NDP statement on AODA Alliance FOI ruling

NDP Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities Critic Monique Taylor issued the following statement on the recent ruling from the Information and Privacy Commission regarding a Freedom of Information request from the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance:

“As the NDP critic for Accessibility Issues, I was pleased to see that the Information and Privacy Commission has ruled in favour of transparency and accountability by ordering the Liberal government to waive the thousands of dollars in fees they had levied against Ontarians trying to access information about accessibility enforcement and compliance in the province.

It’s been literally years since David Lepofsky and the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance requested straight forward details on what the Liberal government was doing to make sure businesses were complying with the accessibility act. New Democrats support the enforcement of accessibility standards in Ontario, and we believe the government should do so in a transparent, accountable way. 

The Information and Privacy Commission rightly saw the information being sought as having a clear public health and safety benefit – and how could it not?

It’s totally unreasonable for the government to charge over $4,000 for access to the information in the first place, as well as spending thousands of dollars on a team of lawyers to fight the AODA Alliance. Ordering the Liberals to drop the $4,000 fee is a good start; the right thing for the Wynne Liberals to do would be to waive the remaining $750 charge entirely.”

Seniors and their loved ones deserve full investigation into the crisis in long-term care: Horwath

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement.

“New Democrats, seniors groups, health care advocates, and concerned families across the province have spoken out clearly on the urgent need for a broad based public inquiry into the systemic problems in long-term care. We are concerned that today’s announcement from Premier Wynne and her Liberal government fails to specify key issues that must be included in the inquiry’s mandate such as:

  • Safety of residents and staff
  • Quality of care/minimum standards of direct daily care
  • Funding levels
  • Staffing levels and staffing practices
  • Regulation, enforcement, and inspections
  • Capacity, availability, and accessibility in all regions
  • The impact of for-profit privatization on care
  • Government action and inaction on previous recommendations to improve the long-term care system.


Ontarians expect this public inquiry to examine the circumstances of the Wettlaufer murders, but we cannot stop there.  Seniors and their loved ones need a full investigation into the long-standing systemic problems that have thrown seniors’ care into crisis, and caused hardship for families across the province. It is not enough for this inquiry to examine whether the Long-Term Care Homes Act is being followed. We already know that seniors deserve stronger protections that safeguard their health, safety and dignity in long-term care.”

Wynne Liberals fail vulnerable children and youth by freezing mental health budgets: NDP

Two London NDP MPPs say the Wynne Liberals have worsened a funding crisis in children’s mental health services in Ontario, by failing to increase base funding for care agencies for more than 10 years, coupled with decades of chronic underfunding.

“Children and youth across Ontario are in desperate need of help, and children’s mental health agencies are struggling to keep up,” said London West MPP Peggy Sattler. “By perpetuating and worsening this funding crisis, Kathleen Wynne is failing children and youth living with mental health issues and their families. This is contributing to the tragedy of youth suicide we have experienced in London and communities across Ontario, and the epidemic of youth suicide among indigenous young people.”

Patients, health care workers paying the price for years of Liberal cuts: NDP

The NDP says the time has come for the Ontario government to start investing in our health care system again, after years of Liberal budget cuts and freezes have left hospitals overcrowded, and scrambling to address mounting demand for care. This week, reports detailed the extreme measures being taken by Hamilton area hospitals: Hamilton Health Sciences is being forced to cut another $20 million while St. Jospeh’s Healthcare is being forced to cut $7 million. 

“Patient care has already been seriously impacted by the Wynne government’s cuts to health care,” said NDP Health critic France Gélinas. “People in pain wait hours in emergency rooms and admitted patients spend days on gurneys in hallways. Years of cuts, underfunding and frozen budgets at the hands of Wynne and the Liberals have done deep damage to the health care that families count on.

Chatham dogs saved, time to end breed-specific legislation: DiNovo

Cheri DiNovo, NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park, welcomed news that the dogs rescued from a dogfighting ring in the Chatham area will be sent to Florida for rehabilitation – but said the case highlights the need to end legislation that targets dogs based on their breed or even just their appearance.

