Precarious work causing stress and sickness for Ontarians: MPP French

During question period today, Oshawa MPP Jennifer French called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to address the damaging effects of precarious work on hardworking Ontarians and release the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review.

“Ontarians are working two and three part-time and piecemeal jobs without knowing when they’ll be scheduled next,” said French. “Job prospects are getting worse, wages are down and the cost of living keeps going up, but the Liberals aren’t willing to alleviate this stress and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.”

Premier Wynne allowing privatization of health care through rise of for-profit clinics and services

France Gélinas, NDP health critic, continued Wednesday to press Premier Kathleen Wynne about her choice to allow the growth of private for-profit health clinics and services, while she continues deep cuts to public health care in the province.

“People shouldn’t have to pay up, or wait longer for the health care they need. But that’s exactly what’s happening under this premier,” Gélinas said.  “Companies are charging people to jump to the front of the line.  They're doing it unchecked, on the premier's watch.”

Hospitals’ hydro bills skyrocketing, Liberals admit almost no relief coming

As the NDP revealed documents showing skyrocketing hydro bills in Ontario hospitals, the Liberal government was forced to admit that hospitals will see almost no relief under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s $40-billion borrowing approach.

“Health care is at a tipping point in Ontario,' said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. 'There have already been frontline workers laid off at many hospitals, and with skyrocketing hydro bills, hospitals are being squeezed tighter. Now, Wynne’s government has admitted that hospitals will see almost no relief from skyrocketing hydro costs under the premier’s scheme.”

NDP: Wait for long-term care beds leaving families in crisis

NDP Home and Long-Term Care Critic Teresa Armstrong says extended wait times for long-term care beds are leaving Ontario families in crisis, scrambling to find care for loved ones, often at personal expense.

“Last week, I had a town hall meeting on long-term care in my riding. One of my constituents told me she was forced to take her father out of the hospital, and he has been living in a hospital bed in her living room,” said Armstrong this morning during question period. “She has missed so much work that she isn’t sure she has a job to go back to, and she is currently unable to pay her mortgage and her hydro bills because her father needs daily care.”

Horwath presses Wynne to finally protect all renters in Ontario

Today during question period, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop allowing massive, unfair rent hikes. 

An NDP bill tabled today will close the loophole that has thousands of renters at risk. 

NDP hydro plan is on the table, Krmpotich wants to see Romano's Conservative plan

Last week, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP Sault Ste. Marie candidate City Councillor Joe Krmpotich, revealed that hydro bills at the Sault Area Hospital have jumped nearly $1 million in recent years. With Horwath questioning the premier on that issue this morning, Krmpotich wants to know what Ross Romano would do about soaring hydro bills.

'Last week Andrea was here, listening to the people of this community, and today she has taken those concerns back to Queen's Park to fight for us,' said Krmpotich. 'That's in pretty stark contrast to Mr. Romano, whose reaction when he heard that soaring hydro rates are threatening frontline care at the Sault Area Hospital was to issue a press release arguing that privatization of our system hydro wasn't the problem.'

NDP demands to know the price tag of Wynne’s self-serving hydro ads

The NDP is filing requests under Freedom of Information laws to find out just how much public money Premier Kathleen Wynne is spending on advertisements in defense of sky-high hydro bills and the multi-billion-dollar borrowing scheme she still hasn’t released.

“Not one dime has come off people’s sky-rocketing hydro bills and Wynne hasn’t tabled legislation, or even a credible plan to save us money. Yet, she’s spending more of people’s hard-earned dollars on ads claiming the problem is solved,” said Peter Tabuns, Ontario NDP Energy Critic.

NDP moves to extend rent-hike protection to everyone

The NDP is proposing a new law that would provide rent-hike protection for all renters by immediately closing a loophole that allows landlords in buildings built later than 1991 to hike rents as much as they want.

The private member’s bill, the Rent Protection for All Tenants Act, will be tabled Monday by the NDP’s Peter Tabuns, NDP MPP for Toronto-Danforth. 

NDP’s Horwath launches petition to get 300 schools off the chopping block

The Wynne government revealed Thursday that 300 more schools are on the chopping block, prompting NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to launch a petition campaign to block any further closures. 

