Author Archives: Andrea Horwath

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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Statement from Andrea Horwath on acting OPP Commissioner Brad Blair’s legal challenge

Acting Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Brad Blair is seeking a legal decision stating that investigating potential political interference in the hiring of the OPP Commissioner is within the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ombudsman. Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in support:   “I want to thank Commissioner Blair for his integrity, and for his ongoing commitment to ...

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Andra Horwath on GM’s Oshawa Operation Closure

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement Monday:   “Thousands of workers and their families have been devastated by the news that GM is leaving Oshawa, and my heart is with them on this difficult day. But I believe the Province of Ontario can, and must, do much more than extend sympathy. The province needs to fight like ...

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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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