Author Archives: Andrea Horwath

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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Horwath calls for a full public inquiry into Ford’s OPP meddling

In light of the extremely disturbing news that the government has fired whistleblower and Deputy Director of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Brad Blair, NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for a full public inquiry into Doug Ford’s meddling in the OPP, and the firing of Blair.   “Brad Blair is both a whistleblower and a distinguished officer with decades ...

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Horwath – Ford’s backroom health care overhaul allows for privatization

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says the new health care bill opens up Ontario’s health care system to for-profit companies. “Ontario families are worried about what Doug Ford cooked up behind closed doors,” said Horwath. “This bill opens the door to unprecedented levels of private and for-profit health care — which means precious health care dollars get siphoned away from ...

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Pink Shirt Day Statement from Andrea Horwath

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition Ontario NDP, issued the following statement on Pink Shirt Day:   “On Pink Shirt Day, we are inspired by the group of Nova Scotia students who stood up for a peer bullied for wearing pink by donning pink shirts themselves. Since then, Pink Shirt Day has served as a powerful reminder that we ...

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Horwath – Municipalities deserve more, not less, from their provincial government

NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath addressed the Ontario Good Roads Association conference today, Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, and said that New Democrats believe municipalities deserve more from the provincial government, not less.   In that address, she said she opposes both the cuts to the Ontario Municipal Partnership and the forced municipal amalgamations the Doug Ford government appears to ...

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Statement from Andrea Horwath on the passing of Paul Dewar

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition and Ontario NDP, issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Dewar, former NDP MP for Ottawa Centre: “In this difficult time, our deepest condolences go out to Paul Dewar’s wife Julia, his children Jordan and Nathaniel, and the many people who considered Paul a friend, a mentor and an inspiration. Paul ...

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Horwath outlines plan to help rural Ontario thrive

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath addressed the leaders of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Tuesday, saying that Doug Ford must stop meddling in Ontario municipalities — and promised a bill to ensure that’s the case. Horwath outlined a way forward to help grow rural and northern Ontario with policies focused on jobs for young people, better infrastructure and ...

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Andrea Horwath – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day: “On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. We honour their memories, and pledge never to forget the horrific genocide systematically carried out against them. Today, on behalf of ...

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