Wednesday, the NDP revealed internal briefing notes from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals which prove the government’s policy for measuring school utilization is wrong and misleading. It calculates fully-utilized schools as nearly empty by intentionally ignoring English as an additional language programs, child care programs, adult education programs and more.

NDP’s Horwath demands Wynne’s hydro legislation be tabled Monday

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to table her promised hydro bill on Monday.

“Premier Wynne, has issued a news release and delivered talking points – now it’s time to deliver a plan,” said Horwath. “Ontario families, businesses and municipalities have a right to know what will happen to their bills and who will pay the price for $40 billion going to pay interest rather than investing in hospitals, schools, transit and roads.”

Open Letter from Andrea Horwath to Premier Wynne on North Bay hospital cuts, a direct result of Wynne govt's health care cuts

Dear Premier Wynne:


Hospital hydro bill up nearly $1M, forcing layoffs

Front-line workers say patient care being put in jeopardy


Documents show Wynne government closing schools based on bad numbers

An internal Liberal government document obtained by the NDP shows that the Wynne government knows it's closing schools based on skewed utilization numbers. 

'The Liberal government’s own internal notes are clear: they’re closing schools based on incorrect utilization numbers, and they know it,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

NDP’s Taylor calls on Wynne government for $15 minimum wage

Recognizing that the majority of low-paid workers in Ontario are women, Monique Taylor, Hamilton Mountain MPP, marked International Women’s Day by calling on the Liberal government to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

During question period, Taylor shared the story of a struggling woman who she spoke to recently at Queen’s Park. The woman works in the cafeteria at York University, where workers were on strike.

NDP: Liberal government failed cancer patients

This morning in question period, NDP Health Critic France Gélinas continued to push the government for answers about the shortage of urgently-needed cancer medications.

“Carmen Sebastian is a 68-year-old woman who has advanced-stage cancer. She is one of the 100,000 Canadian women who get diagnosed with cancer each year. On Friday, Carmen got a very disturbing voice mail, telling her that there was a province-wide shortage of chemo drugs and her treatment would be delayed indefinitely,” explained Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt. “Our health care system failed. It failed people like Carmen, who had her cancer treatments cancelled.”

NDP MPP calls on premier to stop cuts to vulnerable children and families

Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain and the NDP critic for children and family Services, today called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop her Liberal government’s cuts and start strengthening Ontario’s social services that children and families depend on.

“Good health outcomes and success in education are determined, in large measure, by social conditions,” said Taylor.

NDP: Chemo drug shortage delays treatments, Minister unaware

NDP Health Critic France Gélinas says the Liberal government dropped the ball when it came to a recent shortage of a cancer treatment drug in Ontario and needs to tell Ontarians what it will do to ensure it doesn't happen again. 

“The last thing that cancer patients and their family want to hear is that their treatment will be delayed. Just think about it: you have cancer, your life depends on prompt treatment and you’re told that you will have to wait - that there’s a chemotherapy drug shortage,” said Gélinas during question period this morning. “That’s exactly what’s happening right here in Ontario. Now we know that at least 35 people in Richmond Hill have had their cancer treatments delayed.”

Wynne government’s disbanding of vegetable growers board puts farmers at risk: NDP

During question period Tuesday, Ontario NDP agriculture and food critic, John Vanthof, called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop jeopardizing the future of Ontario farmers, after the Liberal government interfered in negotiations between vegetable growers and food processors, and dissolved the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers board (OPVG). 

Instead of an elected board that is accountable to farmers, the negotiating rights of vegetable growers are now in the hands of a government appointee who answers to Premier Kathleen Wynne.

NDP nomination meeting gathers big crowd, enthusiastic support

With NDP Leader Andrea Horwath slated to speak to the crowd, over 100 people came to an uncontested nomination meeting Monday evening in Hamilton. The nomination meeting confirmed the candidacy of Hamilton-Stony Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller.

“More and more, we’re seeing people mobilize in Hamilton, and throughout Ontario, heading towards the 2018 election,” said Horwath following her remarks at the meeting.  “Ontarians need good jobs they can raise a family on, healthcare they can count on, better seniors care, and public schools that give kids a great start. And to get there, they need a premier that gets what they’re dealing with. They need a government that focuses on everyday families instead of just politics.

NDP to Wynne: ‘stop subsidizing the privatization of public utilities’

This morning in question period, NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns raised concerns that privatization of Ontario hydro companies is continuing, despite public outcry and government denials.

