Andrea Horwath: “We’re not interested in a coalition government”

by: Obert Madondo  | Jan 17, 2013

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week, someone suggested that, if chosen to succeed Dalton McGuinty as Ontario premier next weekend, Liberal leadership front-runner Kathleen Wynne would invite the Ontario New Democrats to form a coalition government. NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, has dismissed the idea.

In a letter recently mailed to supporters, she said the coalition government talk is “a distraction from the issues.”

“With so many Ontario families struggling in tough economic times, we’re not interested in playing political games for personal gain,” she said. “We’re not interested in a coalition government.”

Here’s Horwath’s full response:

Friends,

New Democrats are focused on doing what we said we’d do – getting results for people. With so many Ontario families struggling in tough economic times, we’re not interested in playing political games for personal gain. Our job is to put people first.  During last year’s budget negotiations we asked Ontarians for input. The response was overwhelming. With those ideas we succeeded in lifting some of the burden from everyday people.

Let me be clear: we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work but this talk about “coalition government” is a distraction from the issues that matter to people. We’re not interested in a coalition government. My priority isn’t a Cabinet position. It’s winning real positive change in Ontario.

Minority government isn’t easy, but New Democrats have demonstrated that by taking a reasonable and constructive approach, we can get real results. Our province is facing serious economic challenges. We offered productive solutions for kick-starting our economy and pushed for government accountability amid spending scandals at ORNGE and through the relocation of the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants. We strongly opposed the government’s self-interested decision to shut down the Legislature. While Ontario Liberals squabble over who will lead their party, and while the Conservatives jockey for power, it’s up to New Democrats to look out for the interests of everyday Ontarians.

Sincerely,

Andrea Horwath,
Leader, Ontario’s New Democrats

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow me on Twitter: @Obiemad

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