5.25.2011

TheStar Ontario Greens aim for ‘beachhead’ in fall vote

TheStar Ontario Greens aim for ‘beachhead’ in fall vote

Robert Benzie Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

Ontario’s Green Party has modest political hopes for the fall election, but major policy goals.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said while he would be satisfied winning one of the province’s 107 seats in the Oct. 6 vote, his campaign platform is far more ambitious.

On Wednesday, Schreiner touted a British Columbia-style carbon tax of 2.4 cents per litre of gasoline, an end to nuclear power, a single secular public school system, and frozen wages for public servants through 2015.

Buoyed by national Green Party Leader Elizabeth May winning a seat in the May 2 federal election, he hopes to repeat the feat provincially.

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