NDP says it will ‘fight to keep’ government services

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Sunday that she will fight to keep government services in Mississauga and other areas of the province, saying the Conservatives have “doubled down” on their efforts to cut the government’s services.

“We are going to fight for our public services, and we will fight for every single day we are there,” Horwatha said on CBC’s Power & CTV.

“They’ve doubled down on their cuts to public services.

We have to fight and fight for the people of this city and for the taxpayers of this province.

The people of Mississauga have to be able to rely on public services to keep their families safe, and to be safe, the people are the ones who pay for those services.”

A number of Mississaugas services were also affected by the wildfires in northern B.C. in September, with the province’s Public Health Agency saying it lost over 1,500 patients.

In the wake of the wildfires, Premier David Alward said he was considering increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the NDP said that would not be enough to keep up with rising healthcare costs.

Horwath added that she would continue to fight to make sure Mississauga has the resources it needs to survive, including $7.5 million to create a $3.4 billion capital project to repair and rebuild its infrastructure.

With files from The Canadian Press