NDP Leader Andrea Horwath vows to reconnect with...
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Aug 12, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath vows to reconnect with lost supporters

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath took her mea culpa tour to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario‎ annual meeting Tuesday


NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she is committed to reconnecting with Ontarians after a disappointing finish in the June 12 provincial election.

“That is work as leader that I am determined to do,” she told the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario‎ annual meeting Tuesday.

The New Democrats ended the spring election as they‎ started, with just 21 seats despite hopes the party would do far better.

Horwath said it was particularly hard to lose three seats in Toronto.

“I take that very serious as leader and I will work very hard to reconnect with you and all supporters alike, especially here in Toronto,” said Horwath, who was perceived as taking her party to the right.

A Forum poll in July found that one-third of Ontarians thought she should resign.

Horwath insisted that with the Progressive Conservatives in disarray it is her party’s responsibility to hold Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government to account and promised teachers that particularly applies when it comes to education.

She said her party is “fully committed to strengthening publicly funded education in Ontario.”

Horwath said if there was a victory in the election, it was that the anti-labour Progressive Conservative party was soundly defeated “and is now sitting ‎in the repair shop.”

“It was absolutely a major victory,” she said referring to the Tories’ loss of nine seats.

“With the Tories out of commission, New Democrats will be the real official Opposition in the next month to come,” she said.

Tories are expected to hold a convention next April or May to replace former leader Tim Hudak, who resigned July 2 after being ousted by bitter MPPs.

Horwath faces a mandatory review in November and is under a lot of pressure to meet the traditional threshold of two-thirds support to avoid a challenge to her leadership.

Toronto Star

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