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NDP MPP Paul Miller receives unanimous consent for book of condolences to honour Hamilton soldier

QUEEN’S PARK — As all of Canada continues to reel from the awful act of brutality that shocked our nation’s capital yesterday, NDP MPP for Hamilton East- Stoney Creek Paul Miller called for unanimous consent to place a book of condolences for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in the Ontario legislature.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss yesterday of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment, who was one of my constituents, “ said Miller. “We are grateful for the brave men and women, like Corporal Cirillo, who give their lives in service to our country, something we share in common with all Ontarians.” 

Miller’s request for unanimous consent to have a book of condolences placed in the main lobby of the Legislative Building was granted. 

“All Ontarians are welcome to sign the book to pay our respects to this brave young father,” said Miller. 

The book has been placed in the main lobby and is now available to be signed by MPPs and the public.  

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on shooting in Ottawa

“New Democrats are shocked and saddened by this morning’s tragic events in Ottawa. My heart goes out to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed while standing guard at our National War Memorial.  Cpl. Cirillo bravely served with Hamilton's historic Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – the 91st Canadian Highlanders. His family, my community of Hamilton, and our country have suffered a great loss today. We will remember him for his service.

Statement from NDP MPP Monique Taylor on Ombudsman Investigation into Unlicensed Child Care

“Last year, I requested that the Ombudsman conduct an investigation into the government’s oversight of unlicensed child care. Today’s scathing report is deeply disturbing for parents like me. It reveals that this Liberal government has systematically failed to do its job to protect kids in unlicensed child care. This isn’t just about an old law that doesn’t work; it’s about a government that has put kids at risk through ‘years of bad administration and neglect,’ in the words of the Ombudsman. From complaints that go uninvestigated, to sloppy records and toothless inspections, it’s hard to see how the government could do a worse job.

New Democrats to call for referendum to approve sale of public assets in upcoming legislative session

Toronto – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath put the Liberals on notice that any sale of OLG, LCBO, Hydro One or OPG will have to be put to a referendum. 

“Our public assets don’t belong to the Liberals, Conservatives or any political party. They belong to the people of Ontario,” said Horwath. “If Kathleen Wynne is planning to sell-off any of these four important public assets, then Ontarians deserve to have their say. If the Premier wants to go down the privatization road then she must put it to a vote.”

Horwath said that New Democrats will introduce a motion in the upcoming legislative session calling for a referendum to approve any sale of OLG, LCBO, Hydro One or OPG.

Happy Thanksgiving from Andrea Horwath

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats I want wish families across the province a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Whether it’s Turkeys, pumpkins, cranberries or a glass of wine, Thanksgiving a wonderful opportunity to experience and enjoy the best bounty our province and our farmers have to offer. 

At the same time as many of us will be celebrating, let us remember that too many Ontarians are being left behind wondering how to make ends meet. That’s why New Democrats will keep working hard every day for a more fair Ontario, so that every family will have much to give thanks for.

From New Democrats to every Ontarian, Happy Thanksgiving!

Letter to Ombudsman from NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong on CBSA/MTO/OPP vehicle safety blitz

Dear Mr. Marin,

I am writing to request that you conduct an investigation into the practice and protocols of commercial vehicle safety blitzes involving the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), Ontario Ministries of Transportation and Environment, OPP and any other traffic safety agencies.

As you are aware, on August 14th between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. the CBSA, government ministries and the OPP jointly conducted a series of commercial vehicle safety blitzes in northwest Toronto that resulted in 21 individuals being detained and a number of them deported.

Statement on Mandate Letters by NDP Treasury Board and Finance Critic Catherine Fife

“The mandate letters released today are more about a Liberal public relations exercise than giving Ontarians any answers about their plan to cut public services and what public assets are on the chopping block. These mandate letters are heavy on spin and light on substance.

