Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 07, 2011 03:35 ET

NDP Interception Thwarts Tory Hat-Trick: OFL Reaction to Ontario Election Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - The Ontario Federation of Labour congratulated the Ontario NDP for making important electoral gains and welcomed a new minority government in which the NDP would hold the balance of power.

"Tonight's election results are very exciting. Hudak thought he could bank on the Liberals fumbling the ball so the Conservatives could score an easy touch-down, but he never anticipated an NDP interception," said OFL President Sid Ryan from the Hamilton victory party of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. "Frustrated voters chose not to simply shuffle their support from Liberal to Conservative. Instead, enough of them decided to place their trust in Andrea Horwath and, as a result, the NDP have been given a mandate to hold the government accountable."

Months before the election, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford boasted that 'Ford Nation' would sweep future elections and Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on Conservative activists to perform a 'hat trick' by electing a Hudak government in Ontario. However, rather giving the Conservatives another sweep, Ontario voters chose not to give a majority to any party promoting corporate tax cuts ahead of the interests of regular working people.

"It was really amazing to watch the Progressive Conservative momentum collapse under Hudak's leadership. Voters picked up on the fact that when Hudak talked about change, he meant to take Ontario backwards – be it to the public service cuts of the 90s or to prison chain gangs from the 20s. Hudak ran a vicious and small-minded campaign that sought to drive a wedge between voters with thinly veiled xenophobia and homophobia. It blew up in his face," said Ryan. "The NDP's vision of hope and optimism won out over negative campaigning and the politics of division."

"In promising to 'put people first' by addressing pocketbook concerns, job creation and a more liveable province, the NDP showed a refreshing combination of brains and heart. Workers are really looking forward to seeing this vision become influential over the new minority government," said Ryan.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. OFL President Sid Ryan is the voice of Ontario's labour movement.

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    Sid Ryan
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