“Over the weekend, there was a credible report that Hydro One is negotiating to purchase Toronto Hydro. There were denials, but we’ve heard many denials before, just like before the last election when the premier denied that she was selling Hydro One,” said Tabuns. “This sort of deal-making is happening because this government is giving out fat tax breaks to utilities that are sold to the private sector.”

Wynne government’s fare-by-distance costs will hit GTA TTC riders hardest: NDP

During question period Monday, NDP urban transit critic Cheri DiNovo called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to back off a plan to charge all TTC riders a taxi-like per-kilometre rate that would force many GTA riders to pay more.

The Parkdale-High Park MPP demanded Premier Kathleen Wynne instead keep fares simple and affordable for all GTA transit riders, and get on board with the NDP’s plan to restore provincial funding for city transit operations.

Wynne Liberals vote against not-for-profit child care

An NDP bill to support high quality not-for-profit child care was shot down by Wynne Liberal MPPs Thursday.

Bill 98, introduced by Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife, would have ensured dollars earmarked for child care would go directly to quality, affordable, licensed non-profit or public child care. Fife expressed disappointment that 26 Liberal MPPs stood against the bill. 

Bankers win, families pay with Wynne's $40B borrowing scheme

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says bankers will definitely win with Premier Kathleen Wynne's new $40 billion borrowing scheme -- but Ontario families will pay the price. 

Wynne announced Thursday she’ll pay about $40 billion in interest costs over the next 30 years in order to finance a hydro bill subsidy. The slapdash plan fails to fix the root causes of high hydro bills.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's letter to parent of student at school facing shutdown

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath sent the following letter to Joe De Matteis, parent of a student at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School, a Vaughan-area elementary school facing closure. 

Feb. 27th, 2017

NDP pushes for action on Grassy Narrows

NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic Michael Mantha called on the government to release a detailed plan for addressing the long-standing mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River.

This morning during question period, Mantha questioned the sincerity of the government’s promise to “[identify] all contaminated sites and [clean] up the English-Wabigoon River of the mercury that has been poisoning the Grassy and Wabaseemoong First Nations for two generations.” 

MPP Natyshak calls on premier to keep promise to reduce unfair rural hydro rates

During question period this morning, Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak, demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne honour her promise to reduce rural hydro bills after sharing the story of an Essex woman whose hydro bill has skyrocketed since last year. 

“Mrs. Linda Eaton shared her hydro bills with me.  Last year, her January bill was $372.  The premier promised that bills would go down for rural ratepayers like Mrs. Eaton. But that is not what happened. This year, her January bill was over $500. And her hydro delivery charges have doubled in just two years,” Natyshak said. 

NDP statement on Grassy Narrows mercury contamination

NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic Michael Mantha and NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement in response to new information suggesting that mercury is continuing to find its way into the English-Wabigoon River:

“It’s quite troubling to hear that mercury continues to leech into the English-Wabigoon River system. The people of the Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations have been devastated by the contamination, and knowing that mercury is continuing to find its way into their primary food source means their saga is far from over.

Horwath lays out plan for Ontarians to pay less for, and own more of hydro

Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath laid out her plan to cut hydro bills for everyone across the province by up to 30 per cent and to return Hydro One back to public ownership.

“It’s time for the people of Ontario 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.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on anti-Semitic graffiti

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, MPP for Hamilton Centre, issued the following statement on the recent discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti on a Hamilton-area trail: 

“I was saddened and disgusted to learn of the discovery of more anti-Semitic graffiti in Hamilton. For this discovery to be made only hours before I rose to speak at Queen’s Park to condemn prejudice and hatred is a stark and urgent reminder of how much work we have to do to stop faith-based discrimination and racism of all kinds, in Ontario and around the world. 

Liberals play politics with winter power disconnections

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals refused Tuesday to support NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s motion to sever Bill 27 and end winter hydro disconnections – only to introduce the exact same motion on Wednesday.

“It’s painfully obvious that the Liberals are doing what they think is best for the Liberal party – not the people of Ontario,” said Horwath, who added that the NDP will support the motion.

NDP calls on Premier Wynne to restore direct provincial funding for TTC

On the first day of the new legislative session, Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth, called on the Wynne government to improve transit service by restoring provincial funding for 50 per cent of transit operations.

