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. 

Statement by Andrea Horwath regarding anti-Sikh flyers

"The racist propaganda circulating in Brampton is deeply disturbing. My fellow New Democrats and I reject these attempts to divide the community. The people of Brampton showed they were ready to lead the way when they elected MPP Jagmeet Singh to be the first turbaned Sikh to sit in the legislature. Today, I stand with Jagmeet and every member of the community in condemning these acts of hate.”   

Letter: Andrea Horwath calls for Auditor General Review of the Liberal fiscal plan

Today Ontario New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath said it's time to take stock of the province's books and called on Premier Wynne to support an independent review of the Liberal fiscal plan by the Auditor General. 

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Canada Day

People across Ontario and across Canada will be getting together today to celebrate Canada Day. On behalf of Ontario's New Democrats I want to wish you all a happy Canada Day, as we celebrate our country's 147th birthday.

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the appointment of Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., as Ontario's next Lieutenant Governor

"I want to extend my congratulations to Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., on her appointment to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. I know she will uphold the office with integrity. Ms. Dowdeswell has an impressive track record of public service across Canada and abroad. To Ms. Dowdeswell: I would like to to welcome you to your new role and wish you all the best on behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the Honourable David C. Onley, O Ont., for his years of dedicated service to the people of Ontario as Lieutenant Governor."

Horwath’s New Democrats will not let the Liberals off the hook

QUEEN'S PARK — Andrea Horwath and her team are set for the return of the legislature and getting down to the job of holding government accountable, the leader of Ontario’s New Democrats said.  

“We won’t let the Liberals off the hook,” she insisted.

Thank You


Thank you.

Thank you to the more than 1 million Ontarians who voted for the NDP.

Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who knocked on doors, hammered in signs and made hundreds of phone calls.

Thank you to everyone who donated.

Thank you to the many candidates who put their name forward, in our party and in others.

Op-Ed: Horwath says Kathleen Wynne is campaigning on fear

I understand why Kathleen Wynne is campaigning on fear.

It is because courage has a way of becoming infectious, of spreading from person to person, of becoming irresistible if it is not suppressed.

I recall vividly the first time I organized a Take-Back-The-Night march in Hamilton how courage coursed through the crowd as we took strength from one another and took back the streets.

I can feel the same thing when people in Parkdale and Davenport go door-to-door organizing against Liberal plans to run up to 450 dirty diesel trains through their neighbourhoods, polluting back yards and school yards.

I feel it when people organize to take back Toronto’s waterfront and block Liberal plans to allow jet planes to land on the lakefront; mega casinos to blight the cityscape; or the Ontario Municipal Board to bulldoze communities.


TORONTO – Today, a group of progressive Toronto City Councillors joined together to endorse Toronto-area NDP candidates, saying that New Democrats can be counted on as allies in Queen’s Park on the issues that matter most to the city. 

“We need a strong team of New Democrats in Queen’s Park, a team that shares our values and is committed to social justice not just during campaigns, but when the time comes to do the hard work of achieving it,” said Councillor Janet Davis.

Councillors cited NDP MPPs’ strong record of delivering for Toronto: “When we needed to come together to fight the downtown casino, the Toronto New Democrat MPPs were our strongest allies,” said Councillor Mike Layton.

Ed Broadbent's Statement Regarding the Ontario General election

OTTAWA- Partisan debate is one thing, but by invoking my name in weekend speeches and articles to attack Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP, Kathleen Wynne has gone beyond the pale.

Let no one doubt: I fully support Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP.

Ed Broadbent
Former Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada.

Horwath welcomes Conservative voters who just can’t back Hudak’s plan

MILTON –Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario New Democrats, campaigned in Milton today delivering a clear message that voters can trust New Democrats to bring change that makes sense, no matter who they supported in the last election.

“Kathleen Wynne can’t run away from the Liberal record of corruption, and that’s why she can’t stop Tim Hudak. If you used to vote Conservative, but you don’t trust Tim Hudak’s plan to throw 100,000 people out of work, you can vote New Democrat for change that makes sense,” said Horwath.  “New Democrats are committed to cleaning up Queen’s Park and investing in the fundamentals: creating jobs, making life more affordable, and improving healthcare.”

Horwath to clean up corruption and increase accountability in first 30 days

NIAGARA - Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario New Democrats, says her first priority as Premier will be cleaning up corruption and bringing accountability to Queen’s Park with legislation that will strengthen the ban on partisan advertising and give the Ontario Ombudsman expanded oversight to protect the public interest.

“Families are struggling to make ends meet, and we should be spending money on their priorities like creating jobs, lowering hydro bills and cutting ER waits. Instead, for 10 years we’ve had a Liberal party that put themselves first while people fell behind,” said Horwath. “If we’re going to deliver for families, we have to clean up Queen’s Park.”

Horwath wins debate with a clear case for change that makes sense

TORONTO – In tonight’s leaders’ debate, New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath presented a clear choice for Ontarians tired of Liberal corruption and a plan from Tim Hudak that just doesn’t make sense. Andrea Horwath laid out her clear vision for change that makes sense by rewarding real job creators, cutting ER waits, lowering hydro and auto insurance bills, and cleaning up government so it can invest in people’s priorities.

Horwath put Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals on the defensive reminding Ontario voters of the Liberal record of scandal and corruption: “The corruption in the Liberal party runs deep. It continues to raise its head over and over,” said Horwath.

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New NDP ad highlights voters making a real choice

TORONTO—Ontario’s New Democrats released a new advertisement featuring Ontarians who are tired of Liberal corruption and want someone they can trust to clean up Queen’s Park are switching their vote to Andrea Horwath and the NDP.

“People have a choice for change that makes sense in this campaign. They don’t have to choose between Liberal corruption and Conservative plans that to throw one hundred thousand people out of work. They can vote for a Premier who will respect their priorities,” said Jagmeet Singh, NDP candidate for Bramalea-Gore-Malton.