NDP MPPs call on government to act on recommendations to stop violence against women

London – NDP Women’s critic Peggy Sattler and her NDP colleagues are calling on the government to act on a number of coroner’s recommendations to help prevent violence against women.

“Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, a galvanizing moment in Canadian history when 14 young women were systematically separated from their male classmates and murdered at École Polytechnique in Montreal,” said Sattler.  “It’s a time for us all to reflect on the impact that gendered violence has on each and every one of us and the responsibility we all have to end to such violence. “ 

“December 6 is also day for us to reflect on what we are doing to change the social, political and economic structures that perpetuate violence against women and children. Every day in Ontario, women and children flee abusive homes to take refuge in women’s shelters, but many remain trapped in violent relationships because of poverty, discrimination, lack of affordable housing, lack of childcare and an economy that relies increasingly on precarious work,” said Sattler. “For those who are employed, too often the violence follows them to their workplaces. For indigenous women, the reality of violence is much higher, with almost 1,200 women murdered or missing in Canada.”

NDP statement on Money Mart suspending its cash-for-gift-cards scheme

“We’re glad that New Democrats and public pressure forced Money Mart to do the right thing and suspend this greedy program.  This pilot project was wrong from the start and preyed on the most vulnerable in our society.   New Democrats still call on the government to investigate how Money Mart was allowed to get away with this morally corrupt practice and ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said NDP Consumer Services critic Jagmeet Singh.

NDP calls for ban on predatory ‘gift card for cash’ scheme

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP Government and Consumer Services critic Jagmeet Singh called on the government to act quickly to end an initiative at Money Mart payday loan stores in Hamilton that offers to redeem gift cards at only 50% of the card’s value.

“Forcing individuals who are already under a great deal of stress during the holidays to pay this extraordinarily high rate for an exchange is simply disgusting,” said Singh, MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton. “This type of scheme that takes advantage of people that are already so vulnerable, particularly at this time of year, is not acceptable.”


NDP demands Liberals act on coroner’s report to prevent further domestic violence tragedies

Queen’s Park – Today, the NDP’s critic for women’s issues, Sarah Campbell, demanded the Liberals act on the recommendations made in Ontario’s chief coroner’s report on death by domestic violence to prevent further tragedies in the province.

“Shamefully not all ministries and agencies contacted for this report bothered to respond to each of the recommendations, and worse, not all agencies and ministries have bothered to implement the recommendations made in the Coroner’s domestic violence reviews,” Campbell said.

On Energy East, Wynne leaves Ontario’s environment in PM Harper’s hands: NDP MPP Tabuns

QUEEN’S PARK — Today in the legislature, Premier Wynne refused to agree to NDP Environment critic Peter Tabuns’ call for her government to commit to a full provincial environmental assessment of the Energy East pipeline.

 “Unlike Quebec, Ontario refuses to conduct a provincial environmental assessment of Energy East. The Premier says the federal process is good enough—even after Prime Minister Stephen Harper gutted the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.” said Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth. “But provinces like British Columbia and Quebec have refused to leave their fate in the hands of Stephen Harper. Their premiers have said pipeline projects in their provinces will not proceed unless it is in their province’s interests.”

Accountability and Transparency gone in 140 minutes under the Liberals: NDP MPP Fife

QUEEN'S PARK — How can the Wynne Liberals claim to be open and transparent and then ram through amendments to sweeping legislation in less time than an episode of Hockey Night in Canada, asked NDP Treasury Board critic Catherine Fife.

"Yesterday, this government rammed through amendments to Bill 8—that’s 11 pieces of distinct legislation all in one Harper-style omnibus bill," said Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo. "All of this happened in fewer than three hours."

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath Marks World AIDS Day

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement to mark World Aids Day.

“On World AIDS Day New Democrats join with our fellow Ontarians, and citizens around the world, to celebrate the incredible progress made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Together we must strive to eliminate the stigma, and all forms of discrimination, for those living with HIV/AIDS. All levels of government must work with care givers, medical professionals, and members of the community, to increase awareness, to improve education, and to identify and address funding gaps in in the fight against this disease.  Ontario must continue do its part in in the global struggle to beat HIV/AIDS once and for all. ” 

Open letter from NDP MPP Peter Tabuns to the Minister of Education on upholding students’ rights

Dear Minister Sandals:

I am writing today to urge you to stand up and protect the right of all Ontario students to promote awareness and respect for people of all sexual orientations.

