February 18th, 2016

Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath regarding Liberal government’s wine announcement

“This morning’s wine announcement is déjà vu all over again. It’s another distraction from the Liberal government’s cuts to healthcare, dismal jobs record and Hydro One sell-off.

This is the exact same tactic the Liberal government used before last year’s budget to distract attention from the sale of Hydro One and freezing hospital budgets. With the 2016 budget on the horizon, they’re taking a page from the same playbook.  We can only imagine what other cuts are coming next week. 

Today’s announcement does nothing to help people who are struggling with longer wait times and cuts to healthcare.  It does nothing to help Ontarians who can’t find a good, stable job that they can build a future on. And it does nothing to help  people and businesses who can’t afford to pay their hydro bills.

To add insult to injury, the Premier’s plan once again makes those everyday things that matter to people, like having a glass of wine after a long day of work, or keeping the lights on, more expensive.”