Ontario Liberal Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews called a Tuesday afternoon press conference to discuss what the provincial government has accomplished related to issues that matter most to women.
Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democratic Party released an election campaign ad that criticizes the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties for believing it’s “their right to govern.” The ad, called “Shoes,” shows three pairs of shoes and in the middle are orange stilettos – implying the NDP.
The Liberal Record
On Tuesday afternoon, the Liberal Party’s Health and Long-Term Care Minister, Deb Matthews, held a press conference that said this election is about substance and not style. Matthews, London North Centre Member of Provincial Parliament, elaborated on what the Dalton McGuinty government has accomplished in the last eight years.
“I want to take this opportunity to talk about what women want from the next Ontario government,” said Matthews, speaking at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Toronto. “There is a new ad from the NDP that features some cute pumps. It tells voters they don’t have a choice. In this election we do have a choice, but it’s not between stilettos and dress shoes or women versus men – this election isn’t about style, it’s about substance.”
Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, MPP Deb Matthews
Matthews noted that in the Ontario Premier’s cabinet, women are responsible for 80 percent of the budget, which has led to the creation of the Ontario Child Benefit, full-day kindergarten and an increase in breast-cancer screenings “so we can celebrate more survivors.” She added that Horwath has voted against each of these initiatives.
“These are Ontario Liberal Priorities,” added the Health Minister. “They are my priorities. They are the premier’s priorities. They are the priorities of every single one of our candidates. But they are not Andrea Horwath’s priorities.”
The Other Parties
Matthews explained that the opposition parties have plans that “would take Ontario off track at the worst time.” She listed Tim Hudak’s PC Party as having “$14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax cuts that would mean cuts to hospitals and schools.” She added that the New Democrats have $9 billion in “job-killing taxes.”
Also explaining that Horwath has not spoken about the “biggest investment and an important issue to the women,” K to 12 education.
When asked if the party feels threatened by Horwath, Matthews responded that they are pleased to be taking on the PCs and NDP in this election.
“I think people do want a choice in this election, they want a clear choice,” explained Matthews. “What I can tell you is on the issues that matter to women, the NDP is silent.”
Ontario Party Leaders’ Itineraries
Leaders of the Ontario parties will be spending Tuesday in eastern Ontario. The Ontario premier, Hudak and Horwath have already spent time in Chute-A-Blondeau for the International Plowing Match.
Horwath and McGuinty will each be in Kingston for campaign events.