Ontario New Democrats had their best electoral showing in two decades in yesterday’s provincial election, ensuring a strong voice for workers at Queen’s Park. Paul Moist, national president of CUPE – Canada’s largest union, offered his congratulations to Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and the other 16 New Democrat MPP’s elected last night.
“Andrea and her team should be very proud. They ran an excellent campaign that resonated with many people looking to build a better Ontario,” said Moist. “Our NDP MPP’s are now in a very good position to pressure the minority Liberal government to address the interests of Ontario workers.”
Moist is thanking CUPE members and staff for their support for the Ontario New Democrats during the campaign, and congratulated those who ran as NDP candidates. They include: Henri Giroux (Nipissing - CUPE 146 and NEB member), Gerti Dervishi (Eglinton-Lawrence - CUPE 3904), David Hynes (St. Paul’s - CUPE 3903), Ric Dagenais (Nepean-Carleton - CUPE staff), and Don Abel (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes - former member CUPE 855).
“I’ve very proud of the role CUPE played in this important election, and it’s important we keep supporting Andrea and her NDP caucus,” says Moist. “Working together, CUPE and the Ontario New Democrats can make sure issues important to workers - like health care, job creation, protecting public services, strengthening public pensions – are not ignored by the Liberal minority.”