Recently, two Grade 6 students in Ottawa, who were assigned a class project on social justice, chose to focus on the topic of gay rights. Their decision was based on a desire to raise awareness and tackle derogatory comments amongst their peers. In so doing, they demonstrated remarkable maturity and leadership.

NDP will continue working for the people of Sudbury at Queen’s Park

Sudbury –NDP MPPs France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin) announced they will ensure Sudbury’s voices will continue to be heard at Queen’s Park, and that the constituency office will remain open to serve the people of Sudbury.

Stop rewarding workplace safety violators: NDP MPP Gates

QUEEN'S PARK — Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates called for a end to a Ontario Workplace Safety Board (WSIB) program that rewards companies convicted of health and safety violations.

Statement by Joe Cimino

Sudbury—Today I am making an announcement that I am sure will be a huge surprise to the community.  After much reflection and thought, I have decided to resign my position as a Sudbury MPP as of end of day today.   

I have been asked several times in the past how I was able to balance my public obligations as a City Councilor with my family life. Even though it was difficult to do, I was able to be there for my young children, wife and extended family while still serving my community with complete dedication.  Unfortunately the pendulum has swung too far to one side in the last several months.  Simply, for my personal health wellness, and more importantly the well being of my family I must resign my seat in the Provincial Legislature. 

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s statement on the resignation of Joe Cimino

Queen’s Park – “It is with great sadness that I have received Joe Cimino’s resignation as the Member for Sudbury.  I know this is a tough decision, but Joe is doing what’s best for his personal health and well-being of his family.   He’s been a valuable member of our caucus, a local champion for his community, and is a dedicated husband and father to two young daughters.

On behalf of our entire caucus, I want to thank Joe for all his hard work and support, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”

Ontario New Democrats leading charge for $15 per day childcare in Ontario

Today, Ontario New Democrats were able to pass a motion calling on Ontario to support a universal plan for $15 per day childcare. The leadership of Ontario New Democrats has ensured that Ontario officially endorsesthe $15 a day child care plan put forward by Tom Mulcair and the federal NDP.

Horwath Earns Resounding Vote of Confidence from Delegates at Convention Ontario NDP Leader Charts a Plan Forward for a Fairer and More Progressive Ontario

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath received a resounding endorsement of 77% from party delegates, increasing on her 2012 result, as she delivered a bold plan for strengthening healthcare, improving childcare and protecting the environment.

“I’m grateful for today’s vote of confidence and the continuing trust of my party as we move forward together in our determination to build a fairer and more progressive Ontario.”

Record turnout for Ontario NDP convention

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s excited about this weekend’s provincial convention as party members from across the province come together to map out a path forward for the party.

“This weekend, New Democrats from across Ontario will debate issues, share ideas, talk about the future of our party and chart a way forward to building a better province,” said Horwath.  “Party members play an important role in shaping the direction of the Ontario NDP. This convention will be a launching pad for the next four years as we put forward a vision for a more inclusive and progressive province.”

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the Passing of Julie Davis

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement on the passing of Julie Davis:

"New Democrats mourn the passing of our sister Julie Davis. Julie was a passionate believer in social democracy and a legend in the labour movement. She fiercely defended working people across our province and stood as a role model for countless young women and men. Over the course of her long career as an activist, and as a labour leader in CUPE and the OFL, she earned the respect of her friends and colleagues by showing grit, compassion, intelligence and the rare ability to bring people together. We are especially proud of her work as an organizer and as chair of the 1990 election planning committee – an election which the NDP won. We are grateful for her leadership as president of our party. Julie understood that when it comes to politics people must come first. We will miss you Julie."

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Remembrance Day

Queen’s Park – On Remembrance Day Canadians wear the poppy to honour all of the brave men and women who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace.

Statement by Andrea Horwath on the 30th anniversary of November 1984

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats I want to recognize the 30th anniversary of November 1984. I want to extend our thoughts to everyone touched by the violence against thousands of Sikhs.