NDP running fewer women than 2007
TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has failed to
meet her "personal priority" of nominating more women candidates in
this election than the previous campaign.
Horwath committed to Equal Voice to boost the number of women candidates and told the Legislature that
"getting more women nominated" was a "personal priority."
But today the NDP have 36 women nominated with only 5 ridings still
without a nominated candidate. In the 2007 election the NDP nominated
The broken pledge is the latest disappointment to Ontario women. Andrea
Horwath voted against funding full day kindergarten, against the
Ontario Child Benefit, against new child care spaces, and Horwath would
kill clean energy jobs. Instead, she chose to play politics with Tim
Hudak's PCs and oppose progress for Ontario families.
"I think when women see that Andrea Horwath chooses to side with Tim
Hudak's PCs over progress like full day kindergarten, they don't want
to be part of that," said Laurel Broten, MPP (Etobicoke-Lakeshore).
"Women across Ontario are seeing that Andrea Horwath will break faith
with them on child care, on jobs and on schools," Broten said.
"I'm proud to be part of the record 42 women Liberal candidates this
election," concluded Broten. "Only Ontario Liberals have the plan and
team to keep Ontario moving forward."
Horwath committed to Equal Voice in February that the NDP would run more
"Equal Voice is pleased to announce that all three elected provincial
parties at Queen's Park have signed on to the second Ontario
Challenge. As part of the challenge, parties pledged yesterday at
Queen's Park to run more female candidates in this year's Ontario
election than they did in the 2007 provincial election."
(Equal Voice Press Release, February 24, 2011)
Horwath also touted the "personal priority" in the legislature:
"It's a personal priority of mine to ensure that Ontario New Democrats
are part of that change. That will mean getting more women nominated,
which we're in the process of doing right now."
(Andrea Horwath, Hansard, February 23, 2011)
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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