The Reviews are in: The Disappointing NDP Platform will take Ontario Off Track

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - The Reviews are in:  Andrea Horwath's disappointing NDP platform will take Ontario off track:

"Rather than flocking to the NDP platform, voters will more likely be clutching their wallets and fleeing in panic."
(The Kirkland Lake Northern News Editorial, August 19, 2011)

"Horwath's policy is nothing but short-sighted pandering where logic has no place."
(The StarPhoenix Editorial, June 27, 2011)

"The [NDP] platform is silent on education"
(OttawaCitizen.com, June 25, 2011)

"We need intelligent debate...not schemes to control gas prices."
(Toronto Star Editorial, September 4, 2011)

"The NDP plan makes no mention of education or a strategy for the province's north, and barely touches on the environment."
(Canadian Press, June 26, 2011)

"Horwath has made precious few policy commitments that nod at the NDP's traditional values.  And she seems, in particular, to have all but given up on voters who place a premium on green policies."
(Adam Radwanski, Globe & Mail, July 16, 2011)

"There are some questions about a feeling on our [web]chat about whether the NDP platform has...given up some of the traditional NDP principles"
(Ledrew Live, CP24, August 16, 2011)

"the NDP is wandering from its commitment to equity, environment and positive government"
(Wayne Roberts, Former NDP activist, NOW Toronto, July 7th, 2011)

"I just read the Ontario NDP election platform. I guess the progressive bits are being released later."
(James Laxer on Twitter, York University Professor and former Research Director of the Federal NDP, September 2, 2011)

"It all adds up to a mishmash of policies that do little to inspire confidence that the party has a coherent plan other than to buy votes using public money. It makes little sense from a public policy perspective"
(The StarPhoenix, June 27, 2011)

"NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has revealed her party's platform for the Oct. 6 provincial election, and it looks like she's running on bike lanes...With health care and rising electricity rates the two top issues for voters, [bike lanes] seems like a mighty curious cause to hang her hat on."
(Windsor Star Editorial, August 16, 2011)

"The Ontario NDP platform: Politics trump good energy policy... Unfortunately, like the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, the NDP allowed politics to rule over good policy."
(Dale Marshall, Climate Change Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation, July 12, 2011)

"Prominent environmentalists are denouncing the NDP"
(Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star, August 29, 2011)

"The problem is that the [NDP] message is so close to Tim Hudak's message"
(Hugh MacKenzie, NDP Economist, Former Ontario NDP Research Director, OntarioNewswatch.com, August 17, 2011)

Ontarians know that Andrea Horwath has repeatedly chosen to play politics, and side with Tim Hudak's PCs, instead of choosing support for positive solutions and moving Ontario forward.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

For further information:

Alicia Johnston
alicia_johnston@ontarioliberal.ca
416-961-3800 ext. 328

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