Author Archives: Andrea Horwath

Fix the First Nations water crisis, send the bill to Ottawa

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that since the federal Liberal government has let people down by refusing to ensure there is clean, safe drinking water in First Nations communities, the province needs to step in, address the water crisis and send the bill to Ottawa.   Visiting northern First Nations this week, Horwath spent time in Neskantaga First ...

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NDP urges Ford to take action to stem Thunder Bay job losses

As workers and families reel from the news that Bombardier plans to issue hundreds of lay-off notices at its Thunder Bay plant, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) are urging the province to get in gear and take action, rather than just letting the jobs go.   “Our hearts are with the workers and families who ...

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Andrea Horwath – Happy Canada Day!

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement on Canada Day 2019:   “Happy Canada Day! May you enjoy celebrations with friends and family, and have an opportunity today to appreciate the beauty of Canada and the incredible communities and people that make up this great nation. Ontarians can be proud of their hard work and caring society, which has ...

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Premier Doug Ford throws his cabinet under the bus for his cuts

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said with Thursday’s cabinet shuffle, Doug Ford is attempting to throw his own cabinet under the bus for executing cuts that he ordered.   “The problem over the last year wasn’t who was executing Doug Ford’s cuts — it was Doug Ford’s cuts. Today, he had a chance to change direction. Instead, he’s throwing ...

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At Ontario NDP convention, Horwath focuses on plans that deliver on hope

Speaking to more than 1,500 people at the Ontario NDP convention Saturday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was focused on hope — and how the NDP is making plans to deliver. “For all the people hurt by Doug Ford’s cuts, and for all the people worried about how Doug Ford will hurt them next, there is hope,” said Horwath. “We’re going ...

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Ontario must provide whatever help Pikangikum needs: Horwath

      Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on Premier Doug Ford today to commit to providing whatever help Pikangikum First Nation needs after it declared a state of emergency.     The state of emergency was declared as growing forest fires seriously threaten the fly-in community of around 4,000 people.   “Yesterday, I spoke with Chief Amanda ...

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Ontario NDP tables motion to declare climate emergency in Ontario

The Ontario NDP has introduced a motion to declare a climate emergency in Ontario. “Climate change is no longer only about our climate future. It is an imminent emergency. It is happening now,” said Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath. “Ontarians are already witnessing the devastating consequences of climate change first hand. We have seen this in Bracebridge, Ottawa, and in ...

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Statement from Horwath and Mamakwa on tragic fire in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa  released the following statement to express their deepest condolences after a tragic fire in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation claimed multiple lives:   “Today we join with the people of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation who are grieving the tragic deaths of community members and loved ones in an early morning house fire.   Our thoughts and our hearts are ...

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Cancer patients fight back against Ford health overhaul scheme

All but 30 of the 1,594 people who applied to be heard by the government on its health care overhaul scheme were turned away by the Doug Ford government, prompting NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to call attention to their stories, and their objections, in the legislative assembly Tuesday.   “Kenneth Yurchuk is almost 70 years old and battling cancer, having ...

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Ford’s Harris-throwback appointment of Harnick deeply troubling

On Thursday, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said that Doug Ford’s appointment of Charles Harnick to be the new Chair of Legal Aid Ontario is deeply troubling. Harnick served as Attorney General and Minister responsible for Native Affairs in Mike Harris’ cabinet. During his tenure, he made devastating front-line staffing cuts, including consolidating regional Family Responsibility Offices (FRO) throughout Ontario, ...

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Statement from Andrea Horwath on OPP commissioner appointment

NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to the Ford government’s appointment of a new Commissioner for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP): “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique on his appointment as the new OPP commissioner. I look forward to meeting him, and wish him well in his ...

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Women Lead Change

NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following message on International Women’s Day:   “On International Women’s Day, New Democrats recognize the many hurdles that women and girls in Ontario, Canada and across the world have overcome, and renew our efforts to keep tearing down the barriers that women and girls everywhere continue to face. This year, we’re recognizing ...

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Horwath Continues to Protest Cuts to Autism Services

As thousands of people flocked to Queen’s Park to protest Doug Ford’s cuts to autism services and demand better, NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and the New Democrat MPPs joined them — both outside at a rally, and inside Queen’s Park, where the NDP raised the stories of children with autism throughout question period.   “All any parent wants is to ensure ...

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Federal drug announcement more disappointing stalling: Ontario NDP

Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to the federal announcement on drug coverage:   “Today’s announcement on drugs by the federal Liberals is more recommendations, more delays, and no action — again. That affirms for me that Ontario will have to implement its own universal pharmacare program, a drug plan that covers everyone. In the last election, I ...

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