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87,000 families desperate for affordable housing deserve better than “I don’t know” from Wynne government: NDP

QUEEN’S PARK — Cheri DiNovo, NDP GTA issues critic and long-time housing advocate, blasted the Liberal government today for cutting $86 million from Toronto’s social housing budget. 

“The Liberals can talk about being ‘progressive’ till they’re blue-in-the-face, but no progressive government would cut $86 million dollars from Toronto’s social housing budget,” said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park. 

Liberal government indifferent to impact of nursing cuts on patient care

QUEEN’S PARK — As Ontario hospitals continue laying off more nurses almost daily, NDP Health critic France Gélinas asked the Minister of Health what it will take for the government to get the message that these job hurt patients and that these cuts should stop.

“During the last general election, the Premier and her Minister of Health said that they would not cut front-line care and that they would not cut nursing positions. Right now, hospitals are laying off nurses almost every single day,” said Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt. “Last week alone, we learned that Sudbury will lose 42 nurses and the Children's Hospital in Ottawa is cutting 50 registered nurses. And in Cambridge, it’s 22 registered nurses.”    

Statement from NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky on more delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures

Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky released the following statement on the latest Liberal panel appointment.

“Today’s announcement won’t distract from the Liberals’ sorry record of failing to support community hubs – and won’t stop half-a-billion dollars in planned cuts to classrooms. As usual, the Liberals are saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. That’s why the new special advisor needs to speak out publicly against the Liberals’ plans for school closures in Toronto and oppose new accommodation review guidelines that restrict public input.

Ontario New Democrats Gearing Up to Fight Liberal Austerity Budget

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath laid out her priorities for when the Legislature returns on Monday. She said that New Democrats will fight to create and protect good jobs in Ontario. She pledged to hold the Liberals to account for their lack of integrity, for their scheme to hold a fire sale of public assets like Hydro One, and for their plan to cut vital public services like healthcare and education in the upcoming budget.

Delay changes threatening dental care access for vulnerable children: NDP Health critic

NDP Health critic France Gélinas sent the following open letter to the Minister of Health today urging a delay to implementation of changes that threaten to dramatically reduce access to dental care for low-income children and youth:

 

NDP LGBTQ critic introduces historic protections for LGBTQ youth

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP LGBTQ critic Cheri DiNovo introduced new legislation today to protect youth from therapy aimed at preventing them from growing up to be LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or queer).

DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, was inspired to introduce the historic legislation by the tragic suicide of Ohio trans teen Leelah Alcorn. 

On December 28, 17-year-old Alcorn left a suicide note posted on her blog, and walked to her death in front of a tractor trailer. 

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s statement on International Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, we, as a province, have a lot to reflect on as we look at the year that was. It was a year where the horrible realities that so many women have faced in their everyday lives were pushed into the public eye.

We have seen the culture of fear and secrecy that exists in workplaces where powerful men are allowed to act with impunity.

We have seen how many women’s voices can be silenced by a single male voice, especially when they are backed by institutions that are willing to protect them.

NDP Statement on Government’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan

“New Democrats support any measures that will help change the social, political and economic structures that perpetuate sexual violence and harassment against women and children.  It’s important that people have the skills to identify and respond to sexual violence and harassment in the workplace, on campus, online and anywhere Rape Culture exists.  New Democrats will be watching closely to make sure this Action Plan comes with funding commitments, and that progress in meeting its goals is regularly assessed and reported. The government must not duplicate the shortcomings of their 2011 Sexual Violence Action Plan, which the Auditor-General criticized in her 2013 report, for not including measurable goals and timelines. We also know that organizations in the violence against women sector are concerned about the changes to violence against women funding, which has resulted in cuts to 19 Victim Crisis Assistance Services and the closure of Partner Assault Response programs in Windsor and Toronto.  While New Democrats are fully supportive of the new Action Plan, we want to see integrated solutions and real progress, not just talk,” said NDP Women’s Issues critic Peggy Sattler.

OMB reform, inclusionary zoning missing from government’s Planning Act announcement

After promising Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) reforms for years, the government’s proposed changes to the Planning Act don’t do enough to prevent the OMB from rewriting municipal planning policies, said NDP Municipal Affairs critic Cindy Forster. The government also missed an opportunity to finally allow municipalities to enact inclusionary zoning bylaws to increase affordable housing, said NDP GTA Issues critic Cheri DiNovo.

