Author Archives: Ontario NDP

NDP calls Ford’s health care cuts dangerous amid rash of ER closures

The Official Opposition NDP says it is unbelievably callous and dangerous for the Doug Ford Conservatives to have shortchanged health care by $1.8 billion as the province grapples with a rash of ER closures amid an ongoing staffing crisis. In a report released today, the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario revealed that the Ford government withheld $1.8 billion earmarked for ...

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Ford must help families as food bank use skyrockets: NDP’s Pasma

NDP Poverty and Homelessness Reduction critic Chandra Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) says skyrocketing food bank use underscores the need for government action to address poverty and the affordability crisis in Ontario. “Ontarians are finding it harder and harder to put food on the table for their families. Each month, thousands of people are turning to food banks for the first time ...

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NDP calls for more federal health funding and more provincial health spending

As the Council of the Federation meets, Interim NDP Leader Peter Tabuns says Doug Ford must not only fight for increased federal health transfers — but also commit to spending more in health care, immediately: “Our hospitals are in crisis. We don’t have enough staff to keep all ERs open around the clock. Patients are waiting in pain for far ...

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Ontario NDP calls on Ford to address health care crisis by prioritizing hiring

Interim Ontario NDP Leader Peter Tabuns is calling on Doug Ford to prioritize health care hiring as reports emerge of hospitals forced to temporarily close emergency departments and urgent care centres, and cut hours to cope with nurse and doctor shortages. According to a Canadian Press report, temporary closures have happened at an emergency department in Clinton and an emergency ...

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Ontario NDP elects Peter Tabuns to be interim leader

NDP MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth) has been elected by the NDP’s provincial council to be the party’s interim leader. “The NDP is honoured that the people of Ontario have asked us, once again, to form the Official Opposition, and I’m humbled to have an opportunity to lead the party for a time,” said Tabuns. “The Ontario NDP Caucus is energized ...

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Angus challenges Liberal government over rising gas prices

NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) called out the Liberal government in Question Period over their lack of action on dealing with record high gas prices. Prices have reached such a level that, in order to get to and from work, working-class families have been forced to make tough choices about their food budget and shelter costs. The record ...

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Horwath launches platform for Northern Ontario

Andrea Horwath and the NDP are releasing a Northern platform — a plan to make life easier, healthier and more affordable for Northerners. “I want people to get the health care they need without long waits or long drives. And folks need lower costs and more good-paying jobs, so the next generation can stay and raise their own family in ...

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NDP proposes immediate price rebates for Northerners

The NDP is proposing an immediate $200 rebate to offset skyrocketing gas prices and the rising cost of living for northern households. Northern NDP MPPs and candidates say the rebate will help northern families after Doug Ford failed to keep his election promises to lower hydro and gas prices, and he refused to support a long-standing NDP plan to stop ...

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Canadians across the country need affordable Internet services

NDP Critic for Innovation, Science and Industry, Brian Masse, issued the following statement: “The pandemic has shown how much people depend on Internet and cellphone services to stay connected, work, study and receive services. The reality is that Canadians are tired and frustrated of paying high fees for Internet services that make big, rich telecommunications companies even richer. They feel ...

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Le prix de l’essence explose pour les gens alors que les grandes pétrolières font des profits énormes

Le porte-parole du NPD en matière de Finances, Daniel Blaikie, et le porte-parole du NPD en matière d’Innovation, de Science et d’Industrie, Brian Masse, ont parlé aux médias de l’augmentation du prix de l’essence et des conséquences pour les familles canadiennes. Les néo-démocrates réclament une taxe sur les profits excessifs des compagnies pétrolières qui réalisent des milliards de dollars de ...

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Limiting colonoscopies puts Ontarians at risk

The Ford government’s decision to drastically limit colonoscopies for the early detection of colorectal cancer is putting the lives of Ontarians at risk, said NDP MPP Gilles Bisson (Timmins) during question period on Thursday. “Early detection of colon cancer saves lives,” said Bisson. “By interfering with the work of physicians and specialists, and not allowing enough regular colonoscopies, this government ...

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MPP West calls for action on gas gouging in Sudbury

NDP MPP Jamie West (Sudbury) called on Doug Ford to take immediate action to address gas gouging in Sudbury and throughout Northern Ontario during question period Monday. “Northerners are coping with one of the highest cost of living in the province. We are seeing higher costs for food, rent, hydro and more. Now, on top of that, people in Sudbury ...

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