“Under the province’s traditional 50-50 funding formula, the TTC and Wheel-Trans would have received about $345 million in direct provincial funding, based on the budget passed last week,” Tabuns said.  “With this level of provincial funding, the TTC would be able to improve service, boost ridership and give Torontonians more reason to leave the car at home.

Horwath begins new legislative session with focus on Hydro disconnections, Sault families

Today during the first Question Period of the new legislative session at Queen’s Park, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stood up for a Sault family struggling to keep up with their hydro bills, even facing disconnection notices. 

“Charlene lives in the Sault and she has three kids. Her husband works full time, she has two jobs; one part time, and one full time,” said Horwath during Question Period.  “They try to do the laundry and cooking during off-peak hours, but between their work schedules and three kids, it’s hard. Can the Premier tell Charlene and people like her all across Ontario what she thinks they should do to get by?”

Liberals vote against ending winter disconnections

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals had a chance Tuesday to join with the NDP and end the practice of disconnecting hydro in the winter – but voted against it.

“Last year 60,000 households had their hydro cut off,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who tabled the motion on Tuesday morning, the Legislative Assembly’s first day back in session. “Now, the Liberals want to play politics. They want to hold their power to stop winter disconnections as a bargaining chip so they can force the legislature to support their 158-page Harper-style omnibus bill.”

Open letter from NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson: Immediately stop winter hydro disconnections with standalone legislation

Ontario NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson issued the following open letter to Government House Leader Hon. Yasir Naqvi calling for standalone legislation to immediately stop winter hydro disconnections.

Hon. Yasir Naqvi, MPP

Horwath says people’s voices, action to drive new session

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’ll be using the new legislative session to bring the voices of Ontario people to Queen’s Park, and propose solutions to the frustrating situation the Liberal government has put them in.

“Ontario is at a tipping point,” said Horwath. “The cost of living – especially the cost of hydro – is painful. Things we all count on, like hospitals and schools, are being cut and squeezed. Premier Wynne let Ontario down, and it feels like she simply doesn’t get what families are going through.” 

Liberals must stop playing political games with people’s lives, end winter hydro disconnections:

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement.  

'Today’s letter by Minister Thibeault requesting a voluntary end to winter disconnections by LDCs changes nothing. It falls far short of the action Ontarians expect and deserve. Both the premier and the minister need to stop playing political games with people’s lives. 

NDP: Opportunities for Sault Ste. Marie youth a priority

Young people in the Soo deserve meaningful job opportunities in their own community, says Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.  Horwath, NDP candidate and City Councillor Joe Krmpotich, and Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha spent the day in Sault Ste. Marie Friday, talking with the community about creating well-paying jobs on which Soo residents can raise a family.

“Parents and grandparents don’t want to see another generation of young people moving away from the north because they can’t build their career in their own community,” said Horwath.

Toronto needs the province to partner on transit, childcare, affordable housing: Horwath

Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Toronto Mayor John Tory met to discuss ways in which the provincial government can and should be partnering with the City of Toronto when it comes to funding transit and transportation, affordable housing for vulnerable Ontarians, and affordable and accessible childcare for working families across the city. 

“Toronto and municipalities across the province need reliable and stable funding for transit and transportation, and putting Ontarians first means being a partner on that front,” said Horwath. “The province must contribute its fair share. It’s time to immediately restore 50 per cent operating funding for Toronto transit services.”  

Statement by NDP Culture critic Sarah Campbell on TVO ending over-the-air broadcast signal to communities outside Toronto

Sarah Campbell, Ontario NDP Culture Critic and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that TVO will decommission eight over-the-air transmitters on July 31, 2017: 

'New Democrats are deeply concerned that Liberal government cuts to TV Ontario have resulted in this short-sighted decision to eliminate broadcast transmitters to eight Ontario communities.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Black History Month 2017

Hello friends,

As Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over Ontario and everywhere I go, I am reminded of just what an important role the Black community has played in shaping this province, and country.

2017 Black History Month Message from Andrea Horwath

Hello friends, 

As Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over Ontario and everywhere I go, I am reminded of just what an important role the Black community has played in shaping this province, and country. 

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to Premier Wynne: Declare Ontario a “Sanctuary Province”

January 31, 2017

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

Dear Premier Wynne:

Ontarians are dismayed by United States President Donald Trump’s alarming and discriminatory ban on refugees and the citizens of seven primarily Muslim countries.

