Ontario families paying the price for liberal government’s chronic underfunding of education: NDP Education Critic

QUEEN’S PARK—Today, NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky demanded that the Premier reverse across the board cuts to education, and stop forcing students and families to pay the price.

“She [the Premier] promised not to cut education and to rebuild relationships with education workers,” stated Gretzky. “And yet, yesterday the Minister of Education literally boasted about the fact that her government didn’t need to keep its commitment to invest 250 million in education last year, and claimed that no cuts were made to special education.”

Windsor unemployment climbs as Wynne Liberals make life more unaffordable: NDP

QUEEN’S PARK – The Liberals are failing Windsor says Taras Natyshak, NDP Economic Development and Employment Critic, and MPP for Essex. Newly released jobs numbers from Statistics Canada show unemployment has climbed to 11.5%, the highest in Canada, and Natyshak says this shows that Kathleen Wynne is more focused on ramming through a budget full of privatization and cuts than she is in creating jobs or listening to people.

Brampton families will pay the price for Liberal sell-off of Hydro One: Horwath

Brampton – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, and NDP Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh, met with Brampton residents who are concerned about the Liberal plan to sell-off Hydro One. This town hall is  part of a series of public consultations that New Democrats are holding across the province. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that Ontarians will pay the price for the Liberals’ short-sighted decision.

Liberal environment minister shouldn’t trust Harper with Lake Huron nuclear waste dump: Tabuns

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP Environment Peter Tabuns critic told Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, to stop putting his faith in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government when it comes to the provincial government’s proposed nuclear waste dump near the shore of Lake Huron. Murray said the federal assessment of the proposed nuclear waste dump was “a very good process,” after refusing to answer whether he supported the controversial project.

Liberals Lyme ‘action plan’ all talk, no action: NDP MPP Mantha

QUEEN’S PARK — Today MPP Michael Mantha called on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to provide details of their actions and progress on developing a Lyme Disease Strategy.

“It’s almost six months since my motion calling for a provincial strategy for Lyme disease unanimously passed in this house. The government says they have an ‘action plan’ on Lyme but it appears to be all talk and no action,” Mantha stated.

Liberal Budget threatens 31,000 jobs in Ontario’s film and TV industry: NDP MPP Miller

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Critic for Tourism, Culture and Sport Paul Miller called on the Liberal government to reverse its planned cuts to the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit. The cut threatens 31,000 jobs in Ontario's film and television industry.

Wynne’s cuts puts 67,000 students out of class: NDP MPP

QUEEN’S PARK - NDP MPP France Gélinas asked the Premier when she will accept responsibility for throwing Ontario’s schools into a “Mike Harris 2.0” labour crisis, forcing students and families to pay the price.

2015 Liberal budget is bad for business

CORNWALL – Today, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was in Cornwall to address the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. She expressed her concerns regarding the privatization of Hydro One and cuts in the 2015 Liberal budget, and the negative long-term impacts of the budget on Ontario’s economy and jobs.

“New Democrats share the Chamber’s concerns that high hydro rates are making Ontario less competitive with our neighbours,” Horwath said. “The privatization of Hydro One will mean higher rates for Ontario families, who are already paying the highest bills in the country, and it will mean less competitive rates for business and industry.”

Statement from NDP Community and Social Services critic on the continuing SAMS debacle

Monique Taylor, NDP Community and Social Services critic and MPP for Hamilton Mountain, issued the following statement today:  

“The SAMs debacle is simply another example of Liberal mismanagement where Ontarians--particularly those who are the most marginalized and vulnerable--have been forced to pay the price.  

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the Oshawa GM Assembly Plant

“The announcement that GM will be moving Camaro production out of Ontario is very bad news for the people and workers of Oshawa.  This loss of 1000 positions will have a significant impact. For workers who will lose their jobs, their families and the community these will be very trying times, but New Democrats will be there to support them.

 Auto industry jobs are vital to Ontario’s economy but this Liberal government has done nothing to address job losses in the auto sector. Just as in communities like Windsor and Cambridge who have recently received similar bad news, this demonstrates that this Liberal government has no strategy for the auto sector in Ontario. Without a comprehensive auto strategy, the Liberals will be putting more manufacturing jobs at risk.”


