Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns Named Acting Ontario NDP Leader – Beach Metro Community News

Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns has been named interim leader of the Ontario NDP.

The official announcement was made on the night of Tuesday, June 28.

He was elected Tuesday by the provincial council of the NDP to this position.

Tabuns, who has served as NDP MP for Toronto-Danforth since 2006, will serve as interim party leader until the Ontario NDP chooses a new leader in the future.

The provincial NDP leadership became vacant after Leader Andrea Horwath resigned on election night in Ontario on June 3.

Although the NDP once again won enough seats in the provincial election this year to form the Official Opposition in Queen’s Park, the party saw its seat count decline compared to the 2018 election. Ontario’s Steven Del Duca also resigned as party leader on election night June 3.

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party formed its second consecutive majority government in this month’s Ontario election, winning even more seats than in 2018.

In a press release, Tabuns said he was “honoured” to be chosen as the interim leader of the Ontario NDP.

“The Ontario NDP caucus is energetic and committed to holding the Ford government to account, he said.

“It’s a tough time for workers with lagging wages. For patients who wait far too long for treatment. For our parents in long-term care and children who need more help getting back on track in school. And for anyone worried about the climate crisis. We are on their side. We will fight to rebuild health care and long-term care for them. We will fight for their education. We will fight to raise wages.

In the press release, Ontario NDP President Janelle Brady said the party is in a strong position and looking to the future.

“We are a diverse, multi-generational and modern social democratic party with supporters and volunteers in every region of this province. We are financially sound and more energetic than ever,” Brady said.

“I want to thank Andrea Horwath for her leadership and for guiding our party to a stronger place than we have ever been. And I want to congratulate Peter Tabuns on his election as interim leader. The choice of a new leader and the direction of our party rests with the tens of thousands of NDP members in Ontario — and I can say with confidence that the party is in good hands.

The NDP provincial council is empowered to choose an interim leader, taking into account a recommendation from the provincial executive, the NDP press release said. The provincial executive must consult and has consulted with the NDP caucus as well as the NDP committees as part of this process.

Tabun is a seasoned politician who first represented East Toronto as a city councilor from 1990 to 1997, then as MPP for Toronto-Danforth since 2006.

From 1999 to 2004, Tabuns served as Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, where he was a leader in pushing Canada to adopt the Kyoto Protocol. Tabuns also served as special climate change adviser to federal NDP leader Jack Layton from 2004 to 2005.

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