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Horwath and Krmpotich vow to roll back Wynne cuts and prioritize youth job creation in the Sault

Sault Ste. Marie  – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Sault Ste. Marie candidate Joe Krmpotich were in the Sault Wednesday to announce their key commitment to the community: good jobs, right in the Sault -- especially for young people. 

Horwath and Krmpotich delivered that message after a visit to YouLaunch, a youth entrepreneur program within the Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre, which has seen great accomplishments in creating local youth jobs and new businesses in the Sault.  

Horwath to Wynne: support Hamilton rapid transit now

Ontario NDP Leader and Hamilton Centre MPP Andrea Horwath sent the following letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, urging her to support the development of rapid transit in Hamilton along a route terminating at Eastgate Square: 

Hon Kathleen O. Wynne
Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1

Wynne approves millions in salary increases for OPG executives as families struggle with sky-high hydro bills: NDP

During question period Tuesday, NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne explain why she thinks families who can’t afford their skyrocketing hydro bills should pay for a 100 per cent raise for the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) CEO, who is now set to receive a whopping $3.8 million salary.

“How does the premier explain to families who may lose their hydro why she thinks they should pay for a 100 per cent salary increase for the OPG CEO?” said Tabuns.

NDP Leader: Brampton deserves better than ‘hallway medicine’

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says cuts to hospital funding by the Wynne Liberals have left Brampton-area hospitals in crisis, and patients needing urgent care are paying the price.

“Jamie-Lee Ball is a young woman who found herself in excruciating pain. She was suffering from internal bleeding and complications from surgery, so she went to the emergency room at Brampton Civic Hospital to get some help,” said Horwath during question period this morning. “But instead of getting a hospital bed, Jamie-Lee was put on a stretcher in a hallway. She was labelled ‘Hallway patient number 1’ and she spent five long days and nights waiting for a real hospital bed.”

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s statement on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

New Democrats and all Ontarians stand in remembrance with the Canadian and international Jewish community, remembering the six million Jews systematically killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, including Jewish refugees turned away at the Canadian border.

We also remember the victims killed for their political beliefs, ethnicities, disabilities, and sexual orientation. The horrors of the Holocaust remind us daily that anti-Semitism, faith-based discrimination, and prejudice of any kind have no place in Ontario or Canada.

Horwath reveals details of her universal Pharmacare plan

On Monday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath laid out her plan for Ontario’s first Pharmacare program – a program to deliver lower cost, less stress and better health for all Ontarians.

“No one should have to rack up credit card bills to get the medicine they need,” said Horwath. “No one should end up in an already-overcrowded hospital because they couldn’t afford to take the medicine they were prescribed. That’s why I’m committed to creating Ontario’s first universal Pharmacare program.”

Fired-up NDP convention focused on 2018

A roaring New Democratic Party convention made clear Saturday that they’re ready to run with Andrea Horwath, and they’re aiming for government in 2018.

Horwath received a 90-per-cent endorsement from the 1,200-delegate convention.
Weeks after announcing that she will reverse the selloff of Hydro One and bring down hydro bills by as much as 30 per cent, she unveiled another major policy piece Saturday: the creation of a universal Pharmacare program if elected.

Delegates also spent the first two days of the three-day convention discussing the NDP’s vision for Ontario; one with a government that shares people's priorities, and takes action to make it easier for everyday families to build their lives. Discussion and resolutions included topics like the price of hydro, the cost of housing, overcrowding in hospitals and lagging wages in Ontario.

The convention, being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, continues Sunday.

 
Horwath announces Ontario’s first universal Pharmacare plan

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced Saturday that she’ll create the province’s first universal Pharmacare plan – a commitment to ensure all Ontarians can afford the medicine they’re prescribed. “You shouldn’t have to empty your wallet to get the medicine you need,” said Horwath. “No family should have to rack up credit card debt to treat an illness. And no one should ever go without the treatment they need because of cost.” One in four Ontarians doesn’t take their medication as prescribed because of cost, and 2.2 million Ontarians have no prescription drug coverage at all. With a growing number of people working non-traditional or unstable jobs, or finding it more difficult to land a job that comes with some benefits, the cost of medications is a growing struggle.   “There are many in Ontario who split their pills in half to make the bottle last longer,” said Horwath. “Or they leave the doctor’s office with a prescription they need, knowing they’ll never fill it because of the price. “Imagine if everyone could take their medication without the barrier of cost. We can help people live healthier, less stressful lives. We can make their month a little more affordable. And by preventing emergency room trips, we can improve people’s lives, and also relieve the strain on our overcrowded hospitals.” Horwath, who made the announcement at an NDP convention on Saturday, will reveal details of her plan Monday morning.  “My plan is affordable, and when we think of the risk to people’s health from skipping their medication – even the risk to their lives – it’s clear that we can’t afford not to implement universal prescription Pharmacare,” said Horwath. “This plan will mean lower cost, less worry and better health for everyone.”

