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Statement by Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park) on Ombudsman’s “Nowhere to Turn” Report

“I want to thank the Ombudsman and his whole team for their work on behalf of adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families have heard the Liberals make promise after promise that things would get better, even as they face the same old problems. They heard more promises today. This is not the leadership that people were promised, and they are being let down. As the Ombudsman said, “[w]ithout significant additional reform, many uniquely vulnerable people will continue to be lost in the system and experience harm because of inadequate supports and services.”

New Democrats believe in opportunity and security for everyone which is why the Ministry must immediately act on all of the Ombudsman's recommendations, and in particular get rid of waitlists for services.

Fife says Liberal are "stacking the deck" with Bill 201; NDP calls for greater fairness

NDP Finance Critic Catherine Fife says Liberal Bill 201 is designed to give significant advantages to the governing party, and the party with the wealthiest donors. New Democrats are tabling a series of amendments to Bill 201 that are focused on levelling the political playing field, and bringing greater fairness to Ontario's election rules.

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath regarding US Steel / Stelco Retiree Benefits Ruling

“People who spent their lives working at US Steel and Stelco deserve the pensions and benefits they were promised. I know many of these retirees myself. They worked hard and they were promised a pension, and benefits that help pay for things like medication or new glasses. The Stelco and US Steel retirees are being treated unfairly, and they’re not getting the help or support they need from the Liberals. The Premier isn’t sticking up for the retirees or their families. People deserve so much better.”

Integrity and secret panels don’t mix: NDP

Ontario NDP Transportation Critic Wayne Gates called on the Liberal government to be transparent and accountable when it comes to the review process for the GTA West Highway project.

“If the government is serious about maintaining the ‘integrity’ of the review process for the GTA West Highway, then it should disclose the names of those providing it advice on the multi-billion dollar project,” said NDP Transportation Critic Wayne Gates today.

“Integrity and secret panels don’t mix. The public has a right to know who is giving the government advice on a highway project where billions of public dollars are at stake,” said Gates, responding to a government spokesperson’s claim that the names of those sitting on an advisory panel needed to be kept secret “in order to protect the integrity of the review.”

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: Liberals must resume respectful bargaining with doctors without undue delay

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement urging the Liberal government to resume respectful bargaining with doctors without undue delay.

“The Premier must admit, today, that her Liberal government has broken trust with Ontario’s doctors and the families they serve. The result of this weekend’s vote is just the latest symptom of the growing crisis in health care under this Premier’s watch.

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath regarding OMA vote

"Health care is the silent crisis of this Liberal government and the crisis continues to grow. Today, it’s clear this Premier has broken the trust of Ontario’s doctors. Thousands of doctors and millions of people across the province see that the Liberals are cutting health care and forcing patients to wait longer. The Liberals have broken trust with doctors, fired nurses, and handed pink slips to hospital workers. Cutting health care is no way to build a better future. 

To start to restore respectful bargaining, the government must reconsider binding arbitration for physicians. Doctors should not be forced to use the Courts to decide such an important issue. Doctors in many other provinces have access to binding arbitration and its time has come in Ontario, too. 

Families need health care we can all count on. New Democrats will work closely with doctors to restore trust and build a stronger universal public health care system for our children and the next generation.”

NDP’s Horwath commits to lower hydro bills

Speaking to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath committed to taking immediate steps to lower hydro bills across Ontario. Horwath said upon taking office, an NDP government would take the HST off of hydro bills, immediately lowering bills by 8%, and committed to reducing underlying costs within the first six months.

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the Resignation of Tim Hudak

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement on the resignation of Tim Hudak.

“On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats I want to thank Tim Hudak for his many years of public service as a Member of Provincial Parliament. While Tim will be the first to agree that we rarely saw eye to eye on matters of policy, I have nothing but respect for his commitment to his constituents in Niagara West-Glanbrook and to his party during his time as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. Tim earned respect from all sides of the political spectrum for his careful preparation, his sharp wit and his keen sense of humour in the Legislature. Political life is never easy. It takes great personal sacrifice, and makes demands on our families. Tim has earned some well-deserved time with his wife Deb and their young daughters, Miller and Maitland.  We wish him the very best in his future projects.”

 

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Statement by Ontario NDP Leader on Provincial and Demonstration School Announcement

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement in response to the government announcement about Provincial and Demonstration schools.

“When Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals announced they were freezing enrollment to Provincial schools for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as Demonstration Schools for students with severe learning disabilities, it threw families into chaos. Sadly this wasn’t the first time that Kathleen Wynne thought she could get away with cutting services for the most vulnerable Ontarians. Earlier this year, Kathleen Wynne pushed ahead with increases to seniors’ drug costs and cuts to autism services. New Democrats worked together with concerned Ontarians to stop these cuts. 

The fact that the Premier is backtracking on her short-sighted plan to close Provincial and Demonstration schools is good news for students and their parents. Once again it’s through the hard work and advocacy of families that the government has been forced to change their position. New Democrats are proud to stand with Provincial and Demonstration school families.

Kathleen Wynne must now commit to keeping these schools open in the long term to put parents' minds at ease and she must stop further cuts to special education funding across the province.”

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