Horwath Fails to Meet "Personal Priority" of More Women Candidates

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 42 women.

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."

BACKGROUND:

Horwath committed to Equal Voice in February that the NDP would run more women candidates:

"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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Ontario Liberal Media Office 416-961-3800 x 328

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