HORWATH BLAMES FEAR FOR LIBERAL MAJORITY

Jun 25, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The leader of Ontario’s NDP says she is staying on.

Andrea Horwath held her first major news conference since the June 12th election this past hour. She said she has spoken to a number of people around the province since the election, and they have encouraged her to stay on.

Horwath was grilled by reporters about her performance in the campaign that saw her maintain the same number of seats, but lose some veteran MPPs and the balance of power.

Horwath blamed fear of Tim Hudak’s policies for the fact her party didn’t make gains in the last election. Many NDP supporters worried about the PC leader’s plans to cut public sector jobs and spending are thought to have flocked to the Liberals, giving them a majority.

Horwath acknowledges she will face a standard leadership review at the NDP convention in November. She is also expected to face some discontent at the party’s first post-election caucus meeting today.

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