Statement by Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP Toronto-Danforth: Ontarians need rent control protections

“New Democrats believe a coordinated approach to housing affordability by provincial, federal and municipal governments is necessary.

Sadly, renters across our city and province are facing unreasonable rent hikes because Premier Kathleen Wynne refuses to close a loophole that denies rent control protection to tenants living in buildings built after 1991. For years, she has watched the housing affordability crisis grow, and refused to take action. We remain concerned that the Premier is out of touch, and that she fails to understand how this crisis is impacting young families and everyday Ontarians.

Ontarians need rent control protections: Statement by Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP Toronto-Danforth

“New Democrats believe a coordinated approach to housing affordability by provincial, federal and municipal governments is necessary.

Sadly, renters across our city and province are facing unreasonable rent hikes because Premier Kathleen Wynne refuses to close a loophole that denies rent control protection to tenants living in buildings built after 1991. For years, she has watched the housing affordability crisis grow, and refused to take action. We remain concerned that the Premier is out of touch, and that she fails to understand how this crisis is impacting young families and everyday Ontarians.

DiNovo’s motion to incorporate gender lens in Ontario budgets passes second reading

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo’s motion to require the Ontario government to incorporate an intersectional gender equity perspective in the 2017-18 budget, and all future budgets, passed second reading today. 

“This week, we celebrated 100 years of women first being able to vote in Ontario. Celebration is hollow if funding doesn't follow,' said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park. “Our budgets need to be equitable for women. It will ensure the prosperity of all Ontarians, especially those facing systemic disadvantage.”

Wynne government withholding disaster relief funds from Windsor flood victims: NDP MPP Hatfield

Percy Hatfield, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh and the Ontario NDP’s critic for municipal affairs, challenged the Wynne government on the floor of the Ontario legislature today to explain when the rest of the flood disaster financial help will come for families that suffered flooded homes and damages during last fall’s flash flood.

“Last September, my riding of Windsor-Tecumseh had record rainfalls,” Hatfield reminded the Wynne government.  “In a short period of time storm sewers overflowed; thousands of homes were flooded.  110 millimeters of rain fell in 5 hours, 190 millimeters over 48 hours.  More than what we would normally get in two months.

NDP’s Singh presents motion for stable and fair jobs for temp agency workers

Ontario NDP Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh presented a motion to protect Ontarians employed at temp agencies by ensuring equal pay for equal work and more stable jobs.  The motion will be debated in the Ontario legislature Thursday afternoon.

“Ontarians placed by temp agencies are getting paid sometimes close to 50 per cent less to do the exact same job as the person sitting right next to them. That's not fair and it’s not right,” said Singh, MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton. “Everybody deserves respect on the job and that means being paid fairly for a hard day’s work.   

Wynne Liberals put rural, northern schools at further risk of closure

Yesterday the Wynne Liberals quietly released their 2017-18 education funding allotment and the news isn’t good for rural and northern students and their families.

The Geographic Circumstances Grant was slashed another $6 million, on top of the $10 million in cuts Wynne has made since she took office.

Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village in Essex facing soaring hydro bills, potential closure

Today during Question Period the Ontario NDP raised the case of skyrocketing hydro bills at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village in Essex and demanded to know why the Wynne Liberals still haven’t taken any action to help Ontario families and organizations that are struggling to keep up.

“Staff at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village reached out to the NDP to tell us that they are receiving hydro bills so high that don’t know if they can keep the museum doors open,” said Essex MPP Taras Natyshak.  “By privatizing Hydro One and hiking the cost of hydro bills, the Wynne government has squeezed an important piece of heritage in my community.  How did Wynne let it come to this?”

