Statement from Ontario NDP Finance Critic John Vanthof on the FAO annual report

Ontario NDP Finance Critic John Vanthof issued the following statement on the FAO annual report.

“Today’s report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) makes clear that Kathleen Wynne’s privatization agenda, giving up dividends from profitable Crown corporations – particularly Hydro One – is about doing what’s good for the Liberal party at the expense of the people of Ontario.

Right after the election, Ontario’s debt will grow. One-time revenues from the sell-off of Hydro One will be gone as will the dividend benefits for Ontarians.  This FAO report confirms that, once again, Ontarians can’t trust what this Liberal government is saying.

I don’t blame Ontario families for worrying about which of their public assets Kathleen Wynne will put on the auction block next. We simply can’t let her do any more damage.”

NDP: Liberal cuts worsen Toronto housing crisis

Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns is urging Premier Kathleen Wynne to restore funding to Toronto social housing, as decades of cuts by Conservative and Liberal governments have left the city scrambling to repair crumbling social housing stock.

“Nearly 20 years ago, the Conservatives downloaded responsibility for social housing to the municipalities; they had no way to pay for it. This action created a permanent crisis for affordable housing, most acutely in Toronto,” explained Tabuns this morning during question period. “Instead of fixing this crisis, the premier made things worse by cutting $129 million per year in annual funding for Toronto’s housing programs.


NDP Leader: Liberal and Conservative cuts to blame for Sault Area Hospital overcrowding

Today during question period, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath pressed the Wynne Liberals to explain why they think Sault residents should the pay the price for years of Liberal and Conservative cuts to hospital budgets.

“Health care should be there when people need it, but cuts and underfunding by both the Wynne Liberals and the Conservatives have pushed the Sault Area Hospital to the brink,” said Horwath. “Instead of fixing the problems in this year’s budget, Wynne has shortchanged Ontario’s hospitals, including the SAH, by over $300 million dollars.”

Wynne puts Algoma jobs at risk

Under questioning from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Kathleen Wynne's government refused Monday to protect Algoma steel jobs in Sault Ste. Marie.

The NDP has committed to investments to save the Huron Central Railway – the line that carries Algoma steel and other products of the local economy to market. By refusing the save the railway, Wynne is putting hundreds of Algoma steel jobs at risk.

Horwath demands Wynne withdraw regulation forcing political messages into hydro bills

On Monday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded Premier Kathleen Wynne withdraw her new proposed law that would force all electricity companies to insert Wynne's political message into hydro bills until the next election.

The proposed regulation is being pushed through Wynne’s cabinet this month. It includes a specific, self-promoting message Wynne plans to force all electricity vendors and sub-metering companies to insert into hydro bills.

NDP's Horwath, Krmpotich commit to funding to keep HCRY, Essar jobs alive

Today, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich announced their funding commitment to keep the Huron Central Railway rolling in order to protect and create good jobs in the Sault.

"Huron Central's line to Sudbury is how Essar gets Sault products to market," said Krmpotich. "Without it, hundreds of jobs will be lost. I'm proud to say that the NDP won't let that happen."

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo calls for action in housing crisis unfolding in Parkdale

Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park and NDP Critic for GTA Issues, is standing with Parkdale tenants on rent strike, and calling on AIMCo to immediately stop issuing evictions notices and the Liberal government to immediately address the housing crisis unfolding in her riding in Parkdale.

“I will not stand by while my neighbours and constituents are pushed out of their homes and their communities.” said DiNovo. “Kathleen Wynne must act immediately to protect tenants from eviction.”

Health care wait times are too high in the Sault: NDP

The NDP says years of cuts and underfunding by Lberal and Conservative governments have led to health care wait times that are too long in the Sault – and it's time to turn that around with a voice that will fight for more resources.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 90 per cent of admitted patients wait as long as 53 hours in the Sault Area Hospital ER for a hospital bed. Sault's hospital is the second most crowded hospital in Ontario, according to numbers revealed by a recent Globe and Mail article.

FAO report warns that Wynne hydro plan will cause bills to soar: NDP

A new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms that Premier Kathleen Wynne's Hydro borrowing scheme will cause Hydro bills to soar. Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns said the report shows that Wynne’s plan is even costlier than feared, and is about saving Liberal seats at the expense of everyone who pays a hydro bill.

"We thank the Financial Accountability Officer, Stephen LeClair, for his work and urge Kathleen Wynne to see it as a big red flag," said NDP Energy critic MPP Peter Tabuns. "The cost to everyday families and businesses across Ontario with this plan is far too high.”



On the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, Ontario’s New Democrats join with Ontario’s South Asian community, and all Canadians, to remember this dark chapter in Canada’s history.

When the Komagata Maru landed in Vancouver 103 years ago, 352 passengers – largely Sikh – fleeing British colonial rule in India were refused entry to Canada, and refused even basic necessities such as food and water. The decision to refuse to help these passengers seeking refuge and a better life was the result of exclusionary laws designed to keep immigrants of Asian origin and descent out of Canada.

New Democrats across the country joined with the South Asian community as far back as 2007 in calling for a formal apology from the Canadian government. Ontario’s New Democrats have also worked closely with Ontario’s Sikh community on issues including the creation Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario, formal recognition of the November 1984 Sikh massacre, and flying the Nishaan Sahib outside the provincial legislature – a historic first.

Across the country, New Democrats and the Sikh community are united by shared values of selfless service, community wellbeing and optimism. Although the discriminatory laws that led to the incident are gone, racist sentiments and anti-immigrant discrimination are still present in Canada today. All Canadians should use the memory of the Komagata Maru to remind us to stand up to oppression and injustice whenever we see it.

Racism, faith-based discrimination, and prejudice have no place here.



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Art Show, Wine & Cheese: "Artists of the Land Between"
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An event in support of Simcoe North NDP.

$55 per person.