NDP calls on Wynne government for inquests into deaths of children in care

During question period on Tuesday, Monique Taylor, the NDP critic for children and youth services, called on the Wynne government to hold a mandatory inquest each time a child under its care dies, after several children and youth living in foster and group homes died over the last six months.

In February, fire swept through a foster home near Lindsay, killing 14-year-old Kassy Finbow and Andrea Reid, one of the caregivers.

Horwath brings fight for jobs in the Sault to Queen’s Park

Today during question period, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded to know why the Wynne Liberals are ramming through their $40 billion hydro borrowing scheme when they know it will threaten jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province. 

Horwath told the legislature about Steve and Lucy Fronzi, business owners in the Sault who employ over 50 people in their community. They already pay over $10,000 every month for hydro, and if their bills go up any further, they may have to cut back on staff.

Statement from the Office of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Prior to announcing that he will enter the federal NDP leadership contest, NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramlea-Gore-Malton), spoke with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath about his intentions. They agreed to an adjustment of his caucus duties consistent with the rules federal NDP caucus members seeking the leadership are required to meet.

Singh will step down as Deputy Leader for the duration of the Federal NDP Leadership campaign.

·       Stepping in as critic for the Anti-Racism Directorate portfolio is Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London-Fanshawe.

·       Stepping in as critic for Government and Consumer Affairs is Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls.

·       Stepping in as critic for the Attorney General is Gilles Bisson, MPP for Timmins-James Bay.

Singh will continue to serve his constituents as the NDP MPP for Bramlea-Gore-Malton, and will remain a valued member of the NDP caucus team.

NDP to vote against Wynne hydro hike

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new hydro deal will cause hydro bills to soar – which is why the NDP will vote against the Liberal borrowing bill.

Last week, leaked secret documents from Wynne’s cabinet showed that the Liberal government’s plan to borrow billions of dollars will cause electricity bills to shoot up sharply after the election, as ratepayers will be forced to pay back billions, plus interest.

NDP calls for Wynne to turn hydro bill hike docs over to FAO

Disgusted by documents showing the Wynne Liberals will dump the cost of their hydro borrowing scheme on Ontarians’ hydro bills, the NDP is asking the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) to investigate – and demanding that Wynne cooperate.

The NDP’s request for an FAO evaluation comes just after the leak of confidential Liberal cabinet documents that show hydro bills would shoot up sharply in just four years to pay back money the Liberals plan to borrow.

Wynne leaves out majority of Ontarians from drug coverage: NDP

During question period Thursday, NDP health critic France Gélinas demanded to know why Premier Kathleen Wynne is refusing to cover medication for Ontarians over the age of 24. 

Gélinas told the legislature about Sarah, a 27-year old worker and student from Norwich, Ontario who needs medication for a serious eye condition.

NDP: Liberal ‘Hydro Plan’ will cause bills to soar

Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement in response documents leaked by a whistleblower that suggest hydro rates will soar as a result of the Liberal government’s hydro scheme. 

“By ignoring Ontarians and selling off the majority stake of Hydro One earlier this week, and plowing ahead with a bizarre borrowing scheme, Kathleen Wynne is causing already-high hydro rates to soar.

NDP tells Wynne to fund Toronto’s Relief Line subway

During question period Thursday, MPP Cheri DiNovo, the NDP’s urban transit critic demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne commit to funding the Relief Line subway for Toronto.

“The Mayor of Toronto and the TTC say that the Relief Line must be built before the Yonge line extension, or else there will be transit chaos.  But the premier seems to be more interested in saving Liberal seats north of Toronto than funding a subway project that transit experts say must come first,” said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park. 

“Why is the premier once again putting her own political interests ahead of what’s best for Toronto’s transit riders?”

Prior to the 2014 election, the premier told Torontonians that the Relief Line subway was one of her top transit priorities.  But since the election, she has refused to commit to funding the construction of the Relief Line. 

“Toronto and the TTC have declared the Relief Line to be its top transit priority. But so far, the premier has committed exactly zero dollars to the construction of the Relief Line,” DiNovo said. 

“It is impossible for the City of Toronto to plan the construction of major infrastructure projects when it doesn’t know if the provincial government will be a funding partner.

“Will the premier commit today to funding the Relief Line, or will she keep letting down Toronto transit riders?”

Horwath addresses FONOM, says investment in the north key to success

Ontario NDP Leader addressed delegates at the Federation Of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) conference Thursday, telling delegates she believes that investment in the north is critical to the success and prosperity of the province.

“Northern Ontario deserves real investment, a real future, and a government that’s actually working with you to make life better for everyone who lives here,” said Horwath. “I know that when we invest in the north, the whole province benefits.

Hallway medicine continues: Brampton family suffers heartbreaking effects of Wynne’s health care cuts

Wednesday during question period, Ontario NDP Health critic MPP France Gélinas demanded answers from Premier Kathleen Wynne regarding the tragic case of 87 year old Ralfina Dillerop of Brampton, Ontario.

Dillerop waited five long days in the Emergency Department at Brampton Civic Hospital, Ontario’s busiest ER, before finally being admitted to a bed. She subsequently passed away while receiving treatment at the hospital. 

“Ms. Dillerop’s family was told by her doctor that the long hallway stint left her severely dehydrated and actually worsened her respiratory condition,” Gélinas told the Liberal premier today in the legislature. “Does the premier see a connection between her years of frozen hospital budgets and cuts to front-line health care workers and heartbreaking stories like Ralfina’s?” 

The vice-president of Medical Affairs at Brampton Civic Hospital told CTV journalists that the hospital is overburdened by the large number of patients coming into the emergency department every day. The ER sees an average of 400 patients per day, which is 160 per cent more than it was designed to care for.

“The hospital has said that they need at least 200 more beds in the short term, and more than 600 in the long term, essentially another hospital – just to keep up with the demand for care,” said Gélinas. “Does the premier plan to fix this crisis that she and her government have helped create in Brampton and across the GTHA?”

Wynne’s latest budget allocated $300 million less than what hospitals said they needed just to maintain the already-squeezed status quo.

The Ontario NDP has committed to providing Ontario’s hospitals with stable, predictable base funding that keeps up with both population growth and inflation if the party forms government in 2018. In addition, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has demanded a moratorium on the layoff of nurses from hospitals, citing the need to preserve quality, front-line health care, and reverse the damage done by Wynne and her Liberals.

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