Today, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich announced their funding commitment to keep the Huron Central Railway rolling in order to protect and create good jobs in the Sault.
'Huron Central's line to Sudbury is how Essar gets Sault products to market,' said Krmpotich. 'Without it, hundreds of jobs will be lost. I'm proud to say that the NDP won't let that happen.'
Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park and NDP Critic for GTA Issues, is standing with Parkdale tenants on rent strike, and calling on AIMCo to immediately stop issuing evictions notices and the Liberal government to immediately address the housing crisis unfolding in her riding in Parkdale.
“I will not stand by while my neighbours and constituents are pushed out of their homes and their communities.” said DiNovo. “Kathleen Wynne must act immediately to protect tenants from eviction.”
The NDP says years of cuts and underfunding by Lberal and Conservative governments have led to health care wait times that are too long in the Sault – and it's time to turn that around with a voice that will fight for more resources.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 90 per cent of admitted patients wait as long as 53 hours in the Sault Area Hospital ER for a hospital bed. Sault's hospital is the second most crowded hospital in Ontario, according to numbers revealed by a recent Globe and Mail article.
A new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms that Premier Kathleen Wynne's Hydro borrowing scheme will cause Hydro bills to soar. Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns said the report shows that Wynne’s plan is even costlier than feared, and is about saving Liberal seats at the expense of everyone who pays a hydro bill.
'We thank the Financial Accountability Officer, Stephen LeClair, for his work and urge Kathleen Wynne to see it as a big red flag,' said NDP Energy critic MPP Peter Tabuns. 'The cost to everyday families and businesses across Ontario with this plan is far too high.”
On the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, Ontario’s New Democrats join with Ontario’s South Asian community, and all Canadians, to remember this dark chapter in Canada’s history.
When the Komagata Maru landed in Vancouver 103 years ago, 352 passengers – largely Sikh – fleeing British colonial rule in India were refused entry to Canada, and refused even basic necessities such as food and water. The decision to refuse to help these passengers seeking refuge and a better life was the result of exclusionary laws designed to keep immigrants of Asian origin and descent out of Canada.
Peter Tabuns NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth) issued the following statement.
“Social housing is at a crisis point in the city of Toronto, and in communities across the province, because Premier Wynne refuses to provide provincial support to clear the repair backlog.
Today southwestern Ontario NDP MPPs Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe), Peggy Sattler (London West), Lisa Gretzky (Windsor West), Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh), Taras Natyshak (Essex), Catherine Fife (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls, ONDP Transportation Critic) issued the following joint statement on the Liberal high speed rail announcement:
Premier Wynne may make promises when it comes to our transportation infrastructure, but is always light on action. Although today's announcement was actually a re-announcement, it could be a step in the right direction and we have high hopes for this environmental assessment, but people in our communities are wondering today whether this is just another hollow election promise.
NDP critical of Conservatives support for hydro privatization
Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich urged the people of Sault Ste. Marie to have their voices heard on the Wynne Liberals' hydro borrowing scheme, which Ontario now knows will cause hydro bills to soar.
Today, a bill from Welland MPP Cindy Forster designed to protect vulnerable adults and seniors in Supportive Living Accommodations (SLAs) passed a critical vote in the legislature.
Forster’s bill, the Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, would put in place licensing rules for privately operated SLAs, as well as increased protections to prevent mistreatment of vulnerable high-risk adults and seniors living in this type of housing. Included among the safeguards proposed in Forster's bill is a provision that would require housing providers to be provincially licensed in order to collect ODSP cheques and other types of support payments on a resident’s behalf.
During question period on Thursday, the NDP’s health critic, France Gélinas, demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne give Toronto the funds needed to save lives and stop the growing opioid crisis. Wynne is holding back money the Toronto Board of Health needs.
“Ontario is in the midst of an opioid crisis that demands urgent action,” said Gélinas. “People are losing their lives, every day, on the streets of this city.”
During question period on Thursday, Cheri DiNovo, the NDP’s LGBTQ issues critic, demanded that the Wynne government abide by the Ontario Human Rights code and allow Ontarians the right to correct their sex designation on their birth certificate.
“Joshua M. Ferguson is a queer non-binary person who has applied to change their sex designation on their birth certificate,” said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park.
Ontario’s New Democrats are a part of the global movement against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia because we believe no one should ever be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. In Ontario, and around the world, everyone deserves to be safe, tofeel safe, and to be empowered to freely express themselves.
Taking time to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the realities that members of the LGBTQ2 community continue to face, especially at a time when divisive politics seems to be on the rise.
Kathleen Wynne is about to enact a plan that will cause hydro bills to soar for decades, and the public isn’t even being given time to weigh in. That’s why the NDP is calling for the legislative session to be extended by at least one week.
