Author Archives: Andrea Horwath

Ford PCs gearing up for sell-offs and privatization

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said Wednesday she’s concerned that the Ford government’s recent review of the books is laying the groundwork for the privatization of public assets.   On the heels of Ford’s theatrical pronouncement that the deficit is deep and the province is in need of cash, this week’s release of a review of the books recommended a “divestiture” ...

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Horwath addresses caucus in Scarborough

Andrea Horwath gathered the NDP caucus in Scarborough Friday, delivering a leader’s report in which she said the role of the Official Opposition in Ontario is as critical as it ever has been. “Doug Ford has attacked the courts. He’s attacked democracy. Now, he’s attacking any person in Ontario who dares to disagree with him,” said Horwath. “This week has ...

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Weekend sitting should be about Ontarians’ priorities

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement on Doug Ford’s use of the legislature this weekend to push through a bill that will violate the Charter rights of all Ontarians in order to interfere in Toronto’s election. “NDP MPPs would be very happy to sit all weekend to deal with the issues facing Ontarians, issues such as painfully ...

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Horwath – Superior court decision shows Ford is abusing his power

Sep 10, 2018 @ 15:55 Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath is calling Doug Ford’s vow to invoke the notwithstanding clause and suspend part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Ontarians an unprecedented abuse of power.   “Invoking the notwithstanding clause in a case like this is an unprecedented move, literally suspending the Charter rights of Ontario people ...

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Labour Day statement from Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Labour Day statement from Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath, “Labour Day is an important day for Ontarians to celebrate the protections and rights that generations of workers and unions have fought hard to secure over the years. Today, we celebrate our sisters and brothers who fought to ensure that all workers in Ontario could enjoy the gains made through better ...

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Northern Ontario MPPs named to key roles in Horwath’s Official Opposition

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath has named a northern NDP MPP as one of her new deputy leaders, and assigned key critic roles to the NDP’s northern team of MPPs to help make life better for northern families.   Horwath announced critic roles for the NDP, Ontario’s Official Opposition, on Thursday.   “Our strong team of Northern New Democrats will ...

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Doug Ford threatens lives by cancelling new overdose prevention sites

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says Doug Ford’s decision to halt the opening of planned overdose prevention sites flies in the face of all advice from experts, community members, and volunteers, and risks the lives of Ontarians struggling with addiction.   “Late on Friday, the government ordered a halt to previously approved overdose prevention sites. The Premier is interfering with ...

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Horwath’s motion to stop Ford’s election meddling debated Thursday

Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath has tabled a motion in the legislature that will be debated Thursday to stop Doug Ford’s attempts to meddle in municipal elections in Toronto, Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara.   “Doug Ford didn’t consult anyone before announcing that he plans to pass a law that amounts to rigging municipal elections,” said Horwath at a rally ...

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Andrea Horwath on Province’s cuts to Social Assistance and cancellation of Basic Income Pilot Program

Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to Doug Ford’s plan to cut social assistance rates and cancel the basic income pilot program:   “Doug Ford’s decision to slash the meagre increases to social assistance is appalling, it drags Ontario backwards, and it pushes those already at a disadvantage even deeper into poverty. For Mr. Ford’s ...

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NDP MPPs fight back against Ford’s move to rig municipal elections

With municipal elections well under way, Doug Ford’s move to take revenge on his political enemies by interfering in races across the province is petty and mean-spirited, says Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath — who led Monday’s question period with a sharp indictment of the move.   “Doug Ford cooked up his backroom plot to steal power from the people, ...

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Doug Ford’s $330 million slash to mental health funding will take Ontario’s mental health crisis from bad to worse

Doug Ford is dragging Ontario backwards, now including a $330 million-per-year cut to planned mental health funding — a slash that will mean longer waits, less supports and more people in crisis. Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition, spoke out against Ford’s funding slash Thursday in the legislature, but the Ford Conservatives dug in their heels, worrying Ontarians that ...

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Horwath calls for amendment to show Hydro One exec payout

Leader of the Official Opposition Andrea Horwath said Tuesday that any claim that the Ford government makes about transparency at Hydro One under Bill 2 is meaningless unless it includes full disclosure of all payments to outgoing Hydro One executives and board members, and called for an amendment to Bill 2 to accomplish that. “Mr. Ford must immediately tell the ...

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NDP – Throne Speech points to Ford’s plan to take Ontario from bad to worse

Leader of the Official Opposition Andrea Horwath said Thursday’s throne speech shows Ontario being dragged backwards, thanks to backroom deals Ford has made with insiders and lobbyists. “He’s dividing Ontarians, and sending a clear message that Ford will govern just for a few,” said Horwath. “For well-connected Ford insiders or lobbyists, apparently Ford’s happy to work out a deal to ...

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