Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Road Trip

Stratford - January 11

My first road trip of the New Year – happy New Year everybody! There was a great turn out at the Perth-Middlesex NDP AGM. Congratulations to all the new executive members and delegates to convention. Thank you Kathy Vassilakos for the invite and thank you to the members for their wonderful potluck dinner – the offerings were delicious. What a great way to start the New Year!

Oshawa - January 13

I enjoyed mixing and mingling with delegates and party members at the Durham Labour Council Membership Meeting prior to my speech. The challenges facing working people are significant but solidarity between workers and New Democrats will get us through these difficult times. Thank you to all the members for coming out on that particularly cold night.

Windsor - January 18

The Windsor West AGM was a study in NDP activism because the riding association worked very hard passing resolutions, selecting delegates and listening to two leadership candidates including myself. After the meeting, an activist from the riding hosted a meet and greet with local Windsor NDPers at the very chic restaurant – the Gourmet Emporium. Thank you to Wayne Harris for organizing this and for letting us rest our heads at his fabulous house.

January 19

I had the honor of being invited to attend a round table discussion on children’s services hosted by Community Living Windsor. Tragically it is the same story told by thousands of parents throughout the province. The McGuinty Government has consistently failed families with special needs children and I fear that this crisis is only going to worsen. Thank you to the courageous individuals who shared their heart wrenching stories of love and pain. Your dedication and commitment to your children is truly inspiring. I will bring your voices and stories Queen’s Park.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


We have started 2009 and my best wishes go out to everyone for a healthy and safe new year.

We started the new year knowing that we are facing enormous challenges. And if 2008 taught us anything at all, it is that the old system, the old way of doing things, the old boys club just doesn't work. The financial meltdown coupled with an ongoing economic crisis could not have made that more clear.

The market place dominated by the big banks threw up the white flag.

We cannot afford to wait for the market with its private circles far removed from us to make decisions that affect our jobs, our homes, our food, the basic essentials we depend on.

2009 is the year of a new kind of politics in Ontario. It is up to each and everyone of us to work together to make change work for us.

It's time to believe not only that New Democrats can lead change, but that we are the only ones who can and will do it.

Ontario needs a change that comes from people in our neighbourhoods, towns, and counties. From teachers and students in schools, to cashiers in the local supermarket, to nurses and childcare workers. We cannot turn things around in Ontario without your active, dedicated and constant participation.

A revitalized Ontario New Democratic Party can and will move Ontario along the path of a new system of cooperation that puts Ontarians first.

To get there we need you. We need organizers on the ground in ridings we can win in Ontario. We can win Ontario but we need to start working today, not just during the election month.

And we work to win because Ontario's families need us to win. We are called to make into a reality the solutions we propose today. Our commitment is to resolve everyday problems with new solutions.

The Ontario NDP I envision has solutions. But those solutions come from you.

Join us.

Andrea Horwath