TORONTO, June 19, 2014 /CNW/ - "I want to congratulate Andrea Horwath
and the NDP on the recent Ontario election. The Steelworkers stand
strong with Andrea, and I'm proud of our members who worked so hard for
NDP candidates across Ontario during the campaign," said Marty Warren,
USW District 6 Director.
"While we didn't form government this time, the NDP did well. Our party
took a third seat from anti-union Conservatives, adding to two
re-elected NDP MPPs who defeated Tories in earlier by-elections. We
also stood our ground in a tough fight against scandal-plagued
Liberals," said Warren.
The NDP has momentum in the right direction with four more seats than in
the last general election in 2011 and more women MPPs contributing to
the record-breaking 38 women elected in Ontario. Since Andrea Horwath
became NDP leader in 2009, the NDP has more than doubled its seats in
the Ontario Legislative Assembly, from 10 to 21.
"I am saddened that we have lost three strong, progressive voices from
Toronto in the recent election, and I want to thank Rosario Marchese,
Michael Prue and Jonah Schein for all their great work at Queen's Park
over the years," said Warren. "You will always have a friend in the
"Steelworkers were active campaigners for NDP candidates across Ontario,
particularly in our USW strongholds of Hamilton and Sudbury, and we
worked hard to elect as many New Democrat MPPs as we could. I want to
thank all the USW members who worked the phones, put up signs,
canvassed door-to-door and got out the vote for our partner in
politics, the NDP," said Warren.
"We welcome our three new NDP MPPs and look forward to working with you:
Joe Cimolino in Sudbury, Jennifer French in Oshawa and Lisa Gretzky in
Windsor-West," said Warren.
"As Andrea says, 'Every New Democrat MPP you send to Queen's Park will
work hard for you. They are the most progressive choice for Ontario'."
"Now that the election is over, we must continue our work holding the
Liberals to account. We will not let them off the hook for their
scandals, free-spending and over-promising," said Warren.
Four NDP candidates in the recent campaign have direct connections to
the Steelworkers: Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and
Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin are both former Steelworkers.
P.C. Choo, NDP candidate in Etobicoke-Lakeshore is a USW member of
Local 1998 at the University of Toronto. Kathy Cornish, NDP candidate
in Elgin-Middlesex-London is a former member of the USW.
"I am proud of the USW's hard work and generous contributions during
this provincial campaign. I thank all USW members who got involved for
being a part of that effort," said Warren.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792
Tony DePaulo, USW District 6, 416-243-8792, firstname.lastname@example.org