Mike Morrice is running in Kitchener Centre because he believes we can rise above the status quo.
We can be better. We can dream bigger. We can plan longer term.
We can mobilize around what we’re for, rather than the fear of what we’re against.
And we can secure a bright future for generations to come.
Climate scientists tell us we have until 2030 to cut our carbon impact in half if we hope to sustain human life on this planet. The devastating impacts of extreme weather events are all around us: from wildfires in BC, to flooding in the Maritimes, to extreme heat waves in Quebec.
Meanwhile, we live in a time when 48 percent of Canadians are on the brink of financial insolvency, the top 20 percent of Canadians control almost 70 percent of the wealth, and in Kitchener, home ownership is increasingly out of reach for most.
These challenges are aggravated by the climate crisis, which impacts those with the lowest income most significantly.
Our Campaign: #Morrice2019
Our campaign begins with a simple premise: that we ought to listen to what scientists, Indigenous leaders, young people and economists are urgently telling us: the status quo isn’t working.
We can be better than this.
We can move past the divisive politics of left versus right, instead focusing on securing a bright future for generations to come.
We can kickstart the economy we need for the future with the money we’re currently using to subsidize the economy of the past.
And we can leave our kids a generational gift, instead of a generational debt.
In building Sustainable Waterloo Region and Green Economy Canada, Mike has spent the past decade bringing people together from a wide mix of sectors to lead the shift to a green economy in Waterloo Region and beyond.
And the results have poured in: our community is now committed to an 80% GHG reduction goal by 2050. While businesses from all sectors - from tech to manufacturing to nonprofit - have now reduced the equivalent of over 12,000 cars off the road every year.
Over the past decade, Mike has learned firsthand what can be achieved through our community’s entrepreneurial spirit, our barn raising culture, and the belief that anything is possible.
Mike knows that in Kitchener, and across Waterloo Region, ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things.
Mike began this campaign putting forward a set of ideals:
That it’s time we dream bigger. In other words, that we ensure our actions are ambitious enough to meet the scale of the challenges we face.
That it’s time we plan longer term. Ensuring our actions consider not just the next political cycle, but the next generation.
That we must be pragmatic. Ensuring our aspirations are grounded in the reality of what it would take to follow through.
As one example, Mike is supportive of a Green New Deal for Canada, advocated by organizations across the country, millennials and supported by 61% of Canadians. Mike speaks about what this sweeping economic reform could include here and here: a shift to 100% renewables, high speed rail, universal access to affordable and energy efficient housing, and a guaranteed liveable income, in place of billions in fossil fuel subsidies and lost corporate tax revenue.
As a Candidate with the Green Party of Canada, Mike shares values with Greens worldwide, namely: respect for diversity, social justice, non-violence, sustainability, ecological wisdom and participatory democracy.
The Green Party also has comprehensive policy posted online, most critically:
Vision Green: The party’s current in-depth policy document
Mission: Possible: The party’s 20 point climate action plan
However, the Green Party encourages MPs to vote with their constituents even if it means disagreeing with the party.
This means that as an MP, Mike will put people ahead of politics. He can focus on being a representative for Kitchener Centre in Parliament. For this reason, our campaign is currently seeking input from residents across Kitchener Centre on their priorities - from electoral reform to health care to Indigenous reconciliation - and in the coming months we will share those most pressing that we heard from our neighbours.
Green representatives are doing politics differently and winning seats across the country: from PEI to Guelph to Nanaimo, BC. While the green wave continues to build: today 44% of Canadians would consider voting Green in the upcoming election.
In Kitchener Centre, over the past few months, we’ve already seen this same momentum build: over 200 volunteers have reached out to support our campaign, over 500 people attended our launch party in mid-May, endorsements and donations have continued to come in, and as we knock on doors and host kitchen conversations each night, we’re hearing from our neighbours a shared interest: that we can mobilize around what we are for, rather than the fear of what we’re against.
Together, we can demonstrate to our neighbours across Kitchener Centre, we will build a campaign worthy of their support. We will give our neighbours something to vote for.
Because yes, this is our moment.
And the time, for all of this, is now.