Government figures show new Liberal cuts to education

Ontario NDP Education Critic Peggy Sattler issued the following statement following the release of 2017-18 grants for student needs data:

“Figures released today by the Ministry of Education show that Kathleen Wynne’s newest cuts to classrooms will mean fewer supports for students, more layoffs, and even more school closures across the province.  Students with special needs will suffer disproportionately because of deep cuts to the services families depend on. 

Wynne dragging feet on funds for children’s autism treatment: NDP MPP Taylor

Monique Taylor, NDP critic for children’s services, joined with families of children with autism today at Queen’s Park to continue to fight for services -- because children are still unable to access the treatment they need.

“They are here because they’ve been let down so many times before by the Wynne government and they see the writing on the wall for more of the same,” said Taylor, NDP MPP for Hamilton Mountain.

How many more executives hiding salaries from Sunshine List?

Today, Ontario NDP Finance critic John Vanthof called on the Wynne Liberals to reveal how many highly paid executives being paid with public dollars are hiding their salaries from disclosure on the sunshine list.

“Transparency is vital to good government.  Ontarians need to be able to trust that the sunshine list is true and comprehensive,” said Vanthof during Question Period. 

While premier does another photo-op, renters suffer

Today at the legislature Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns questioned the Wynne government’s priorities on housing affordability and demanded they take the first step by closing the rent-control loophole. 

“Photo-ops of Premier Wynne don't help people pay the rent,” said Tabuns. “While the premier smiles for the cameras, landlords in Toronto and across the province are free to seize the moment and drive up rents as much as they want.'

Young families can’t provide for their children and pay Liberal hydro prices

London-Fanshawe MPP Teresa Armstrong says the Liberal governments’ failed hydro schemes are forcing young families to choose between paying out-of-control hydro bills and providing for their children. 

“Because they can’t afford their hydro bill, one young mom spends her days at her parents’ house to save on time-of-use charges, but it hasn’t worked, their bills haven’t changed,” said Armstrong this morning during question period. “Premier, can you imagine the frustration and anger these young parents feel being forced to choose between paying for your hydro schemes and providing for their infant?' 

NDP: 401 Richmond threatened by massive tax hike

NDP GTA Issues Critic Cheri DiNovo is calling on the Wynne Liberals to take action to save 401 Richmond, a downtown Toronto arts and culture hub at risk of closure from massive property tax increases.

“Late last year, tenants at 401 Richmond in Toronto received an incredible shock. Their property taxes were about to triple, threatening this cultural hub, which provides below-market rents to arts organizations and creative industries in downtown Toronto,” explained DiNovo during question period. “Taxes were tripling because MPAC does not assess properties like 401 Richmond based on the current use of the property, but on the value of a condo tower MPAC imagines might stand in its place.”

NDP raises case of hydro bill topping 50% of income

Today during question period, NDP Energy critic Peter Tabuns grilled Premier Kathleen Wynne over her failure to take action on soaring hydro prices, raising the case of Krysta Meecham-Robertson, whose $800 per month income is more than half wiped out by a $450 monthly hydro bill.

“Premier Wynne hasn’t taken a dime off people’s hydro bills,” said Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns. “Advertisements paid for with public money don’t put food on the table for people like Krysta.”

Statement from Ontario NDP Women’s Issues Critic Peggy Sattler on Equal Pay Day

“Today, as we mark Equal Pay Day again in Ontario, it’s necessary to recommit ourselves to the fight for women’s economic empowerment and basic fairness.

This year’s sunshine list revealed that among government employees in Ontario, there is still a massive wage gap.  Only 25 per cent of the most recent sunshine list was made up of women. In some fields – like at Ontario Power Generation – it’s much worse.

NDP: Ontario seniors and families losing faith in long-term care services

NDP Home and Long-Term Care Critic Teresa Armstrong says Liberal government inaction is driving long-term care to the breaking point, leaving many families struggling to find quality care for their loved ones.

“Seniors are not happy with long-term care today. They are worried sick about their loved ones. They have little confidence in oversight,” said Armstrong this morning during question period. “After fourteen years in power, after fourteen years to improve long-term care, after fourteen years of inaction, when will this Liberal government finally admit that it has spent fourteen years failing the seniors of Ontario?”

