QUEEN’S PARK — Queen’s Park is going back into session, and Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she’ll use it to fight for everyday people to become the focus of post-pandemic rebuilding.
“People can’t wait for an election — we need to use this session to get solutions in place now. The price of homes and cost of living is ludicrous. Our health care, education, home care and long-term care systems have been brought to their knees by cuts before, and even during, the pandemic. Workers’ wages have been held back, and our environment has been under attack,” said Horwath.
“As we start recovering and rebuilding, everyday people need someone in their corner more than ever before. This recovery needs to have real people at the heart — not Doug Ford’s buddies.”
Horwath said her party will use the session to fight for paid sick days, higher wages for working people and a plan to hire tens of thousands teachers, education workers, nurses and health care workers. They’ll table legislation Horwath and the NDP wrote in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims to tackle dangerous Islamophobia and other forms of racism in Ontario. And they’ll fight for financial supports for local businesses to get back on track.
“We will recover by investing in health care and our kids, not cutting deeper. By helping workers get ahead, not the rich and powerful. And by championing local business, not big box stores.”