New Democrats will go through these letters with a fine-tooth comb, but let’s be honest, if the Liberals want to be open and transparent they should start with the basics:

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath Marks the Start of the High Holidays

"As Ontario’s Jewish Communities celebrate the New Year, I want to offer a Shana Tova!

"On Rosh Hashanah, New Democrats mark the new year with Ontario’s Jewish communities, and honour the beginning of the High Holidays.

"On behalf of Ontario's New Democrats,  I wish families and friends great happiness as they gather to celebrate this holy occasion. May your new year be filled with peace, prosperity and good health."

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the installation of Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor

“On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I want to extend my congratulations and welcome Elizabeth Dowdeswell, as Ontario’s third female Lieutenant Governor.  Her impressive track record of public service, education and the environment will help promote and represent our province on the national stage and internationally.  Ms. Dowdeswell will be a great role model for young girls in Ontario and will uphold the office with distinction and integrity.”

Another tragic death as government continues to delay regulations, MPP Fife

WATERLOO — With her community shaken by the news of another young man falling to his death while working at a Kitchener-Waterloo construction site, MPP Catherine Fife called on the Liberal government to finally enact long-delayed regulations to protect workers. 

Andrea Horwath's speech to Ontario NDP Council

Brothers and sisters, we’ve had a good conversation this morning about the election campaign.

What worked. What we could have done better. The lessons for next time.

In my report today I want to say a few words about this discussion we’ve been having in our party. Then I want to focus in on what we do about it – what we do in the next four years.

Horwath vows to fight sell-off of Ontario hydro system

Ontario is not for sale

Queen’s Park – Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, vowed to fight the privatization of Ontario's hydro system and campaign against the sell-off of public assets by the Liberals. Add your voice at www.ontariondp.ca/not_for_sale

 

Horwath Appoints new Chief of Staff and Principal Secretary

Queen’s Park - Today, Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath announced the appointment of Michael Balagus as new Chief of Staff and Principal Secretary at Queen’s Park. 

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Michael to Queen’s Park as our new Chief of Staff and Principal Secretary,” said Horwath. “I’m confident his knowledge and years of experience as a senior political advisor and manager will make him an invaluable addition to our team.”

Liberals fail to meet “achievable” child poverty target, says NDP’s DiNovo

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo called for real action, not empty announcements, as the Liberal government acknowledged its failure to cut child poverty by 25 percent.

“The Liberals failed to keep their promise to children and low-income families,” said DiNovo. “After all the talk from this Liberal government, it’s appalling that child poverty is actually increasing again in Toronto.”

Reality Check: Liberals fail to cut child poverty by 25 percent in five years

Six years after promising to cut child poverty by 25 percent, the Liberal government has failed to meet that target.

Here are the facts on the Liberal record:

Labour Day a reminder of past accomplishments and work ahead

Andrea Horwath at Toronto Labour Day

“Labour Day is upon us once again, and for many Ontarians, this is a day to celebrate, to spend time with our families, and to mark the many accomplishments of the labour movement that have made us a stronger province. Things like the minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, workplace safety, pensions and even the weekend.

“Labour Day is also a reminder of the work we still have ahead of us. It’s clear that this economy is not working for people and their families. Factories continue to close, and unemployment in this province remains stubbornly high. Our once strong, stable middle class is quickly becoming a class of precarious workers. Around the province, families are struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Statement on the third anniversary of Jack Layton’s passing

“Three years after his tragic death, Jack Layton continues to inspire Canadians across the country.

“Jack changed the face of Canadian politics, and reached out to Canadians from every walk of life. On this bittersweet anniversary, Ontario’s New Democrats join all Canadians to honour the achievements and celebrate the life of an inspiring mentor, and mark the too-soon passing of our dear friend.

“Let us honour Jack’s memory by heeding his call for love, hope and optimism each and every day.”

 

NDP Economic Development Critic calls for answers on Cisco deal

Ontario NDP Economic Development Critic Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls, called on the Liberals to release their full agreement with Cisco Canada following the company’s announcement it would be laying off 6,000 workers.