CHS dispute leaves Deaf and hard of hearing community without service: MPP Gretzky

During question period today, Ontario NDP Community and Social Services critic and Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky called on the Liberal Government to ensure all workers at the Canadian Hearing Society are given the opportunity to negotiate a fair deal.

“It’s now been over a month since workers at the Canadian Hearing Society were forced off the job after working without a contract for four years,” said Gretzky. “This means people who are Deaf and hard of hearing don’t have access to the 227 interpreters, speech-language pathologists, counselors, literacy instructors and audiologists they depend on to thrive.”

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO NDP LEADER ANDREA HORWATH ON PASSOVER

Chag Pesach Sameach!

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I would like to extend best wishes to everyone celebrating Passover in Ontario and around the world.  

Ontario NDP supports recognition of 1984 Sikh Genocide

TodayOntario’s New Democrats proudly supported MPP Harinder Malhi’s motion calling on the legislature to recognize the 1984 Sikh Genocide in India.

Today's motion passed, despite several of Wynne’s Liberal MPPs voting against it. The Liberal government previously opposition a similar motion to recognize the 1984 Sikh Genocide, introduced by NDP Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh in June 2016.

Wynne failing people in Northwestern Ontario facing highest Lyme infection rates in Canada: MPP Campbell

NDP MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, Sarah Campbell, blasted Premier Kathleen Wynne for failing to take any action to protect people and families in Kenora and Northwestern Ontario from Lyme disease, after a study showed eight species of ticks carrying the Lyme disease bacterium were found in the Kenora area, an area previous identified as having the highest infection prevalence rates in Canada.

 “This research is a bombshell for people living in the Northwest and despite its author sending a copy to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care last November, the government has not even so much as notified the public about it,” Campbell said.

Wynne Liberals and Conservatives block rent-hike protection

Thursday morning, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called for a vote in the legislature that would have immediately protected all Ontarians from unfair, unreasonable rent hikes – but the effort was blocked by Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals and the Conservatives. 

“The fact is, there are people throughout the GTHA making some tough decisions right now because they’ve been notified of a rent hike they simply can’t afford,” said Horwath. “And thousands more who are wondering if they’re next. Premier Wynne doesn’t seem to understand – this situation is urgent. Families in the GTHA need a measure in place right now – today – to stop unreasonable rent hike notices from landing in their mailboxes tomorrow.”

Wynne allows millions in CEO salaries while young people’s precarious earnings decline: NDP

Catherine Fife, the Ontario NDP’s  employment critic, blasted Premier Kathleen Wynne for her callous decision to allow multi-million dollar salaries for some of the province’s executives, when a new report shows that earnings have gone down for young people in Ontario who are facing the second worst economy in the country. 

“The CEO of OPG earned more than $2 million in total compensation last year – not the $1.2-million that was stated in the Sunshine List,” Fife said.  “This government allowed the CEO to walk away with over $2 million in salary, bonuses, pension money, and $40,000 of ‘other pay’.

Horwath demands immediate close of 1991 rent control loophole in legislature

Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded Premier Kathleen Wynne take immediate action to protect renters across the province by closing the 1991 loophole.  

During question period, Horwath referenced the recently released Generation Squeeze report that shows the wages, and quality of life for young people in Ontario have been dropping. The report singles out the high cost of rental housing as one of the causes, saying that young people are working full time but “watching their money down to the penny” and can’t imagine a day when they can afford to buy a house, let alone pay their student loans or be able to afford to live in this province without working two jobs.

Statement by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath on the passing of Montgomery “Monty” Davidson

'Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Margaret, his children, his family and friends.

As a union organizer, and as the NDP MPP for Cambridge, Monty dedicated his life to improving the lives of working men and women, families, and fighting for and with those who were struggling.

Monty helped build Ontario based on the fundamental value of social justice, and his spirit of solidarity with workers, and the people of Ontario, lives on in all of us.

As his supporters said in the 1975 provincial campaign, 'I'm for Monty'.'

NDP tells Wynne Liberal government to keep 14-year-old Liberal promise and protect vulnerable Toronto tenants

Today in the legislature, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth) again asked the Wynne Liberal government to protect vulnerable tenants by closing a loophole that subjects them to unfair rent hikes. 

