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WATCH: Horwath puts rumours to rest

The NDP leader reveals party members encouraged her to stay on


She thought about stepping down as NDP leader.

But Andrea Horwath said after speaking with MPPs, candidates, long-time party members and activists, she decided to stick around.

There were rumours swirling that she would announce her resignation after triggering an election that led to a Liberal majority government, causing the NDP to lose the balance of power they enjoyed for two and a half years.

She says she's leaving her fate up to her party members, who will conduct a leadership review at their convention in November.

Horwath then offered her party lost the election because voters were scared of a Tory government. She points specifically to Liberal attempts to position Kathleen Wynne as the best option against the Tim Hudak's Tories.

Horwath says when door knocking residents seemed to prefer NDP ideas.

On if she regrets triggering an election, Horwath says it's always a good thing to let people exercise their democratic rights.

Horwath called the news conference to unveil her shadow cabinet.

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  1. Joe Smith posted on 06/25/2014 09:24 AM
    This ONDP member want her to go!
    1. Sonny posted on 06/25/2014 10:14 AM
      @Joe Smith She grew the party from 10 seats to 17 in 2011 to 21 with an increase in popular vote and geography.
      I always felt she should have pushed for amendments to the proposed budget and then overthrow the minority gov't as more details came out over next few months.
  2. Frankie posted on 06/25/2014 11:54 AM
    Thanks to her the Liberals have a majority. If she hadn't propped them up she could have ended the session while the Liberals were in disarray and weak. By continually supporting them she gave Wynne the time she needed to regain the party's strength.

    Too bad!
    1. tanjo posted on 06/26/2014 12:45 PM
      @Frankie Hudak would have screwed it up a year ago just like he did this time.
  3. Orange is nothing but Red with a streak of YELLOW posted on 06/25/2014 12:06 PM
    The only good thing Horwath has ever done for Ontario was to get her party sent back to third-party status with the Conservatives as the Opposition. That way, maybe we can at least have some damage control during the next four years of Liberal waste, job-killing and scandals.
    1. arthur posted on 06/25/2014 12:46 PM
      @Orange is nothing but Red with a streak of YELLOW Ontario sent a very loud and very clear message to the conservatives and the brand of conservative ideology they recently showed us.
      apparently you didn't listen or refused to listen. your issue!
    2. Orange, Red, Yellow posted on 06/25/2014 01:00 PM
      @arthur You're absolutely right. if 1 million people shoot themselves in the foot, who am I to call shooting yourself in the foot a stupid idea and the WRONG CHOICE?

      Hudak's plan may have created jobs, it may not have. The only possible outcome for Wynne's plan is that more companies leave Ontario and take their jobs with them. How is that supposed to help Ontario?
  4. JC posted on 06/25/2014 12:41 PM
    the conservatives would be wise to spend the next 4 years looking at how to rebuild a broken down decimated party with out of touch people and policies.
    double down on far right ideology and don't evolve into a serious group then remain opposition for 4 plus years and possibly 3rd party status after.
    there's no escaping the federal conservatives also.
    that group will fall hard next year also. As ONT. goes so will the country
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