Liberals’ class size flip-flop throws Ontario schools into chaos

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 removing a limit on classroom sizes in Ontario schools while slashing education funding.

Wynne’s austerity cuts to education throws province into Harris Era labour dispute: NDP MPP Gretzky

QUEEN’S PARK — After joining education workers on the picket line in Durham this morning, NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky demanded that the government stop misleading Ontario families by promising not to cut education while doing the exact opposite.

“The Premier claims she cut her teeth in education and now the actions of her government are throwing our publicly-funded schools into chaos,” said Gretzky.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's Statement on Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. This day marks how much further into the next year a woman has to work in order to earn the same salary as a man in the previous year. In 2014, Equal Pay Day was April 16, but this year, women must work 4 days longer, to April 20.

New Democrats are well aware of the injustice of Ontario’s large gender pay gap. Women in this province, on average; earn approximately 31.5% less than men do each year. In some areas of Ontario the gap reaches as high as 40%.

Pay equity is a human right, but this Liberal government doesn’t treat it is as a priority, and women – especially racialized and indigenous women, women with disabilities and new Canadians – remain the face of child and family poverty in Ontario.

Despite promises by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government that they would develop a wage gap strategy to close Ontario's gender pay gap, after more than a decade of Liberal government in Ontario, the problem is getting worse, not better. 


NDP Leader Andrea Horwath names MPP Jagmeet Singh as Deputy Leader

 QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has appointed MPP Jagmeet Singh as Deputy Leader.

“I’m proud to name Jagmeet Singh as Deputy Leader. I know that  having him serve in this important role will help to further broaden the reach of our party with people outside of politics;  from young people to bay street professionals,” said Horwath.

It has been over a decade since Ontario’s NDP Caucus had a Deputy Leader. 

Horwath and Ontario’s New Democrats will fight for public hydro

Queen’s Park –Today,  Andrea Horwath said that Ontario’s New Democrats will fight to protect public ownership of Hydro One after Kathleen Wynne announced her plan to sell off 60% of Hydro One earlier this morning.

“Ontario's public hydro system supports healthcare, education, and social services. Kathleen Wynne's plan to privatize Hydro One will put all that at risk and leave Ontarians paying higher hydro bills”.

Liberal government rejects NDP call to launch EA into island airport expansion project

QUEEN’S PARK — Today the Minister of the Environment rejected NDP GTA Issues critic Cheri Dinovo’s call to launch a provincial environmental assessment of PortsToronto’s plans to massively expand airport infrastructure at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, claiming incorrectly that environmental assessments were not within his jurisdiction.

“Currently, these plans are proceeding based on a pseudo-‘environmental assessment’ that has no legal recognition under the federal, nor the provincial, environment assessment acts,” explained DiNovo. “Will the government protect provincial interests on Toronto’s waterfront, and insist on a proper, legal environmental assessment?”


Horwath reiterates calls for full Environmental Assessment of Hamilton Garbage Gasification Plan

Queen’s Park – Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats and MPP for Hamilton Centre reiterated her call for a full Provincial Environmental Assessment of the Hamilton garbage gasification plant. Horwath raised the issue in the legislature in November 2014. Yesterday, a Hamilton City Council commissioned report by independent environmental experts WSP Canada supports the call for a “bump-up” to a full assessment.

Andrea Horwath Statement on Vaisakhi

On behalf of the Ontario NDP, I would like to extend my best wishes to the Sikh community during this celebration of sisterhood and brotherhood. Vaisakhi brings people together from all faiths to express gratitude for our good fortune.

Andrea Horwath standing up for Niagara

Queen’s Park – After visiting Welland to meet with families and frontline care workers on Thursday, Andrea Horwath took their concerns to Queen’s Park  demanding answers from the Liberal government about their plan to close the Welland Hospital.

Andrea Horwath standing up for Leamington

Queen’s Park – After visiting with parents and healthcare workers in Leamington last Friday, Andrea Horwath took their concerns to the Legislature, calling on the Liberals to end their cuts that threaten the closure of the Leamington District Memorial Health Obstetrics.

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

Queen's Park - Ontario NDP Energy, Environment and Climate Change Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement.

"New Democrats have long called for a balanced approach to carbon pricing. It has taken this Liberal government 7 years of foot-dragging to finally honour the commitment they made to cap-and-trade back in 2008. We will carefully review the proposed measures to make sure they are effective at protecting our environment, and fair for all Ontario consumers, including small businesses and manufacturers.


Pan Am Stadium 10-month delay fiasco an embarrassment for the province: NDP critic Paul Miller

HAMILTON - NDP Pan/Parapan Am Games critic MPP Paul Miller demanded today that the Liberal government get an immediate grip on the Hamilton Pan Am stadium fiasco. After a string of never-ending delays, the Games are at risk of not being ready.


Horwath: Liberal cuts to healthcare hurt Leamington families

Leamington – Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath visited the Leamington District Memorial Hospital to meet with families, nurses, doctors and frontline care workers who are fighting to ensure babies can be delivered in Leamington. Horwath is calling for the Premier to reverse her cuts and to ensure the Obstetrics program at Leamington District Memorial Hospital remains open.

Hamilton gasification plant report proves (again) full EA needed: Horwath

Hamilton – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath again demanded that environment minister Glen Murray order a full Environmental Assessment of the proposed Hamilton gasification plant, echoing the recommendations of a new report by WSP Canada to be presented to Hamilton City Council next Wednesday.

Statement from France Gélinas, Ontario NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic, on Liberal Healthcare Cuts

Sudbury – France Gélinas, Ontario NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic, issued the following statement.

Obama’s call to end conversion therapy for LGBT kids shows it is time for the government to act on Bill 77: DiNovo

Toronto – NDP LGBT Issues critic Cheri DiNovo today welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement calling for an end to “conversion therapy” for LGBT kids, and urged the government to move her Bill 77 through committee for quick passage, so abusive conversion therapies are banned in Ontario once and for all.

“There are still doctors practicing in Ontario, paid by OHIP, who think being LGBT is a form of mental illness,” said DiNovo. “They are telling parents to ‘fix’ their trans daughters by taking away their Barbies, cutting their hair, and stopping them from playing with other girls. They are abusing LGBT teenagers who come to them for support, not to be ‘cured.’”

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health says such so-called therapies are unethical.

Horwath Meets with Healthcare Workers to Talk Liberal Hospital Cuts

Welland – Today, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath met with Niagara area nurses, frontline healthcare staff, Welland Mayor Frank Campion, and MPPs Cindy Forster (Welland) and Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls). The healthcare roundtable focused on healthcare cuts and the Liberal government’s plan to further damage healthcare in the Niagara Peninsula.

“The Niagara Health System is already overcrowded, but Kathleen Wynne is shutting down hospitals in Niagara, including the Welland Hospital,” said Horwath. “By closing hospitals Kathleen Wynne is putting families at risk. Every time the Liberals find themselves facing a scandal they can find the money to make it go away, but when it comes to healthcare for people in Niagara they say the cupboard is bare.”

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the International Day of Pink

Today, people all across this province are making a statement – Everyone should be free to work, learn and play in a space that is free from harassment of all forms.

Together we can eliminate bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination in schools and youth communities. The International Day of Pink is a great opportunity for Ontarians to join their communities in celebrating diversity.