Horwath defends her expenses

The Toronto Sun has its hands on receipts through a freedom of information request that show the NDP leader and staff have expensed things like coffee, bagels and 25-cent parking.

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NDP leader Andrea Horwath is defending her expenses.

In the past, she has criticized public-sector CEOs for nickel and diming the taxpayer.

The Toronto Sun, meanwhile, reports that Horwath and her assistants themselves have expensed things like coffee, bagels and 25-cent parking.

The paper has its hands on receipts that the Liberal party obtained through a freedom of information request. 

Horwath was asked about it outside Queen's Park this morning.

"I travel around this province quite a bit. I'm on the road very, very regularly," she said. "I try to keep my expenses as low as possible and before I submit them I pass them through the integrity commissioner."

Horwath announced that if elected, the NDP would start a $60-million Open Schools Fund.

She says the fund would help keep aging and under-utilized schools open for community use.

Horwath says that starting in 2016, school boards would be able to apply for money to renovate and repurpose facilities threatened with closure so that others can take advantage of the space.

She says the program would help ``protect schools that are at the heart of our communities'' and ensure communities can ``provide affordable activities in the evenings and weekends.''

As for the other provincial leaders, premier Kathleen Wynne has no campaign events scheduled today and PC leader Tim Hudak will be in Whitby and Toronto.

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  1. David posted on 05/17/2014 08:42 AM
    Horwath may waste taxpayers money on bagels and coffee, but no chance the premier would do the same. She likes to waste money on big ticket items in the millions of dollars instead!!
    1. Sonny posted on 05/17/2014 11:44 AM
      @David 25 cents for parking is a good deal where I had to pay $2 for half an hour yesterday...
  2. Brandon H posted on 05/17/2014 09:39 AM
    I can see the reasoning, but at the same time I think it would be better optics to pay for things herself. However, where are Wynne's and Hudak's detailed expenses? Yes yes I know Wynne has the billion dollar gas plant, but I would like to see how they each stack up on the "on the road and need food" expenses.
    1. David posted on 05/17/2014 09:50 AM
      @Brandon H You are kidding right? You are concerned about food expenses in comparison to billion dollar gas plants etc, etc, etc.
      I couldn't care less if Wynne has never purchased a donut in her life, we are talking a billion dollars here. She has ZERO respect for the taxpayers money.
    2. Loretta posted on 05/17/2014 10:08 AM
      @David And Hudak does? None of them have respect for taxpayers, this past year had been proof to that
    3. john posted on 05/17/2014 10:29 AM
      @Loretta and u have proof that hudak does not ?
    4. David posted on 05/17/2014 10:37 AM
      @Loretta It appears to me that Hudak wants to get control of the deficet and debt of this province. I would call that respect for taxpayers. The other two can only spend, spend, spend. For everyone that likes to criticize Hudak and his cut backs, what do Wynne and Horwath plan on doing. Are they going to cut anything or just continue down the same path and eventually be FORCED to make cut backs? Sounds like a HIDDEN AGENDA to me.
    5. Alex posted on 05/17/2014 10:24 PM
      @David Tim Hudak wants to make the rich business men richer and more powerful.
      Tim has a long term plan to sell out every working family in this province.

      It is that dirty lie he pushes called "Right to Work" which really means "No Rights at Work"

      Talk gas plants till you are blue in the face but this trumps every working families future a thousand fold more.
    6. David posted on 05/18/2014 09:39 AM
      @Alex Your right Alex. I can't believe I didn't see it the first time around. Let's all vote for the party that lies constantly and continues to rack up massive amounts of debt. Please answer this question for me. What is Wynnes long term plan for this province? You obviously don't like Hudak's. Please explain, WHAT IS HER PLAN? She is not saying, sounds like a HIDDEN AGENDA (ohhh, scaaary!!!)
      If she does win the election, she will eventually be forced to deal with the financial issues head on. What will all her defenders say when major cuts are made? Or do you fall in the group that claims that there is nothing wrong with 300, 600, 900 billion dollar debts.
  3. john posted on 05/17/2014 10:26 AM
    excuses excuses excuses whatever horbitch not failing for it . no deferant then the liberals just the color has changed form red to orange .
    1. Sonny posted on 05/17/2014 11:46 AM
      @john Hopefully we will see what the PCs spend their money on!
    2. Perplexed posted on 05/17/2014 02:11 PM
      @john Cud u pleez repeet that in englsh fer us ?
  4. Alex posted on 05/17/2014 10:29 PM
    There are no good choices in this provincial election but Tim Hudak sunk to the bottom with his earlier endorsement with business friendly and family destroying so called "Right to Work' legislation.

    This is nothing but an assault on working families to make the rich business owners wealthy and even in more power.

    The business communities unions such as the Chamber Of Commerce love to push their agenda on the province and strong arm government into supporting their business unions agenda.
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