Today, Wynne’s Liberals will force through a motion that will limit debate, and cut the window for public hearings down to a meagre six-hour window.
During question period on Tuesday, NDP health critic France Gélinas called out Premier Kathleen Wynne for failing Ontarians living with diabetes by excluding them from provincial drug coverage. The NDP has proposed the first universal Pharmacare plan, which will provide drug coverage for all Ontarians, regardless of age or income.
Gélinas participated in an Ontario round table organised by Diabetes Canada on Tuesday, where she found that their number one issue was access to medications and supplies.
During question period on Tuesday, Monique Taylor, the NDP critic for children and youth services, called on the Wynne government to hold a mandatory inquest each time a child under its care dies, after several children and youth living in foster and group homes died over the last six months.
In February, fire swept through a foster home near Lindsay, killing 14-year-old Kassy Finbow and Andrea Reid, one of the caregivers.
Today during question period, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded to know why the Wynne Liberals are ramming through their $40 billion hydro borrowing scheme when they know it will threaten jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province.
Horwath told the legislature about Steve and Lucy Fronzi, business owners in the Sault who employ over 50 people in their community. They already pay over $10,000 every month for hydro, and if their bills go up any further, they may have to cut back on staff.
Prior to announcing that he will enter the federal NDP leadership contest, NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramlea-Gore-Malton), spoke with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath about his intentions. They agreed to an adjustment of his caucus duties consistent with the rules federal NDP caucus members seeking the leadership are required to meet.
Singh will step down as Deputy Leader for the duration of the Federal NDP Leadership campaign.
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new hydro deal will cause hydro bills to soar – which is why the NDP will vote against the Liberal borrowing bill.
Last week, leaked secret documents from Wynne’s cabinet showed that the Liberal government’s plan to borrow billions of dollars will cause electricity bills to shoot up sharply after the election, as ratepayers will be forced to pay back billions, plus interest.
Disgusted by documents showing the Wynne Liberals will dump the cost of their hydro borrowing scheme on Ontarians’ hydro bills, the NDP is asking the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) to investigate – and demanding that Wynne cooperate.
The NDP’s request for an FAO evaluation comes just after the leak of confidential Liberal cabinet documents that show hydro bills would shoot up sharply in just four years to pay back money the Liberals plan to borrow.
During question period Thursday, NDP health critic France Gélinas demanded to know why Premier Kathleen Wynne is refusing to cover medication for Ontarians over the age of 24.
Gélinas told the legislature about Sarah, a 27-year old worker and student from Norwich, Ontario who needs medication for a serious eye condition.
Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement in response documents leaked by a whistleblower that suggest hydro rates will soar as a result of the Liberal government’s hydro scheme.
“By ignoring Ontarians and selling off the majority stake of Hydro One earlier this week, and plowing ahead with a bizarre borrowing scheme, Kathleen Wynne is causing already-high hydro rates to soar.
During question period Thursday, MPP Cheri DiNovo, the NDP’s urban transit critic demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne commit to funding the Relief Line subway for Toronto.
“The Mayor of Toronto and the TTC say that the Relief Line must be built before the Yonge line extension, or else there will be transit chaos. But the premier seems to be more interested in saving Liberal seats north of Toronto than funding a subway project that transit experts say must come first,” said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park.
Ontario NDP Leader addressed delegates at the Federation Of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) conference Thursday, telling delegates she believes that investment in the north is critical to the success and prosperity of the province.
“Northern Ontario deserves real investment, a real future, and a government that’s actually working with you to make life better for everyone who lives here,” said Horwath. “I know that when we invest in the north, the whole province benefits.
Wednesday during question period, Ontario NDP Health critic MPP France Gélinas demanded answers from Premier Kathleen Wynne regarding the tragic case of 87 year old Ralfina Dillerop of Brampton, Ontario.
Dillerop waited five long days in the Emergency Department at Brampton Civic Hospital, Ontario’s busiest ER, before finally being admitted to a bed. She subsequently passed away while receiving treatment at the hospital.
Tuesday during her pit-stop in Sault Ste. Marie, Premier Kathleen Wynne, after being pushed by journalists, tried to claim that money for the Ring of Fire development was available, ignoring the truth: that there isn’t a single dollar for the Ring of Fire in her 2017-18 budget.
“Wynne is up to her old tricks,” NDP Northern Development and Mines critic Michael Mantha said in question period Wednesday. “She only talked about the Ring of Fire in the Sault after being forced to, there’s no money in her budget this year, and we still haven’t seen one shovel in the ground. People can’t trust what she says anymore.”
During question period on Tuesday, Lisa Gretzky, NDP MPP for Windsor West, demanded that the Wynne government begin helping thousands of adults with developmental disabilities, and their families, by increasing funding for supportive programs and housing.