“Yesterday we learned that tenants in Liberty Village have been told by their landlord that they could either pay double their current rent, or move out by July 1,” said Tabuns. “After receiving this outrageous rent increase notice, one tenant said: ‘I didn’t even know that was legally possible.’”

NDP bill to create better jobs, better wages, better benefits

MPP Forster’s bill includes Card Check Certification and First Contract Arbitration

Today, Welland MPP and Ontario NDP Labour Critic Cindy Forster, will table legislation that would give Ontario workers access to better jobs, better wages and the ability to secure benefits. 

Horwath presses Wynne on massive Hydro One salaries paid for by Ontarians

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath didn’t let Premier Kathleen Wynne off the hook during the first question period following the release of the sunshine list, pressing Wynne for allowing an untold number of million-dollar salaries to be paid out to Hydro One executives while forcing Ontarians, buckling under skyrocketing hydro bills, to foot the bill.

The Hydro One CEO raked in $4.5 million in 2016, a 500 per cent increase from the last time the CEO’s salary appeared on the Sunshine list. But the list of highly-paid Hydro One employees wasn’t included on the sunshine list, since Wynne moved to exclude it from transparency.

Wynne Liberals refuse to address questions about inclusionary zoning “poison pill” that would hurt affordable housing efforts: NDP

Today in the legislature, Parkdale-High Park NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo asked the Wynne government to respond to housing advocates who have publicly expressed concerns that the Liberal government’s new inclusionary zoning regulations will include provisions that would hurt efforts to address the affordable housing crisis.  

“This government resisted inclusionary zoning for years, even as affordable housing wait-lists grew and provincial housing budgets shrank. But last year, the government finally seemed to say yes to inclusionary zoning,” said Dinovo. “It would be an enormous betrayal if the government introduced a poison pill that would make it harder for municipalities to pass inclusionary zoning bylaws.” 

Sunshine list incomplete: Hydro One’s unnamed taking untold billions

The number of well-heeled people being highly paid by Hydro One is a mystery – a black hole in Friday’s sunshine list, according the NDP.

“How many names, and how much money would be added to this sunshine list if Premier Wynne didn’t give her partially-privatized company permission to hide that information?” asked NDP MPP Peter Tabuns, the NDP’s energy critic.

Horwath meets with Hamilton small business, talks NDP plan to cut hydro bills by up to 30%

Today Ontario NDP Leader and Hamilton Centre MPP Andrea Horwath met with Terrilea Pitton, owner of Southern Smoke BBQ House, to discuss how the NDP plan to reduce rates by up to 30 per cent will benefit small business owners like her. 

“It’s time for the people of my hometown of Hamilton to pay less for – and own more of – our hydro,” said Horwath. “Affordable, reliable public power will be the backbone of the electricity system under an NDP government.”

Hydro One sell-off, massive CEO salary increase show Libs still not taking hydro crisis seriously

Today during Question Period Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded that the Liberal government explain its defense for the salary of Hydro One’s CEO skyrocketing over 500 per cent since Hydro One was privatized.

“The current Hydro One CEO is being paid over 500 per cent more than his predecessor.  His predecessor ran Hydro One when it was under public control, now it’s in private hands,” Horwath pointed out. “Can the acting premier tell us – is it simply a coincidence that this ridiculous pay increase occurred at the same time as her government turned Hydro One over to the private sector?”

Wynne government can immediately help Londoners facing mental health crisis: NDP

For the third time in two weeks, MPP Peggy Sattler demanded the Wynne government to stop blocking a project to help Londoners facing a mental health crisis, and use a measure under its authority that would help patients immediately.

“On Monday the minister said he is continuing to look at the project. I'm sorry, but that's not good enough. The Wynne government has been dragging its feet on this project for almost two years,” Sattler said.

Liberals block 30% cut to hydro bills, support privatized hydro

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals voted Tuesday against cutting hydro bills for Ontarians by 30 per cent, and in favour of the privatization of Hydro One. 

“Everyday families, businesses, municipalities and hospitals are hurting from the Wynne government’s sky-high hydro bills,” said Horwath. “But, once again, the Wynne Liberals are focused on Premier Wynne and the Liberal party – not what Ontario people need.”

