Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath Marks World AIDS Day

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement to mark World Aids Day.

“On World AIDS Day New Democrats join with our fellow Ontarians, and citizens around the world, to celebrate the incredible progress made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Together we must strive to eliminate the stigma, and all forms of discrimination, for those living with HIV/AIDS. All levels of government must work with care givers, medical professionals, and members of the community, to increase awareness, to improve education, and to identify and address funding gaps in in the fight against this disease.  Ontario must continue do its part in in the global struggle to beat HIV/AIDS once and for all. ” 

Open letter from NDP MPP Peter Tabuns to the Minister of Education on upholding students’ rights

Dear Minister Sandals:

I am writing today to urge you to stand up and protect the right of all Ontario students to promote awareness and respect for people of all sexual orientations.

Recently, two Grade 6 students in Ottawa, who were assigned a class project on social justice, chose to focus on the topic of gay rights. Their decision was based on a desire to raise awareness and tackle derogatory comments amongst their peers. In so doing, they demonstrated remarkable maturity and leadership.

NDP will continue working for the people of Sudbury at Queen’s Park

Sudbury –NDP MPPs France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin) announced they will ensure Sudbury’s voices will continue to be heard at Queen’s Park, and that the constituency office will remain open to serve the people of Sudbury.

Stop rewarding workplace safety violators: NDP MPP Gates

QUEEN'S PARK — Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates called for a end to a Ontario Workplace Safety Board (WSIB) program that rewards companies convicted of health and safety violations.

Statement by Joe Cimino

Sudbury—Today I am making an announcement that I am sure will be a huge surprise to the community.  After much reflection and thought, I have decided to resign my position as a Sudbury MPP as of end of day today.   

I have been asked several times in the past how I was able to balance my public obligations as a City Councilor with my family life. Even though it was difficult to do, I was able to be there for my young children, wife and extended family while still serving my community with complete dedication.  Unfortunately the pendulum has swung too far to one side in the last several months.  Simply, for my personal health wellness, and more importantly the well being of my family I must resign my seat in the Provincial Legislature. 

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s statement on the resignation of Joe Cimino

Queen’s Park – “It is with great sadness that I have received Joe Cimino’s resignation as the Member for Sudbury.  I know this is a tough decision, but Joe is doing what’s best for his personal health and well-being of his family.   He’s been a valuable member of our caucus, a local champion for his community, and is a dedicated husband and father to two young daughters.

On behalf of our entire caucus, I want to thank Joe for all his hard work and support, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”

Ontario New Democrats leading charge for $15 per day childcare in Ontario

Today, Ontario New Democrats were able to pass a motion calling on Ontario to support a universal plan for $15 per day childcare. The leadership of Ontario New Democrats has ensured that Ontario officially endorsesthe $15 a day child care plan put forward by Tom Mulcair and the federal NDP.

Horwath Earns Resounding Vote of Confidence from Delegates at Convention Ontario NDP Leader Charts a Plan Forward for a Fairer and More Progressive Ontario

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath received a resounding endorsement of 77% from party delegates, increasing on her 2012 result, as she delivered a bold plan for strengthening healthcare, improving childcare and protecting the environment.

“I’m grateful for today’s vote of confidence and the continuing trust of my party as we move forward together in our determination to build a fairer and more progressive Ontario.”

Record turnout for Ontario NDP convention

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s excited about this weekend’s provincial convention as party members from across the province come together to map out a path forward for the party.

“This weekend, New Democrats from across Ontario will debate issues, share ideas, talk about the future of our party and chart a way forward to building a better province,” said Horwath.  “Party members play an important role in shaping the direction of the Ontario NDP. This convention will be a launching pad for the next four years as we put forward a vision for a more inclusive and progressive province.”

