Horwath's Bad Week

Policy Missteps, NDP Infighting, and a last-minute candidate resignation

TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2011 /CNW/ -


Andrea Horwath enters Labour Day weekend ending a bad week marked by policy missteps, a last-minute candidate resignation, and more criticism from within the NDP: 


- Former NDP Research Director James Laxer expressed dismay with the disappointing NDP platform:
  "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)
- Dufferin-Caledon NDP candidate Joe Pereira resigned this week, leaving the NDP scrambling to find a candidate just one week before the election
- NDP staff struggled to undo Andrea Horwath's criticism of the $1100 / year Ontario Child Benefit:
  spaikin Steve Paikin (Twitter)
  @andreahorwath admits ndp voted against ont child benefit. says it wasn't comprehensive enough.
  spaikin Steve Paikin (Twitter)
  NDP clarifies: it voted against ont child benefit [because] it was part of the libs budget. in principle, ndp supports the OCB
- Toronto's The Grid called Horwath's NDP "environment-hostile" (September 2, 2011)
- The Globe & Mail labelled NDP policy "jerky populism" and "stupid"
  "The NDP has moved away from some form of social democracy toward jerky populism, vowing this or that bit of tax relief or spending, adopting the federal Conservatives' strategy....stupid policy is the NDP's promise to remove the HST from heating oil, hydro and gas...It's a far cry from the kind of redistribution of income and fundamental social change for which the NDP ought to fight."
  (Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail, September 2, 2011)
- "NDP losing its green allies" read the Toronto Star on Monday (Toronto Star, August 29, 2011)
- Jack Layton's former Chief of Staff criticized Andrea Horwath for abandoning the environment:
  "Some of your existing policy positions are not in the best interest of environmental or human health protection...This is absolutely the wrong direction."
  (Rick Smith, Environmental Defence, Toronto Star, August 29, 2011)
- Less than two weeks after promising to ban TV ads before an election, Andrea Horwath broke that pledge Thursday by releasing a TV ad before an election:
  "I'd impose a blackout on political advertising before elections...for political parties, and for interest groups." (Andrea Horwath, August 19, 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

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