New evidence proves Wynne story doesn’t hold water in Sudbury bribery scandal: Bisson

Queen’s Park – NDP MPP Gilles Bisson said revelations that Kathleen Wynne notified her Party of her intention to appoint Glenn Thibeault as the Liberal candidate in the Sudbury by-election on January 7, 2015, (two months later than first indicated) is another piece in a growing mass of evidence that undercuts her version of the Sudbury bribery scandal.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s statement on first national roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

“I want to commend all of the families involved that have continued looking for answers and for justice for their loved ones despite facing their tragedy alone.

NDP gets results: Legislature appoints Financial Accountability Officer

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is proud that members of the legislature unanimously appointed Stephen LeClair as Ontario’s first Financial Accountability Officer (FAO).

“We’ve waited a long time for this moment, but I’m proud that we’ve finally appointed Ontario’s first Financial Accountability Officer,” said Horwath.  “After years of government scandal, people are tired of government waste, and want to see real accountability and transparency. A Financial Accountability Office will make government accountable and stop scandals before they start,” said Horwath. 

Pink Shirt Day

Since a small group of students first mobilized their school to wear pink to stand up for one of their peers, Pink Shirt Day has served as a powerful message that we as a province, and as a society, will not tolerate bullying.

Everyone should be free to work, learn and play in a space that is free from harassment. So today we all proudly wear pink as a statement of our commitment to the elimination of bullying across our province and our country.

Andrea Horwath letter to Premier Wynne regarding Elections Ontario report

February 20, 2015

 

Premier Kathleen Wynne

Room 281, Legislative Building

Queen’s Park, Toronto

 

Dear Premier,
 
The Election Ontario investigation findings that your Deputy Chief of Staff Pat Sorbara and senior Liberal operative Gerry Lougheed Jr. violated the Elections Act for bribery is unprecedented and is happening under your watch. 
 
As of today there are two OPP investigations into Ms. Sorbara and Mr. Lougheed’s attempts to bribe Mr. Andrew Olivier with an “appointment or job” in exchange for his withdrawal from the Liberal nomination race in the Sudbury by-election. 
 
Premier, this scandal is a clear breach of trust between your government and the people of Ontario.
  

New Democrats celebrate Chinese New Year

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement to mark Chinese New Year.

“On behalf of New Democrats I would like to wish every Ontarian a happy Chinese New Year. The beginning of the new lunar year is a special time for families to gather to share a meal, to give thanks, to remember our departed relatives, and to welcome new opportunities. May you enjoy a safe and prosperous year of the Goat. Gung hay fat choy! ”

NDP MPP continues fight to create work opportunities and prevent unpaid internships

QUEEN’S PARK -- Peggy Sattler, NDP Critic for Training, Colleges & Universities and MPP for London West, today called on the Liberal government to expand postsecondary co-ops and other paid work experience programs at Ontario colleges and universities, and put an end to exploitative unpaid internships. 

Sattler was joined by Claire Seaborn of the Canadian Intern Association, Peggy Jarvie of the University of Waterloo, and Naguib Gouda of Career Edge, who were at Queen’s Park to support her Private Member’s Bill, the Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, scheduled for second reading today in the legislature.

Gas plants report shows Liberal cover-up of a Liberal cover-up

Queen’s Park – NDP Justice critic Jagmeet Singh said the government’s committee report into the billion dollar gas plant scandal is more Liberal whitewash and a carefully orchestrated cover-up.

“This scandal began because the Liberals tried to cover up a billion dollar scandal, and this report is an attempt to cover-up the cover-up. The Liberals wasted $1.1 billion to save a few Liberal seats in the 2011 election. They tried to hide it and they got caught red-handed,” said Singh.

According to OPP court documents, Deputy Chief of Staff Laura Miller and her partner Peter Faist, were key to the Liberal email deletion schemes. They have since fled to BC, and Kathleen Wynne has refused numerous requests to bring them to Ontario to testify before the committee, to give testimony about who was giving the orders.

NDP calls on Premier to remove Liberal staffers pending outcome of investigation

February 16, 2015 

Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Bldg, Rm 281
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

 

Sent by EMAIL‎

Dear Premier Wynne,

As you are aware, your Deputy Chief of Staff Patricia Sorbara is under criminal investigation by the OPP and Elections Ontario for attempted bribery.  An investigator with the OPP's anti-rackets squad believe that Ms. Sorbara committed a crime by trying to bribe Mr. Andrew Olivier with a job or appointment in exchange for his withdrawal from the Liberal nomination race in the Sudbury by-election.

New Democrats are calling on you to do the right thing and remove Ms. Sorbara from her position as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier pending the outcome of these investigations. 

Premier, there is ample precedent in Ontario and across the country that when someone is under criminal investigation, they step aside from their duties until the investigation is complete.