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2014-02-09 at 16:18

Getting ready

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath addresses the audience at the Lakehead Labour Centre on Sunday where Mary Kozorys was selected as the party
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath addresses the audience at the Lakehead Labour Centre on Sunday where Mary Kozorys was selected as the party's nominee in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

Andrea Horwath says if people across Ontario want a spring provincial election, she’ll do her part to make it happen.

“Our job is to get a sense from people on whether they feel the government has delivered and use that information to determine where we go,” said the leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party in Thunder Bay on Sunday.

“When it comes to whether or not there will be an election in the spring, I’m going to take my cues from the people of Ontario.”

Horwath said her party, which currently has 20 seats in Queen’s Park, is listening to people across the province to evaluate whether the minority Liberal government should be toppled during the upcoming budget season.

So far, the level of discontent seems to be growing.

“I can tell you the sense of anger and frustration is certainly higher than it was last year,” she responded when asked about potential demand for another vote.

The party is doing their part to get ready if the government falls, as Horwath was in the city for a nomination meeting where Mary Kozorys was selected to run in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding.

Kozorys, who was the riding’s nominee in the most recent provincial election where she was defeated by incumbent Liberal Bill Mauro by just less than 1,000 votes, was selected over former Schreiber mayor Madge Richardson.

As per party policy, results of the ballot were not made public.

She has used that experience as a positive and hopes it will allow her to follow in the footsteps of MP John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River), who waged multiple unsuccessful campaigns before finally getting elected.

“I haven’t stopped campaigning since 2011 and I’m hearing the same issues over and over again,” Kozorys said. “It’s Hydro costs, hospital gridlock, access to services, regional roads and building Northwestern Ontario while keeping the resources here and adding value.”

Voters in Thunder Bay have selected an NDP candidate in each of the two most recent federal elections, while remaining Liberal provincially.

Horwath said her party, which includes MPP Sarah Campbell (Kenora-Rainy River), has placed a strong focus on northern issues and they are frequently discussed at caucus sessions.

“I don’t think this is just an important city for my party, I think it’s an important city for the province of Ontario,” Horwath said.

“This community is a very important piece of the opportunities the northwest can realize and I think having a strong Thunder Bay and a Thunder Bay that is treated with respect by provincial government will only help us to open more opportunities.”

With the leader’s vocal support of the region and frequent visits, Kozorys is confident she will have an advantage on the campaign trail. 

“I know Andrea is becoming a household name here and I think it is really going to help propel us forward,” she said.

Kozorys will join current Coun. Andrew Foulds, who was selected as the party’s nominee in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding last March.

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tudor says:
rural, please tell us how you know she is doing this campaigning after hours when she shows up at various events during the work day.
john being paid by my federal dollars is doing whatever he can to get elected someone being paid by federal dollars.

as for the provincial ndp. two issues

what is there position on the gas plants. they were going to move them. exactly how are they better or worse than the liberals.

minimum wage what is their position. they have none. nothing. the party allegedly for the little guy has no position on what is the appropriate level of compensation.

they just want to tell you that the other guy is wrong
2/11/2014 9:40:13 AM
Tudor says:
Sorry this liberal is more Tory than anything. I just have a problem with the optics of the ndp when Mary writes a letter to the editor about the office of john rafferty mp. The role and resources committed by rafferty to Mary has smell written all over it. Sorry for pointing it out. At least mr Wilson stepped down. For the ndp we have Mary using fed resources. Fouls running while still on council. It all smells
2/10/2014 1:28:59 PM
Rural guy says:
Oh boy.
All those Liberal comments were lined up and ready for assault.
Ms Kozorys is a tireless campaignerAFTER HRS, not on her MP's time
Ms Kozorys would have taken the riding with a little more than 240 votes las time. 450 votes separated them in 2011
Are you Liberals a little apprehensive to move in with the negative stuff so quickly??
2/10/2014 12:16:44 PM
DougMyers says:
Sorry but I would need to see some leadership from the NDP to even consider them. Andrea is no where near the person to lead the province.
2/10/2014 11:31:33 AM
Common Reprobate says:
The only real useful party for Ontario is the PC's. The NDP is insane and the liberals have bankrupt us.
2/10/2014 9:11:38 AM
musicferret says:
Given the choice between the gas plant, e-health scammer liberals and the right wing nut-bar 'right to work' Hudakians, I would pick NDP anytime.

The lesser of three evils.
2/10/2014 1:34:28 AM
jojamielb says:
Even as a life-long NDPer, I will not vote for this candidate in the next provincial election!
In 2011, the sole time that I placed faith in her by making a monetary donation, my credit card was never billed, and who knows where that vital info was left sitting? After several post-election emails, I never did receive a response, until she started requesting donations via snail mail to recoup her election expenses.
Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me! Good luck Mary!
2/9/2014 11:52:47 PM
Eastender says:
The NDP is the only viable choice. Why would you vote in the party that gave you the power plant fiasco at a cost of 350 milion, give or take afew million, or the Ornge scandal, or all those broken promises, like no new taxes( extra ohip surtax ) how about that HST have you forgotten that already? Sure they threw us a bone here and there, but we paid for it through increased taxation. The conservatives will just bring in more Harris style cuts. The NDP might just be the right party at the right time. There is nothing wrong with spending money as long as its done judisciously, and for the right purposes, like increased beds for hospital, and nursing homes, just to mention two. This province has plenty of money for the right things, its just been wasting your taxes for the past eight years.

If you keep voting in the drunken sailor party, (The Liberals) well, this province will be even broker in four years than it already is.Then again we could always vote Slash and Burn Hudak.
2/9/2014 10:20:13 PM
old vienna says:
no arrogant prediction this time around by Kozorys. last time she won the nomination she ran her mouth saying she wouldn't have a difficult time taking the thunder bay atikokan riding. she would beat Mauro easily. I guess the cat got her tongue this time around.


2/9/2014 7:54:05 PM
CM Punk says:
I gotta agree with Sky High on this one.
The NDP is not welcomes here given their history.

Horwath will go into her second general provincial election, I think if her party does not make any ground, her leadership will be in question. Otherwise, they are going to stay in 3rd place.
Hudak? Same thing. He is to robotic in terms of personality and just like a previous comment, anything that is coming this way, as slim as it may seem or even the scraps Toronto does send us will dwindle down to nothing with the PCs in power.

2/9/2014 7:40:27 PM
tudor says:
so mary has not stopped campaigning since 2011 And there is her boss john rafferty making comments. so mary while getting paid by my tax dollars in john
s office continues to campaign. lovely. voting pc is better than this lady. dear Mary, we have one ndp rep and one former ndp rep. please tell me what good has come to Thunder Bay from these two. name me one thing that john was responsible for obtaining for thunder bay. just what we need another ndp do nothing person claiming to be for the people. bring on the election. lets see what this woman has to say because on power, andrea not only was going to move the plants, she has no plan for energy nor will she reduce power rates, the ndp talk a great game as to why everyone else is bad. they just have nothing on their own.
2/9/2014 6:10:29 PM
sky high says:
Nope, we're ok Horvath. We don't want the NDP, we don't need the NDP. This city got NOTHING when our provincial reps were NDP. Keep visiting us though and dreaming because it brings a bit of revenue into the city.
2/9/2014 5:04:26 PM
tsb says:
This city got "nothing" when our MPPs were NDP because just before the projects started, the PC government cancelled them all.
2/9/2014 6:31:32 PM
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