Statement from Ontario NDP Children and Youth Services Critic on solitary confinement in Ontario youth justice facilities report

Monique Taylor, Ontario NDP Children and Youth Services Critic, issued the following statement in response to today’s report from the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

“New Democrats welcome the systemic review by the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of solitary confinement in Ontario youth justice facilities. The evidence is clear: children shouldn’t be held in solitary confinement for more than 24 hours. Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals need to act today and prohibit the practice of putting kids in solitary confinement for more than 24 hours.

While the report notes an overall decrease in the use of secure isolation across the province, it also highlights an immediate need for more to be done to protect children and youth in justice facilities - and in care. It’s not appropriate for youth to be spending up to 15 days in secure isolation especially given the documented mental health impacts such a placement has on a developing brain.


Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the Close of the TO 2015 ParaPan Am Games

“At the close of the TO 2015 Parapan Am Games I want to congratulate all of our Canadian athletes for their brilliant achievements on the track, in the water, and on the field. I also want to commend the performance of athletes, teams, coaching and support staff from every participating nation. Without the dedication of hard-working volunteers and the support of fans these games could never have been possible. You came together in the best spirit of competition and led by example.  Thank you and congratulations on your success.”

Statement by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on India Independence Day

Ontario New Democrats are happy to join with Indo-Canadians in Ontario to celebrate 68 years of an independent India. Just as the flag will be raised over the Red Fort in Delhi, flags with be raised in celebration all across Ontario. 

Statement by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on Pakistan Independence Day

Today, New Democrats across the province join with Ontarians of Pakistani descent in celebrating Independence Day. On this day in 1947 Pakistan became an independent and sovereign nation.

Statement by NDP Pensions Critic Jennifer French (MPP, Oshawa) regarding ORPP announcement

“Ontarians work hard every day, and New Democrats believe they deserve to have retirement security.

Unfortunately today, while attempting to “clarify” the details of the ORPP, Kathleen Wynne focused on telling Ontarians who will be left out of their plan. She didn’t have any answers for families and workers who want to know what this plan will mean for them.

Elizabeth Van Houtte nominated Ontario NDP candidate for Simcoe North by-election

The Simcoe North NDP have nominated Elizabeth Van Houtte to be the Ontario NDP candidate for the upcoming by-election in the riding of Simcoe North.  


Statement by NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic France Gelinas (MPP, Nickel Belt) regarding cuts to medical residency places

“Kathleen Wynne promised that ‘every Ontarian [would have] access to a primary care provider,’ however, nearly a million Ontario families still don’t have a family physician. The Liberals are now making the problem worse by reducing the number of new doctors available to treat our loved ones, and they’re doing it without consulting a single patient or physician.

Statement by NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky, MPP Windsor West, regarding Community Hubs

“New Democrats have long supported the idea of turning schools into community hubs, and as such, I welcome the report from Karen Pitre in this regard. However, I find the contradictions of Premier Wynne and her Liberal government hard to ignore. On one hand they say they want to create community hubs, but at the same time they have been rapidly closing schools, even going so far as to change the process to close schools faster and stifle community input.


Statement by ONDP Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh on Hydro One

The government’s own polling data shows what New Democrats have been hearing from concerned Ontarians in town halls and community meetings across the province. An overwhelming majority of Ontarians –three quarters of all those surveyed– do not want Hydro One sold off to private interests.

Letter from NDP Finance Critic Catherine Fife to Finance Minister Sousa about further Asset Sales

Dear Minister Sousa,

As the wheels continue to turn on the Liberal plan to sell-off Hydro One, Ontarians deserve to know what your plans are in relation to further possible asset sales.  Will your government be selling more public assets, or will you leave Ontarians in the dark as you did with the selloff of Hydro One.


Open Letter from MPP Peggy Sattler regarding the cancellation of the Ontario Self-Employed Benefit Program

July 27, 2015

Dear Minister Moridi,

I am writing to urge you to reconsider your ministry’s sudden and arbitrary cancellation of the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit program (OSEB), which is slated to take effect March 31, 2016. Since the cancellation of the program was announced in May, 2015, I have spoken to many people in my community and across the province who understand the value of OSEB in creating jobs and growing the local economy.

Statement by Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky

Windsor – Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky issued the following statement:

 “The Premier and her Minister of Education have shown little interest in reaching an agreement with teachers for almost a year. At today’s meeting with education sector representatives, Kathleen Wynne claimed that she wants to see all parties back at the negotiating table, but it’s clear that she still refuses to intervene and protect current class size caps in classrooms. The Premier has a responsibility to protect and enhance students’ learning experience across the province. Students and families are already feeling the impact of more than a decade of chronic underfunding of education by the Premier and her government. They deserve better. ”

Premier and Minister must take responsibility for abysmal state of residential care in Ontario

HAMILTON – NDP Children and Youth Services Critic Monique Taylor (MPP, Hamilton Mountain) released the following statement in response to inquest findings that animals had been removed from the residence in which Guy Mitchell and a eleven-year-old girl with autism were residing months prior to his death:

Statement from NDP LGBTQ critic on BC Liberals' opposition to trans rights protections

TORONTO — NDP LGBTQ critic Cheri DiNovo released the following statement on trans rights protections in British Columbia: 

"B.C. trans people deserve the same explicit protections as Ontario trans people. The B.C. NDP bill to add 'gender identity and expression' to the B.C. Human Rights Code deserves the support of the B.C. Liberal government. 

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the retirement of MPP Garfield Dunlop

“On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I want to thank Garfield Dunlop for his work on behalf of the people he has represented over more than 30 years in public life. While we may not always agree on the issues, we respect Mr. Dunlop’s decades of hard work on behalf of the people of Simcoe North and the province of Ontario. We wish him all the best in his retirement and hope he gets the time to spend with his family that he so richly deserves.

Statement regarding ongoing secrecy in residential care review by Ontario NDP Critic for Children and Youth Services Monique Taylor

“It has been over three weeks since Ontarians were led to believe that the Minister would announce a closed door panel to review Ontario’s broken residential care system, and two weeks since the first media report described a shocking number of serious incidents involving vulnerable children in care. Where is the urgency when it comes to the needs and well-being of children in care in residential settings?

Statement by Andrea Horwath on Eid al-Fitr

As-salaamu alaykum. Kul’am wa antum bi khair.

Ontario New Democrats are proud to join with Muslims across Ontario, across Canada, and across the world as you break your fasts and celebrate the joyous conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr is a special time to come together in our communities – to gather with family and friends in the spirit of unity, forgiveness and charity.

Liberal government must keep its promise for a new hospital in Windsor and Essex County: NDP MPPs

WINDSOR – Today, NDP MPPs Lisa Gretzky, Percy Hatfield, and Taras Natyshak vowed to keep up the pressure on the Liberal government to approve a new hospital and satellite facilities for Windsor and Essex County, as the project’s preferred site locations were officially unveiled.

Over the past fourteen months, the volunteer subcommittee developed a proposal for a new single-site acute care hospital, a main satellite facility on the site of the former Grace Hospital, and enhanced mental health services at the Tayfour and Ouellette campuses. The plan is now waiting for approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.