Mike grew up on the west island of Montreal as the middle brother of three boys. His family moved to Newmarket Ontario in 1997, and in 2003 he went on to study at Wilfrid Laurier University, completing a double degree in business and computer electronics. Mike was quickly hooked by the entrepreneurial spirit of Waterloo Region.
After reading a book called Ishmael, his eyes were opened to how recently we have begun living at odds with the rest of the living world. Mike was inspired to bring together his business training with his desire to see more decisive action on the climate crisis, and so he got to work.
Mike has spent the 10 years since working with hundreds of businesses to accelerate the shift to a green economy.
Sustainable Waterloo Region: 2008 - 2013
In 2008 while studying at Laurier, Mike founded Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) and piloted Canada’s first Green Economy Hub. Within five years, the Hub had engaged companies employing 14% of Waterloo Region’s workforce, all committed to setting and achieving voluntary climate goals. Mike also spearheaded the creation of ClimateActionWR, a collaborative effort that secured unanimous support from Regional and City Councils for our community’s first-ever climate target (a 6% reduction by 2020, since raised to 80% by 2050), and initiated what is now evolv1, Canada’s first net-positive energy multi-tenant building.
Green Economy Canada: 2013 - 2018
In response to global interest in replicating Green Economy Hubs, Mike founded Green Economy Canada in 2013 and led the award-winning organization until late last year. Today there are 7 Green Economy Hubs across Ontario supporting over 250 organizations lowering their impact and increasing their profitability.
Mike was named Young Alumni of the Year by Laurier (2011), Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the KW Chamber of Commerce (2012), won a Special Citation for Social Entrepreneurship by EY Canada (2018), and has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2012.
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Our goal is as ambitious and achievable as our campaign: to raise $100,000 by July 1st.
With only $15,900 to go and the 75% tax credit, it only takes 40 more people to contribute $400 (of which $300 is fully tax refundable, see table below), and we’ll be well on our way to stand shoulder to shoulder with the other parties when election season heats up.
For example, if just 250 people contributed $400 (of which $300 is tax refundable) over the next 7 days, we would have in place this game-changing level of support, from the beginning.
Donations of up to $1,600 are allowed by law. Contributions of any amount below this amount are welcome, needed and appreciated!
Donors certify: 1. That they are either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. 2. That they are making this contribution with their own personal funds and not with a business account or on behalf of another person. 3. That no individual or organization will either partially or fully reimburse them.
‘We will not let our children down,’ May says | Waterloo Region Record
May 17, 2019 (Post #Morrice2019 Launch Party)
Dreaming Bigger: A Green New Deal for Canada | Corporate Knights
May 16, 2019
Green party confident of making inroads in Waterloo Region | Waterloo Region Record May 8, 2019
Morrice to run for Kitchener Centre Greens in 2019 federal election | Waterloo Region Record March 14, 2019
Greens name Kitchener Centre, Waterloo candidates for federal election | CBC KW
March 11, 2019
Morrice takes nomination for Kitchener Centre Greens | Exchange Magazine
March 7, 2019
Mike Morrice to represent Green Party in Kitchener Centre in federal election | KitchenerToday
March 7, 2019
A Made-in-Canada Green New Deal | Future of Good
March 3, 2019
We are building a winning campaign in Kitchener Centre. Be part of it by volunteering, requesting a lawn sign, hosting a Kitchen Table Conversation, or making a donation. Sign up today to get involved!
VOLUNTEER: There are opportunities to get involved in all areas of the campaign - whether it’s for an afternoon of canvassing, or leadership role on the team. Here are a few ways to contribute:
Sign coordination and delivery
Amplifying Mike’s message on social media
Getting out the vote in October
Other campaign team roles, such as graphic design, photography, videography, admin support, office management, event planning and engagement with specific communities
HOST A KITCHEN TABLE CONVERSATION: Gather some friends, family and neighbours for an informal chat and meet-and-greet with Mike. You choose the time and place, whether it’s a porch party, a conversation over coffee, or an evening meet up, and Mike will be there to discuss the issues that matter to you.
GET A LAWN SIGN: Register your address and we’ll deliver a lawn sign to you as soon as the election is called (likely early September).
DONATE: Help us become a fully-funded campaign! Donate today to help bring Mike’s message to everyone in Kitchener Centre.