Andrea Horwath

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Opposition says government hydro rebates not enough

Following Monday’s throne speech, the provincial legislature remains divided on the Liberal’s promise to reduce electricity costs for average Ontarians.

As announced in the throne speech, Ontario’s Liberal government will provide an eight per cent rebate on hydro costs, equal to the provincial share of the 13 per cent HST. Eligible rural customers will receive a rebate of 20 per cent each month, according to the throne speech. Laurie Scott, Progressive Conservative citizenship, immigration and international trade critic, argued in question period on Thursday that the rebate will not be enough for low income Ontarians.

“In my riding (there are) thousands of people who can’t cope with the stress of making their hydro payments,” Scott said.

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NDP criticizes Ontario government hydro rebate and child care plans

The leader of the NDP believes the Liberal government plan for hydro rebates and child care falls short of Ontario families’ expectations.

In Monday’s throne speech, the Wynne government announced an eight per cent hydro rebate to Ontarians and unveiled its plan to open 100,000 new child care spaces in 2017.

Andrea Horwath, the Ontario NDP leader, questioned the seriousness of the Liberal plan.

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Ontario teachers rally against McGuinty budget plans

An elementary teacher in the Ontario system fears for the future of her career and for her students’ education. The Ontario Federation of Labour staged a protest, yesterday, at Queen’s Park. About 1,000 protesters representing about 90 different groups, participated in the rally, and marched through downtown Toronto.

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Ontario Liberals’ jobs at stake in looming budget battle

The fate of Ontario’s Liberal minority government rests in the hands of the New Democratic Party. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was quick to slam the provincial budget tabled today at Queen’s Park, saying it has very little to offer in terms of job creation and may not be worth supporting.

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Opposition make gains but Liberals hold Toronto Centre

The only thing missing from Cathy Crowe’s victory party was the victory. In Thursday’s Toronto-Centre provincial by-election Crowe, a well known street nurse and star candidate for the NDP, earned 8,685 votes (31 per cent), nearly doubling the party’s previous performance in the riding but not enough to claim the Liberal stronghold.