Gretzky, the NDP's critic for community and social services, raised the struggles of 16-year-old Abdullah Yar Khan and his family. Khan, who lives in Windsor, has severe autism and his family is struggling to care for him without the necessary supports.
During question period on Tuesday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath blasted Premier Kathleen Wynne for ignoring the vast majority of Ontarians and businesses who want her to stop hiking already sky-high hydro bills by further privatizing Hydro One.
“Families, business owners, municipalities, NGOs – they have all told the premier, loud and clear to stop this wrong-headed sell-off,” Horwath said.
Ontario NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich issued the following statement about the further privatization of Hydro One, announced late Monday.
'Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals are now giving up the province's majority stake in Hydro One. Premier Wynne clearly doesn't understand how people are hurting as a result of the damage she's already done to our hydro system -- including families and businesses here in Sault Ste. Marie.
Oshawa NDP MPP Jennifer French called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to address ballooning hospital wait times during question period on Monday.
French shared the story of Steve Borders, an Oshawa man who injured his shoulder and has spent the past five months in relentless pain, but still hasn’t received a date for his surgery.
To mark the beginning of Nursing Week 2017, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement calling for a moratorium on nursing cuts and any further layoffs of health care workers:
“Ontario’s nurses are healthcare champions. New Democrats, and all Ontarians, owe a debt of gratitude to nurses for their concern and care, advocacy, and professionalism.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath joined Toronto Mayor John Tory on a tour of the Bleecker Street Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) development on Monday. The building is just one of many social housing developments in need of urgent repair, but the new Liberal budget fails to commit badly needed funding for social housing.
Horwath repeated her promise to Tory and the people of Toronto: if the NDP forms government in 2018, the province will pay its fair share for social housing repairs. An NDP government would fund its share of a one-third split between provincial, federal and municipal governments.
Wages are down and Ontario had 13,800 fewer full-time jobs in April compared to just one month earlier, according to the newest labour force survey data from Statistics Canada.
With about 12,000 less secure, part-time jobs created, the numbers paint a picture of Ontario being driven into a lower-wage economy at the same time as the cost of living is skyrocketing.
Kitchener-Waterloo NDP MPP Catherine Fife issued the following open letter to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles, calling for answers on massive privacy breach.
Hon. Tracy MacCharles, MPP
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
900 Bay St, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
On Thursday, Jamie-Lee Ball – a patient turned patient-advocate after a horrific experience in an Ontario hospital – joined NDP Leader Andrea Horwath at Queen’s Park to fight for an end to hallway medicine. Together, they called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to make it a priority to undo the damage she’s done in hospitals.
On March 25, Ball was rushed to Brampton Civic Hospital with internal bleeding, where she was left on a stretcher in a hallway for five days.
“I’m pleased to hear that after two days of strong advocacy and immense pressure by the City of Toronto and Toronto residents, the Liberals have decided to reverse their planned funding cut to Toronto Public Library.
As we’ve made clear in the legislature over the last two days, the NDP is strongly in support of reversing this Wynne Liberal funding cut. Libraries are community hubs that deliver important programs and services for people – like children’s reading programs, English classes for new Canadians, and the collection, digitization and preservation of historic materials.
NDP Finance Critic John Vanthof says the Liberal budget is failing millions of Ontarians who desperately need access to medication.
“Tracey from Newmarket saw the NDP pharmacare announcement on TV and called us to tell us her story and what pharmacare would mean to her. She spent two years without benefits, first taking care of an ill relative and then working part-time without benefits. She has diabetes and high-cholesterol,” said Vanthof this morning during question period. “Her prescriptions cost $300 per month. Paying for these medications put her into credit card debt that she’s still struggling to pay off.”
During question period Wednesday, Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns, demanded to know why Premier Kathleen Wynne did nothing to control corporate housing speculators in her 2017 budget, and nothing to help families get into their first home.
“The cost of a house is still skyrocketing. The budget doesn't have a single mechanism to help people buy a home,” Tabuns said.
On Wednesday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath visited Peterborough to discuss her plan for Ontario’s first universal Pharmacare program, stopping at the YMCA to talk with participants of The Lung Association's Fitness for Breath program for people with chronic lung diseases.
“Many people in Peterborough go without the medications they need because they have been driven to the breaking point by costs that just keep going up, for everything from turning on the lights to paying for their mortgage and rent,” Horwath said.
SAULT STE. MARIE -- NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich welcomed Wednesday's news that the Sault Ste. Marie byelection has been called for June 1 – and said the campaign will be all about good jobs for the Sault – especially for young people.