Like millions of our American neighbours, we believe that a ban against individuals based on religion, race, or country of origin must never be tolerated by Canada. President Trump’s actions are disastrous for innocent people and put the lives of thousands of vulnerable refugees at risk.

As the House of Commons prepares to hold an emergency debate this evening, I am writing to request that you formally urge the Prime Minister to immediately condemn President Trump’s ban, in the strongest possible terms, and to announce that Canada will welcome impacted refugees. The federal government must understand that Ontario will fully support all concrete steps to aid refugees and vulnerable people, including lifting the 1,000 person cap on G5 private refugee sponsorships this year.

Ontario can and must also step up and lead. In addition, I urge you to declare Ontario to be a sanctuary province. In recent years, cities like Toronto and Hamilton have shown tremendous leadership by making local services accessible to all residents, regardless of their immigration status. Now, our province must do the same. We must guarantee that services will always be accessible to everyone in Ontario.

Furthermore, as we stand in solidarity with Muslim Canadians and grieve for the victims of the terrorist attack in Québec City, we must redouble our efforts to fight hate and Islamophobia. We must take concrete actions to affirm that diversity and inclusiveness are our greatest strengths.

Ontario must take real action to show that our communities are always stronger and safer when we are welcoming, inclusive, and when no one lives in fear. I urge you to act without delay.


Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario’s New Democrats

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Québec City mosque shooting

Ontario New Democratic Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement, in response to the deadly attack at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec:

“Like all Canadians, I was heartbroken to hear about the attack at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, in Québec City.

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on addressing the pressing needs of municipalities now

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement.

'The needs of Toronto, and municipalities across the province, have been ignored for too long by Premier Wynne and her Liberal government.  New Democrats are proud to support  citizens groups and municipal leaders who have called on the Province to contribute its fair share when it comes to funding transit and transportation,  affordable housing for vulnerable Ontarians, and affordable and accessible childcare for working families.

Statement by Ontario NDP Advanced Education and Skills Development Critic Peggy Sattler

Ontario NDP Advanced Education and Skills Development Critic Peggy Sattler issued the following statement:

“New Democrats have long called on the Liberal government to put a hard cap on public sector CEO salaries and to make sure that our precious public dollars are used to enrich the learning experience of students instead of enriching executives.  

Joe Krmpotich secures NDP Sault Ste. Marie nomination

This evening in front of a room full of enthusiastic New Democrats, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath welcomed Sault Ste. Marie City Councillor Joe Krmpotich as the party’s nominee for the upcoming provincial byelection in the riding. 

“I am thrilled to have Joe carrying the NDP banner as we head into what will most certainly be a very competitive byelection,” said Horwath at the meeting.  “Joe’s dedication to his community, his eagerness to serve, and his willingness to listen to all points of view and engage with anyone working to make life better for the people of Sault Ste. Marie are just a few of the qualities that will make him an excellent representative for this community.”

Horwath, Singh honour Ontario’s South Asian media outlets

Sunday evening Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh honoured Ontario’s South Asian media outlets with a reception and dinner event in Brampton.

“A thriving and independent press is one of the foundations of our democracy, and a vibrant ethnic press is crucial in a diverse province like ours,” said Horwath at the event.  “The importance of the work that South Asian media does in Ontario cannot be overstated.  You ensure that the work our elected representatives do is communicated back to communities that the English-language press doesn’t necessarily reach; and for that, we thank-you most sincerely.”

Community water needs must take permanent priority over corporate interests:

Ontario NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement: 

“New Democrats welcome the long-overdue acknowledgement that Ontario should not be giving away water to corporate bottlers for a pittance. However, nowhere in today’s announcement does the Liberal government commit to protecting the water needs of municipalities and First Nations communities by giving them permanent priority over commercial interests.

Government must act now on Grassy Narrows mercury contamination

NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Peter Tabuns challenged the Liberal government to act on new information about ongoing mercury contamination affecting the English-Wabigoon River system. 

“Once again supporters, scientists, and the Grassy Narrows people have demonstrated that the mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River system is not just a shameful toxic legacy but an ongoing issue of mercury contamination of the Grassy Narrows and White Dog territories,” said Tabuns.