NDP's Horwath "calls for change" - and is heard loud and clear

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The winner of CP24's online poll ("Horwath: 42%, McGuinty: 34%, Hudak: 25%," tweeted CP24), Andrea Horwath's star is on the rise - and the press have taken note.

At tonight's Ontario Leaders' Debate, Horwath "surprised many" (Leslie Roberts, Global TV) with an "assertive" (Adam Radwanski, Globe and Mail) and "surefooted performance" (Robert Benzie, Toronto Star) - "rais[ing] the bar on the debate." (Ann Douglas, Toronto Star)

The audience simply got a chance to discover what was already clear to the people Horwath has met on main streets across Ontario.

  • Andrea Horwath is scoring big on the sincerity front. I like her style.
    Ann Douglas, Toronto Star
  • Hudak [is] coming across as slick and processed right now by comparison [to Horwath].
    Kady O'Malley, CBC
  • Why didn't Dalton respond to Catherine, the person who asked the question, when Andrea... remembered her name?
    Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun

While Hudak and McGuinty keep bickering about how to keep the burden off those at the top, Horwath spoke up for Ontarians:

  • "Don't give blank cheques to companies," says Andrea Horwath, distancing herself from both opponents.
    Karen Howlett, Globe and Mail
  • Horwath speaking about changing priorities...not add extra profits in system (like ceo salaries)
    Katie Franzios, Newstalk 1010
  • It's *the* way Horwath differentiates from her opponents bc she'd raise [corporate taxes]
    Genevieve Tomney, CBC

By the end of the debate, voters were presented with a clear choice in this election - a choice for real respect, real strength, real change.

  • Horwath is placing herself as "above the fray"...but she's waded in herself in this debate with some real jabs
    Genevieve Tomney, CBC
  • Horwath getting message out while the two others argue.
    Leslie Roberts, Global Television
  • There it is - Horwath opens arms, gestures to the other two and says "both of these gentleman" and calls for change.
    Paul Bliss, CTV

SOURCE New Democratic Party of Ontario

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Media contact: Mike Smith, Ontario's New Democrats, 416-591-5455 x2275

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