'Joe has spent his career fighting for working families in the Sault,' said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. 'It's time Sault Ste. Marie people had a real voice at Queen's Park; and his tireless focus on bringing jobs to his community is truly inspiring.'
Today in the legislature, NDP GTA Issues critic and MPP for Parkdale-High Park, Cheri DiNovo, asked the Wynne Liberals to reverse their drastic funding cut to the Toronto Public Library.
“Yesterday, the Liberals defended cutting 20% from Toronto public libraries. The government says that the library’s digital archives project isn’t being used,” said DiNovo. “Actually, the fact is, usage is up.”
During question period Tuesday, Michael Mantha, the NDP’s critic for Northern Development and Mines, denounced the Wynne government for abandoning northern families and communities counting on the Ring of Fire.
Premier Kathleen Wynne did not allocate a single dollar in the budget to the job-creating and economy-building development.
During question period Tuesday, the NDP’s environment critic, Peter Tabuns, demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne respect the people of Grassy Narrows and clean up the mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River, after Wynne’s 2017 budget left out any mention of it, or of Grassy Narrows.
“The people of Grassy Narrows have been suffering from mercury poisoning for over 40 years,” said Tabuns. “After the premier met with Chief Fobister of Grassy Narrows, in February, Chief Fobister and the media reported that she committed to cleaning up the mercury contamination at Grassy Narrows.
The City of Toronto has learned that Premier Kathleen Wynne is cutting funding to Toronto Public Library by 20 per cent – a move that drew strong criticism from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in Tuesday’s question period.
“Libraries are great equalizers,” said Horwath during question period. “The government is cutting funding to the Toronto Public Library – funding that’s being used to provide internet hot spots for low income people, funding that gives kids access to books, and funding that allows new Canadians to take language classes.
During question period Monday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath questioned Premier Kathleen Wynne on her decision to completely ignore the people of Toronto, and their housing and transit priorities, with her 2017-18 budget.
“Toronto set out some clear priorities for the budget,” Horwath said. “People living in Toronto Community Housing need help, and the mayor asked that the province join with the city to provide that help. People relying on the TTC need an improved transit system and the mayor asked the province to join the city to provide that system.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement on Mental Health Awareness Week, and the refusal of the Wynne government to commit funding to children and youth mental health care:
“Mental health care is health care.
On International Workers’ Day and everyday, Ontario’s New Democrats are in solidarity with Ontario’s workers. Together, we recognize and celebrate the historic achievements of Canada’s labour movement, and reaffirm our commitment to improving the lives of all workers.
Today, as Ontario families are working harder than ever to put food on the tables, heat their homes, and plan for their futures, we know that more must be done to secure a bright future for all Ontarians.
Despite the challenges working families in Ontario face, the Wynne Liberal government and Conservative opposition have privatized public assets and gradually rolled back workers’ rights and protections. Ontarians deserve better.
Today, we honour those who fought for workers’ rights in the past, and we join our voices with those who continue to call for better working conditions. At Queen’s Park, and across the province, Ontario’s New Democrats are fighting for improved safety in the workplace, a $15 minimum wage, better protections for casual and temporary workers, and making it easier for Ontarians to join a union – a ticket to stability and to the middle class.
By working together, we can build a more prosperous and caring Ontario, where families can plan for their future.
NDP Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell issued the following statement regarding the fact that the environmental contamination crisis at Grassy Narrows was not mentioned in yesterday’s provincial budget.
“Once again, we’re seeing that the Wynne Liberals have no plan in place to clean up the English-Wabigoon River. Wynne has no intention of offering anything at all to Ontario’s First Nations to clean up the river, according to her budget.
Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement regarding the complete absence of funding for urgent community housing repairs in yesterday’s Wynne Liberal budget.
“Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government have consistently ignored the funding needs of Canada’s biggest city. With her budget, she had an opportunity to start to undo some of the damage she’s done, and she refused to do that.
Today, New Democrats across the province stand in solidarity with workers on the National Day of Mourning to say that even one worker killed at work is too many
Every year in Ontario, hundreds of workers are killed on the job or die from work-related illnesses or injuries. Thousands more are seriously injured. Every injury, illness and death in the workplace is unacceptable, and we as Ontarians have a responsibility to ensure that every worker makes it home safely, every day.
Showing how out of touch she is with Ontario families, Kathleen Wynne’s budget fails to undo the damage she has done to affordability for people, or the services they count on.
“What’s clear from this budget is that Ontarians waiting for a $15 minimum wage will have to wait for a change in government,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “The 85 per cent of Ontarians that want a public hydro system and reform that will get their bills down, and keep them down – they’ll have to wait for a change in government. And the vast majority of the 2.2 million Ontarians without a drug plan won’t get the help they need until after the election.”