Premier Doug Ford Won’t get a “free pass” from Ontario NDPAccording to the newly appointed interim leader for the party, who said the cuts and privatization would serve as major flashpoints in the provincial legislature.
Peter Tabunswho has represented the Toronto-Danforth ride since 2006, was approved as interim leader by the NDP Provincial Council on Tuesday, officially abolished. Andrea HorvathTerm of 12 years as the leader of the
Tabuns said his primary focus as leader of the interim official opposition would be to “go on” a range of issues, including the planned creation of a government in the question period. Highway 413, long term careAny attempt to introduce budgetary cuts and privatization in the education or health care sectors.
“Our caucus is active again and we are committed to taking on the Ford government,” Tabuns said during his initial news conference as leader at Queens Park.
“There will be no free passes for Ford Gov.
While Tabuns would be tasked with leading the NDP’s 31-member caucus in the Ontario legislature, his secondary objective would be to keep the party afloat until a new leader could be elected.
Although the details of the race to replace Horvath have not been officially approved by the party, a draft copy of the proposed campaign rules was leaked on social media by members of the NDP party upset with the approval process.
The draft copy, which will still be subject to debate and changes, gives a $50,000 non-refundable buy-in fee for candidates seeking to enter the leadership race.
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NDP strategist Kim Wright, who has run in previous party leadership races, said the party does not need to drag the process and could hold elections in the coming fall or early 2023.
“As the only official party in the house, getting ready to show that we are a government waiting, putting its stamp on what it looks like, is recruiting candidates – some runway for the new leader to do. Will need that,” Wright said.
However, Tabuns warned caucus members that they may have to sit on the NDP back bench if they choose to enter the race for leadership.
“I’m looking at past practice federally and provincially,” Tabuns said. “Usually if you’re a candidate you don’t even have a critic portfolio.”
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