In light of new gas plant revelations NDP calls on Wynne to recall legislature

In light of new court documents released yesterday regarding the Liberal government’s cover-up of the $1.1 billion gas plant scandal, NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson calls on Premier Wynne  to immediately recall the Legislature in the New Year and strike up the Standing Committee on Justice Policy so that those involved in this orchestrated cover-up can testify.


New documents confirm Liberals wiped hard drives, paid $10,000 to do it, then lied about it: Gas Plant Scandal

NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson demands Premier Wynne call Laura Miller, Peter Faist and others to testify at the gas plant committee, in light of new evidence confirming that the Liberals paid $10,000 of public money to have government hard drives wiped using military-grade software and then lied about deleting them in gas plant scandal.

NDP call for seizure of Liberal hard drives in alleged bribery investigation

Don't touch those hard drives, Premier Wynne.

In this open letter to Elections Ontario, NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson calls for the immediate seizure of Premier Wynne's computer hard drive, as well as hard drives of her staff and Liberal party officials.

Given the Liberal history with erasing their hard drives, it is essential that an investigation by Elections Ontario move quickly to determine who was involved in this alleged bribery attempt and that records are not destroyed.



Mr. Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer

Sent by Fax & Email

Dear Mr. Essensa,

Yesterday I requested you launch an investigation into bribery allegations involving the Liberal Party for the upcoming Sudbury by-election. These are serious allegations that involve the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Pat Sorbara (currently listed as the Premier’s Deputy Chief of Staff) and Gerry Lougheed (senior Liberal operative). In light of this, I am calling on you to take all necessary steps under your purview to ensure that all the information that will be required for a possible investigation is not destroyed or deleted.‎

Letter to Elections Ontario: investigate alleged bribery attempt in Sudbury

15 December 2014

Mr. Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer

Dear Mr. Essensa, 

I am requesting that Elections Ontario immediately investigate an alleged bribery attempt in Sudbury, Ontario.

This morning, former Sudbury Liberal Candidate Andrew Olivier alleged that he was offered a job or appointment in exchange for not seeking the Liberal Party nomination in the upcoming Sudbury by-election.

Salt shortage and bad winter maintenance making northern Ontario roads treacherous: NDP

Wawa:  NDP Transportation critic Michael Mantha is demanding that the Liberal government explain why there’s a salt shortage and bad maintenance on northern Ontario roads this winter. He’s calling on the Minister of Transportation to immediately fix the problem, which has been a concern ever since the Liberals expanded the privatization of winter road maintenance in the province.

“It is unacceptable that the Liberals have failed once again to ensure that there’s enough salt for the roads in northern Ontario,” said Mantha.  “It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the Liberals that winter comes every year to northern Ontario. Yet across the north, roads aren’t being properly salted, sanded, and cleared by private contractors. Road conditions are deadly up here.”

NDP Gets Results for Ontarians in Fall Legislative Session

Queen’s Park:  NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said this fall legislative session has shown that New Democrats are the real opposition at Queen’s Park, and the only party standing up for Ontarians and fighting Liberal arrogance.

“This session began with an unprecedented display of arrogance and ended with an even greater display of arrogance,” said Horwath.  “It began with the Liberals using time allocation to shut down debates and shut Ontarians out of committee hearings, and it ended with the Liberals condescending, sexist attacks on the Auditor General and more Liberal government offices being raided for evidence in the gas plant scandal.”

Liberals oppose motion to protect Ontarians, side with predatory payday loan industry

QUEEN'S PARK — Today, the Liberal government refused to support an NDP motion, introduced by NDP Government and Consumer Services critic Jagmeet Singh, that would immediately prevent predatory practices by payday loan companies.

The motion calls for banning gift card exchanges at exorbitant rates and reducing the fee charged on a payday loan to a rate lower than the current $21 per $100 borrowed.

NDP warns massive cuts coming to kid's preventative dental programs

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP Health and Long-Term Care critic France Gélinas warned the Liberals are quietly cutting preventive dental care for tens of thousands of vulnerable kids across Ontario.

“All of us know how painful sore teeth can be and how important it is to maintain good oral health, especially for kids,” said Gélinas.  “In hundreds of schools and clinics across the province, public health units provide basic teeth cleaning and check-ups to ensure all children have access to good dental care.  But the Liberals are now going to cut this service, affecting tens of thousands of vulnerable kids in Ontario.”

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.