Just 48 hours after Ontario’s New Democrats launched their campaign against the privatization of Hydro One, over 7,000 Ontarians have sent a message to Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals that they strongly oppose her sell off of Hydro One.

Oshawa families to pay the price for Liberal sell-off of Hydro One: Horwath

OSHAWA – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP MPP Jennifer French met with Oshawa residents who are concerned about the Liberal plan to privatize Hydro One. This was the first in a series of public consultations that New Democrats will be holding across the province. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that Ontarians will pay the price for Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals’ short-sighted decision.

“Ontarians didn’t vote for a sale of Hydro One,” said Horwath. "This is the wrong choice for Ontario and it's residents right here in Oshawa who will pay the price.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's Statement on the Day of Mourning

New Democrats join with workers across Ontario to mark this Day of Mourning. We stand with friends and family to remember those who have been injured, maimed or killed on the job.

We all have a responsibility to make sure that when the workday ends, every worker makes it home safely. In Ontario, last year, 349 people were killed on the job, thousands were injured and countless more dealt with complications due to work-related environmental illness. We must honour our obligations to these workers.

Libs want to limit public consultation on budget especially on Hydro One, NDP House leader responds

Ontario NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson sent the following letter to Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi.


April 28, 2015

Hon. Yasir Naqvi, MPP

Minister Naqvi:

I write in response to your April 23, 2015 letter outlining your government’s proposal to have the Legislature swiftly pass your 2015 budget bill.

New Democrats agree that the budget process plays a key role in the economic health and overall growth of our Province and, as a result, it is essential for Ontarians to have the opportunity to speak to the proposals in this important piece of legislation. Unfortunately, we were dismayed and disappointed by the incredibly brief timelines your government is proposing to discuss this year’s budget bill, a document that features some of the most significant changes to Ontario’s fiscal policy in over a generation.

Horwath: Kathleen Wynne’s budget will make Ontarians pay the price

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that Ontarians will pay the price for the choices Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have made in her latest budget.

“Ontarians deserve a plan that’s focused on their priorities like their kids’ education, healthcare, good-paying jobs, social services for vulnerable Ontarians, and making life more affordable for the middle class. This budget falls short on all counts,” said Horwath.  

Instead of protecting vital public services and supporting job creating businesses, this budget promises deep, painful cuts to healthcare, education and social services. Instead of safeguarding our shared public assets, this budget promises a fire sale of Hydro One.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's Statement on Earth Day

Today marks the 25th Earth Day. Ontarians all across our province are making conscious choices to reduce their environmental footprint and nearly all school-aged children will participate in Earth Day activities as they learn how to become better stewards of our province’s environment.

We have a beautiful province. We have more than 250,000 lakes which contain about one-third of the world's fresh water. Ontario has one-third of North America’s boreal forest and one-quarter of the world’s wetlands. Ontario’s delicate ecosystems are the envy of the world, and it is the responsibility of all of us to protect them.

Ontario’s New Democrats are proud of our record on the environment. It is thanks to the NDP that Ontario has an Environmental Commissioner, an Environmental Bill of Rights and the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. We have been leaders in calling for energy conservation and retrofit programs to help Ontarians reduce their carbon footprint.

Building a sustainable economy makes sense not only for our environment, but for Ontario’s long-term prosperity.

This is about leaving a legacy that we can be proud of for our children and for generations to come.

Liberals’ refusal to take responsibility for cuts to education, “perplexing”: NDP Education Critic

QUEEN’S PARK — During Question Period today, NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky demanded the Premier and Minister of Education explain why the Liberal government is refusing to take responsibility for short-sighted cuts to education which have resulted in labour unrest and the closure of 88 community schools.

Liberals continue to put insurance industry profits ahead of Ontario drivers: NDP Deputy Leader

QUEEN’S PARK — Jagmeet Singh, NDP Deputy Leader and Consumer Services critic, demanded the Liberal government stop dragging its feet and deliver the auto insurance reductions the party promised Ontarians in the last election.