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the Passing of Julie Davis

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement on the passing of Julie Davis:

"New Democrats mourn the passing of our sister Julie Davis. Julie was a passionate believer in social democracy and a legend in the labour movement. She fiercely defended working people across our province and stood as a role model for countless young women and men. Over the course of her long career as an activist, and as a labour leader in CUPE and the OFL, she earned the respect of her friends and colleagues by showing grit, compassion, intelligence and the rare ability to bring people together. We are especially proud of her work as an organizer and as chair of the 1990 election planning committee – an election which the NDP won. We are grateful for her leadership as president of our party. Julie understood that when it comes to politics people must come first. We will miss you Julie."

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Remembrance Day

Queen’s Park – On Remembrance Day Canadians wear the poppy to honour all of the brave men and women who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace.

Statement by Andrea Horwath on the 30th anniversary of November 1984

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats I want to recognize the 30th anniversary of November 1984. I want to extend our thoughts to everyone touched by the violence against thousands of Sikhs.

Ontario should follow Quebec’s lead and conduct provincial environmental assessment of Energy East: NDP MPP Tabuns

TORONTO — NDP Energy critic Peter Tabuns praised last week’s unanimous decision of the Quebec National Assembly to demand a provincial environmental assessment of the proposed Energy East oil pipeline project, and urged the Ontario government to follow Quebec’s lead.

Liberals refuse communities outside Toronto input on child care laws

Queen’s Park – Today NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson said the Liberal government used time allocation measures to prevent  communities outside Toronto from having their say on pending childcare legislation after the Liberals voted against an NDP amendment that would have allowed public input outside the city.

“You said you were going to engage the public in the decisions that face this Legislature. How can you not allow people outside of the city to have their say on very important bills?” said Bisson.


Liberals and PCs vote for asset sales: NDP

Queen’s Park – Today, Liberal and PC Members voted together to preserve the status quo and ensure that public assets could be sold on a whim. New Democrats moved an Opposition Day Motion which would protect public assets and stop any political party from running roughshod over public opposition. By defeating the motion, the Liberals and PCs made it clear they wanted the door left open to privatizing public assets by fiat.

“Our shared public assets are owned by Ontarians. They’re not owned by any political party of any stripe. Today the Liberals and PCs voted to treat our shared public assets like political party piggy banks,” said Horwath. “Ontarians deserve the opportunity to say ‘no’ to the Liberal privatization or sale of our shared public assets. As we speak the Liberals are getting ready to privatize the Hydro One Distribution assets and local hydro utilities without even asking the people who own them. That’s not right.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the funeral of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

“Today was a tough day for me and many Canadians.  The funeral of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was heartbreaking.  Our city and country came together to honour and pay tribute to a brave young man and to support the family he left behind.  

“The outpouring of support in response to this tragedy made me proud to be a Hamiltonian.  The strength and resilience of our community is an inspiration.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to those at the historic Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) not only for today's moving military service, but to their loyal and courageous service to our country for over 110 years.

“Today, Hamiltonians stood in solidarity with our fellow Canadians, with heavy hearts, to say thank you to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We will never forget his service or sacrifice.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Hamilton’s municipal election

“On behalf of Ontario New Democrats, I would like to congratulate mayor-elect Fred Eisenberger, new and returning city councillors and school board trustees.  Hamiltonians are known for working hard, and this municipal campaign was no exception. 

I was encouraged to see our new council is more reflective of our city’s diversity. This is an exciting time for Hamilton that will only make our city stronger.   

Hamilton will be a more inclusive, progressive and vibrant city with the hard work and leadership of this new city council.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Toronto’s municipal election

“On behalf of Ontario New Democrats, I would like to congratulate mayor-elect John Tory, new and returning city councillors and school board trustees. It was a long and grueling campaign, but now the hard work begins.

“It's time for real, progressive change in Toronto: change that will focus on better transit, more childcare spaces, affordable housing, creating new jobs and breaking the cycle of poverty. 

“We want to build up Toronto, not cut valuable services.  Yesterday, Torontonians elected numerous progressive city councillors and school board trustees.  With their hard work and leadership, Toronto will be a more inclusive and vibrant city.”