Author Archives: Andrea Horwath

Ford plans to shut down Queen’s Park — Horwath to refuse until Ford replaces police state with public health

Doug Ford’s government has informed the NDP it intends to shut down the legislature by Wednesday. Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and the NDP MPPs will refuse to cooperate until the government has reversed its dangerous police-state orders in their entirety, and replaced them with public health measures to stop COVID-19. “People are laying in crowded hospital hallways, struggling to ...

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NDP releases Ontario’s boldest-ever climate plan

Andrea Horwath and the NDP are laying out the boldest, most effective and achievable climate plan Ontario’s ever had. In Climate. Jobs. Justice. A Green New Democratic Deal Horwath’s NDP commits to a comprehensive strategy to make Ontario net-zero by 2050, and orchestrate a just transition including the creation of 100,000 permanent jobs from an ambitious building retrofit program, and ...

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Le NPD dévoile le plan climatique le plus audacieux qu’ait connu l’Ontario

Andrea Horwath et le NPD viennent de dévoiler le plan climatique le plus ambitieux, le plus efficace et le plus faisable qu’ait jamais connu l’Ontario. Dans Climat. Emplois. Justice. Pacte vert néo-démocrate, le NPD d’Andrea Horwath s’engage à metre en oeuvre une stratégie exhaustive pour faire de l’Ontario une province à zéro émission d’ici 2050, et à organiser une transition ...

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Horwath rotates legislative responsibilities

In addition to creating new critic responsibilities, Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath has shuffled legislative responsibilities within her team. “Everyday families deserve a government that gives them hope by going all-in on stopping the spread, and they deserve a government that gives them the help they need to make it to the other side of this horrific pandemic,” said Horwath. ...

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Ford still chooses crowded classrooms, Horwath urges provincial funding to cap

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to the announcement of federal funding for the return to school, and Doug Ford’s choice not to use those funds to shrink class sizes: “It’s gut-wrenching for families and educators that Doug Ford continues to choose crowded classrooms instead of smaller, safer classes. After today’s federal education funding ...

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back-to-school scheme leaves parents feeling anxious and afraid for September

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stood alongside anxious parents Wednesday at Birch Cliff Public School in Scarborough who are desperately worried about Doug Ford’s dangerous back-to-school scheme that puts the health of their children at risk and fails to offer any child care support if the start of the school year is delayed.   “For months now, parents have ...

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PSWs are overworked and underpaid

On Thursday, Doug Ford acknowledged for the first time that personal support workers (PSWs) in Ontario are overworked and underpaid — a problem that governments have caused, that everyone in Ontario has known about for ages, and that Ford could fix right now.   Despite Ford’s claims that he can’t take action now, he’s the only one that can mandate ...

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Response to Doug Ford’s commitment to keeping class sizes big in September

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition New Democrats, released the following statement in response to Premier Doug Ford’s news conference Wednesday, in which he defended his decision to send kids back to school with regular, large class sizes for all primary school students and many high school students. “Like many parents, teachers, educators and health experts, I was horrified ...

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NDP calls for independent Preparedness Review as preparation for second wave

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the government to conduct an independent Preparedness Review of the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ontario’s readiness for a potential second wave.   “People and small businesses are doing their part to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19, but is the government doing everything it can to shield us against the health ...

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LTC announcement shows Ford’s renewed commitment to private LTC

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to Doug Ford’s long-term care announcement, in which he commits to altering the funding formula for long-term care construction:   “The announcement by Premier Doug Ford means the for-profit corporations that have failed seniors for years could get even more public money. Today feels like a re-run of years of ...

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