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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.”

CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT - OUTREACH/CASEWORK Part Time – Permanent MPP Peter Tabuns – Toronto-Danforth

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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.

As we commemorate the loss of the Jews killed in the Holocaust, we also honour the survivors, and their strength and perseverance. In Canada, 40,000 Holocaust survivors have gone on to build a new life, sowing the seeds of today’s vibrant, thriving Jewish community.

New Democrats call on all Ontarians to be vigilant in the fight against anti-Semitism and hate. Let us honour the victims of the Holocaust by sharing their stories, to ensure that no such crime occurs ever again.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

Ontario desperately needs rent control protections for every Ontarian, regardless of where they live, as well as affordability measures and more affordable housing stock.” 

 

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.

Ontario desperately needs rent control protections for every Ontarian, regardless of where they live, as well as affordability measures and more affordable housing stock.” 

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.

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