Record turnout for Ontario NDP convention

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s excited about this weekend’s provincial convention as party members from across the province come together to map out a path forward for the party.

“This weekend, New Democrats from across Ontario will debate issues, share ideas, talk about the future of our party and chart a way forward to building a better province,” said Horwath.  “Party members play an important role in shaping the direction of the Ontario NDP. This convention will be a launching pad for the next four years as we put forward a vision for a more inclusive and progressive province.”

More than 1,000 delegates from across Ontario will convene in Toronto this weekend – a record turnout for an ONDP convention. Party members and affiliates will come together to debate a record number of resolutions, discuss issues, share ideas, and reach out to new and old friends. Exciting guest speakers like spoken word artist Ritallin and political strategist Cathy Allen will inspire the crowd.

Horwath will also share her vision for the party province’s future.

“New Democrats will fight for people who’ve been abandoned by the Liberals and the Conservatives,” said Horwath. “We’re going to fight for a province that takes care of people when they are sick, provides a better future for our children, creates good-paying jobs and a better strategy for protecting the environment. A province where people work in a safe and harassment-free work environment, where essential services like heat, hydro and water are affordable, and public services are protected and not privatized,” said Horwath.

In the last election, 1.1 million people voted NDP, the most votes the party has received since 1990. Horwath said she will work hard to continue to build on that momentum.