Workers forced to strike for better wages as Wynne’s inaction continues:

During question period Tuesday, NDP labour critic Cindy Forster called out Premier Kathleen Wynne for failing to raise Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, as workers in Toronto campuses strike for better wages.

“Cafeteria staff at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus have been out on strike now for more than six weeks. They want fairness, better schedules, better benefits and wages they can actually live on,” Forster said.  “Similar workers at York University were able to win a raise recently bringing them to $15 dollars an hour. They achieved that with no help from their government.”    

NDP calls on Wynne to end hallway health care and solve hospital overcrowding crisis

During question period Tuesday, Ontario NDP health critic France Gélinas demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne stop forcing patients in Ontario to be treated in hospital hallways, as hospital overcrowding takes its toll on Ottawa hospitals.  

“Hospitals are facing an overcrowding crisis that keeps getting worse,” Gélinas said. 'I'm concerned about patients in pain or discomfort being told to wait even longer. I'm concerned about people being left in a hallway bed that doesn't offer the comfort they need.' 

Horwath motion calls for hydro savings and a plan that fixes Ontario’s electricity system

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has introduced an Opposition Day Motion calling on the legislature to adopt the only plan put forward by any party that will fix Ontario’s broken electricity system and provide immediate relief for everyone. 

The NDP plan will reduce hydro bills for businesses and families by up to 30 per cent, eliminate mandatory time-of-use pricing, end unfair rural delivery costs, and restore public ownership of Hydro One.

Ontarians deserve a $15 minimum wage: Statement from Ontario NDP Labour Critic Cindy Forster

Cindy Forster, Ontario NDP Labour Critic and MPP for Welland, issued the following statement in response to the announcement made today by the Minister of Labour: 

“Ontarians deserve nothing less than a $15 minimum wage, because someone who goes to work 40 hours each week shouldn’t be struggling below the poverty line. Too many people are working two or more low wage, part-time jobs just to pay their hydro bills and to put food on the table. 

Skyrocketing hydro costs leave Ontario public libraries in crisis

This morning during question period, NDP Economic Development, Employment, Research and Innovation Critic Catherine Fife outlined the dire position libraries across Ontario are facing as hydro rates continue to rise. 

“We know that our public libraries provide extraordinary value to their communities,” said Fife. “Whether it’s employment skills upgrading or the integration of new Ontarians, or whether it’s providing free space for seniors’ groups or the early development of literacy skills, our public libraries create community across this province.” 

Wynne government failing seniors in Windsor struggling with hydro bills: MPP Hatfield

During question period Thursday, Percy Hatfield, NDP MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh, demanded answers from the Wynne government for seniors in Windsor struggling to pay their hydro bills.

“I have a constituent.  She’s 67. Her husband is a stroke victim. She’s trying to save money. She got rid of her electric clothes dryer and switched to natural gas.  It only saved her 10 bucks a month. Her most recent hydro bill was for $130 of usage, but more than $100 in delivery charges,” Hatfield said.

MPP Sattler demands Wynne government stop blocking project to help mental health patients

During question period Thursday, Peggy Sattler, London West NDP MPP, demanded the Wynne government stop blocking a project to help thousands of mental health patients in London.

“London health providers and emergency service personnel have been asking for months for the minister of health to approve this project as a pilot, to allow it to go ahead. The minister told the media yesterday that the project is already underway, but in fact, it is being held up on his desk,” Sattler said.

Local NDP MPPs urge minister of education to end Niagara lockout

Today, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and Ontario NDP Labour Critic and Welland MPP Cindy Forster called for Premier Kathleen Wynne's education minister to put an immediate end to the Niagara Catholic District School board (NCDSB ) lockout so that thousands of affected school children and their families can get back to the classroom.

“Coming from significant experience at the bargaining table, resorting to a lockout will only have damaging impacts on the students and families caught in the middle of this dispute.  As adults and especially as elected representatives, we serve as role-models to the students. The Liberal minister needs to put an immediate stop to the lockout so our students and teachers can get back to the classroom,” said Gates.

Premier Wynne fails to stand up for Ontarians in federal budget

Ontario NDP Finance Critic John Vanthof issued the following statement:

“Ontarians expected Premier Wynne to stand up for their interests in this federal budget. Instead, just like the recent health accord, Premier Wynne has settled for far less support from Ottawa than what Ontario needs.