Rob Strang  (Dufferin–Caledon)
Northern Development and Mines  – Pat Rogerson  (Sudbury)
Francophone Affairs – Nancy Matte  (Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox and Addington)
Seniors Secretariat – Gurleen Gill  (Etobicoke North)
Tourism and Culture  – Meredith Cross  (Niagara West–Glanbrook)
Training, Colleges and Universities  – Alex Hill  (Ottawa West–Nepean)
Transportation   – Tim Grant  (Trinity–Spadina) 
For more information on the Green Party of Ontario’s Shadow Cabinet please visit:
Becky Smit


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