Statement by Ontario NDP Finance Critic Catherine Fife (MPP Kitchener-Waterloo) regarding Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Empowering Ontario” report

“According to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce nearly 4 in 10 businesses say that the cost of electricity is causing them to delay or cancel investments here in Ontario. That’s something New Democrats have heard over and over again from small and medium sized businesses across Ontario. The OCC’s own data shows that 80% of Ontarians are worried about how higher rates will impact their family budget and the economy’s well-being. If people think hydro rates are expensive now, Kathleen Wynne’s sell-off of Hydro One is going to send rates through the roof. Selling Hydro One won’t just mean young families are going to find it harder to pay their hydro bills, higher rates will also make it harder for business to grow and create good, stable jobs.

Kathleen Wynne needs to listen to the people who own Hydro One, and pull the plug on her Hydro One sell-off.”

Statement by Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, regarding the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games

“On behalf of New Democrats I’m thrilled to welcome those travelling from across the Americas, and around the world to the Greater Toronto Area, my community of Hamilton as well as the Niagara Region and Golden Horseshoe during the 17th Pan American Games.

Statement by Ontario NDP Environment, Climate Change and Energy Critic Peter Tabuns

Ontario NDP Environment, Climate Change and Energy Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement:

“Today’s report from the Interim Environment Commissioner is clear; the Liberal government will miss their 2020 emissions targets unless they take aggressive action.

Disturbing revelations mean Liberals must end the secrecy surrounding care for vulnerable children

MPP Monique Taylor calls for open public review to improve care, following damning investigation

Today, Monique Taylor, the Ontario NDP Critic for Children and Youth Services, demanded that the Liberal government end the secrecy surrounding serious incidents involving vulnerable children in care.

 “The number of serious incidents involving children in care is truly staggering,” said Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain. “The government has a job to make sure that kids in care are safe, but now we see that the Liberals have been turning a blind eye and letting down some of the most vulnerable children in our province. Today, the secrecy must end.”

Ontario NDP calls for open process on climate action

Queen’s Park – Today the Ontario NDP is calling on the Liberal government to give Ontarians input on its climate action plan, including their soon to be released cap and trade program, so that it will be fair, effective and transparent. 

“Costly failures like the smart meter program and gas plant scandals show just how wrong things can go when this Liberal government doesn’t listen, and it’s Ontario families who end up paying the price,” said Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

Hydro One sell-off studies and submissions being kept secret: Ontario NDP

Queen’s Park – Ontarians paid over $7.5 million to consultants and a government panel has received detailed studies of the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One, but Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are keeping the results of those studies from the public. The Liberals are also keeping expert submissions made to the Clark panel from the public. Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns, MPP Toronto-Danforth, is calling for their immediate release.

Canada Day Statement from Andrea Horwath

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I want to wish everyone across Ontario a very Happy Canada Day.

Statement by Ontario NDP Transportation Critic Wayne Gates (MPP Niagara Falls) regarding release of 2015 Winter Highway Maintenance Action Plan

“Privatizing winter road maintenance has put drivers in Ontario at risk all across the province. Everyone knows that in the winter it’s going to snow, and Ontarians deserve efficient and high quality snow-clearing to ensure our roads are safe.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath celebrates Pride

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I’m proud to celebrate Pride. 

Through June and July, in communities across our province, Ontarians will celebrate acceptance – The acceptance of all Ontarians regardless of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.

Just 35 years ago, Pride in Toronto began as a protest. It was a few thousand people rallying against discrimination toward the LGBTQ community. Now – this week – more than a million people, of all backgrounds, from all over the world descend on Toronto to participate in celebratory events.

Liberal cuts to hospitals forcing elderly patients to pay out-of-pocket: NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Today, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement:

“Our parents and grandparents are paying the price for Liberal cuts to our hospitals. When our seniors need care, they should be able to trust that our public hospitals and long-term care homes will meet their needs. But Liberal cuts are forcing overcrowded hospitals to find loopholes and making seniors pay for care out of their own pockets.

Horwath: Our loved ones deserve decent fresh meals when in Hospital

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says patients at Hamilton Health Sciences deserve meals that are fresh and locally prepared. On June 25, Hamilton Health Sciences Board of Directors will vote on a proposal to outsource food preparation from the hospital’s in-house kitchen, to factory production in Ottawa and the GTA.

“My mom and dad worked hard so my brothers, sister and I could enjoy good fresh home-cooked meals. It’s something I’ve passed on to my son. It’s tough enough when our loved ones are in hospital. They deserve healthy, fresh and locally prepared meals. Would the Premier really want her loved ones eating what amounts to frozen TV dinners? ” asked Horwath. “Kathleen Wynne should be supporting fresh food for patients and good jobs in our hospital kitchens, not cutting funding and forcing hospitals to truck in factory prepared food. It’s not too late for her to show that she thinks patients should come first.”


Statement by Andrea Horwath on National Aboriginal Day

New Democrats join with indigenous Ontarians to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.

Today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud legacy of Canada’s Indigenous people and the fundamental contributions of our First Peoples to our culture. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the injustices done to aboriginal people and to re-commit ourselves as a society to addressing these wrongs.

Statement from NDP GTA critic Cheri DiNovo on cycling deaths in Toronto

"In the last two weeks, three people were killed riding bikes in Toronto. Two of the incidents were hit-and-runs. This is appalling.

The hundreds of cyclists who demonstrated today at Toronto City Hall have made it clear that the growing number of road fatalities can’t be ignored.   


Statement from Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on the beginning of Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak!

New Democrats join with Muslims across Ontario as they begin celebrations for the month of Ramadan.

Statement from NDP Immigration Critic Teresa Armstrong on report into immigration detentions

"The report by the University of Toronto ‎should provoke shock and outrage at the deplorable conditions and neglect immigration detainees experience in Ontario. 

"New Democrats have raised the issue of this Liberal government’s role in the detention of immigrants before and received only silence back. I understand this is the same response the report's authors received - silence. Why won't Premier Wynne account for her government's leading role in detaining immigrants and others without status?

Liberals blow another $700,000 on privatization consultants without showing results to Ontarians

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Finance Critic Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo, is demanding the government explain another $700,000 paid to high-priced consultants working for the Clark panel. Earlier this spring New Democrats uncovered $6.823 million spent on consultants for the sell-off of Hydro One and changes to beer and wine.

“Kathleen Wynne just doesn’t get it. Life isn’t getting easier for middle class and struggling families, but it sure is for her powerful friends and her high-priced consultants,” said Fife. “Middle class families want to see their government investing in their priorities. Not blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants. It’s families who are paying the bill for these consultants. They should see what they’re paying for.”

ONDP joint statement on Grassy Narrows report

NDP jointstatement from Kenora-Rainy River MPP  Sarah Campbell and NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic France Gélinas on Grassy Narrows report

“Once again New Democrats join with members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation to call on this government to take responsibility and more importantly, take action on the over 40 recommendations made in the Human and Ecological Health report completed last December that only came to light this week.


NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh statement on Liberal government policing announcement

For months I and the Ontario NDP have been speaking out loud and clear on the need for a province wide ban on the practice known as carding, or "street checks" in some areas. 

People in Ontario are tired and simply don’t trust this Liberal Government’s flashy announcements.