“For too long, Ontario has allowed healthy dogs to be euthanized by labelling them as ‘pit bulls’ and denying them a chance for rehabilitation,” said DiNovo who is the author of a Private Member’s Bill aimed at repealing Ontario’s breed specific legislation (BSL).

NDP calls for financial risk information on OLG privatization

With the Wynne Liberals expected to hand over a gaming monopoly as part of its OLG privatization in the coming weeks, the NDP is asking the independent Financial Accountability Office of Ontario to calculate how much Ontario families stand to lose.

Finance critic, MPP John Vanthof, wrote to Financial Accountability Officer Stephen LeClair Wednesday asking the FAO to determine the financial risks to the province.

NDP MPP and Fort Erie Mayor: Woodbine stabling policy threatens Fort Erie Race Track

NDP Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop say a new stabling policy introduced by Woodbine Racetrack limiting horse movement is having serious negative consequences for horse racing in the province.  

“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, what Woodbine in Toronto is doing is not only unprecedented, it’s frankly unfair,” said Gates. “I can see firsthand the negative affect that this is having on the Fort Erie Racetrack and the Niagara tourism industry.”

NDP statement on Wynne’s Sudbury byelection trial testimony

NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson released the following statement regarding Premier Kathleen Wynne’s upcoming trial testimony, stemming from the 2015 Sudbury byelection: 

“I don’t blame Ontarians for being frustrated that the Wynne government’s time and energy is being spent defending its actions in court.

In the coming weeks, Ontarians will have to sit through the news from two trials related to how Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals do business. Wynne’s former top advisors Patricia Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed will be tried for allegedly violating the Elections Act related to bribery accusations in Glenn Thibeault’s Sudbury byelection, shortly before the Liberal government’s former chief of staff and deputy chief of staff will face a separate criminal trial for their alleged role in the $1.1-billion gas-plant scandal and its cover up. 

Meanwhile, Ontario families are at a tipping point. The cost of living is up. Wages are flat. Services we all count on, like health care, have been squeezed through round after round of cuts by Wynne’s Liberals. People need a government that’s focused on what matter to us – our hydro bills, hospitals and seniors care homes and our children’s classrooms. Instead, the Liberal government is mired in scandal and self-defense, focused on its party and its friends.

It’s unprecedented for a sitting premier to be called to testify in a trial – I can see why Ontarians feel she has betrayed their trust. 

We share Ontarians’ frustrations.”

Ontario NDP statement on First Nations youth health and safety crisis

Ontario NDP critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Michael Mantha issued the following statement today following an announcement by the ministers of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Health and Long-Term Care and Children and Youth Services regarding mental health counsellors on the Pikangikum First Nation. 

“Mental health care is health care, and for too long, Indigenous communities haven’t had appropriate access to either. This week’s announcement regarding more counsellor resources for Pikangikum First Nation is welcome – we’re hopeful that individuals will finally receive the help they need, that they’ve waited too long for. However, other First Nation communities throughout Ontario are also in a state of emergency. With suicide, especially among youth, tragically all too common, Ontario needs a government that is ready to step up and ensure everyone has mental health care they can count on – before it’s too late.

Help from federal and provincial governments has been slow to arrive. Lives are at stake – that can’t continue.

Statement from Essex MPP Natyshak on Thomas Canning

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak issued the following statement regarding news that Maidstone-based Thomas Canning has entered receivership.

“First and foremost, I am concerned for the local workers, producers, and families affected by this change. Ontario’s agricultural producers and processers have been hard hit in recent years, and we need to do what we can to keep this vital part of our economy, and our community, healthy and thriving, including making sure employees and producers owed money by the current owners are paid what they’re owed.

My colleagues and I will be closely watching the situation, and working with the community however we can. We look forward to hearing more details about the possible sale of the plant to another Ontario-based processor, and we are ready to work with the community to keep this plant and these jobs here in Maidstone, where they belong.”

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