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Horwath, first major party leader to cross southwestern Ontario

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New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath takes a campaign tour of southwestern Ontario, where in the last election the party had its best showing since 1990.

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Horwath stopped by a farm in the Thamesford area of ​​east London on Wednesday afternoon, the first Big Three party leader to campaign in the South West since dropping the election writ last week .

On Thursday, Horwath will mark International Nurses Day at the West Elgin Community Health Center in West Lorne, a community in the progressive-conservative urban-rural stronghold of Elgin-Middlesex-London.

The NDP leader is expected to travel further into the region to close out the week, with campaign stops in the Windsor and Chatham-Kent area on Thursday and Friday.

the Arts The family farm, a 260-head dairy operation near Thamesford, was the final stop on Horwath’s itinerary on Wednesday.

She was joined by NDP candidate Lindsay Wilson at the whistle in Oxford, a predominantly rural riding not won by New Democrats since Bob Rae’s majority sweep in 1990.

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The constituency has been held by Progressive Conservative Ernie Hardeman since the 1995 election.

Horwath said the NDP wants to be a government that listens and acts on the concerns of farmers on the ground.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath waves to supporters during a campaign stop in Sudbury on Monday, May 9, 2022. (John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network)

“Rural Ontario is critical to our province as a whole. So, for me, it’s about making sure that the people who keep those communities running, who run those farms, who make sure that Ontario continues to produce the food . . . that we need, that we use and that contribute so significantly to our economy are recognized,” said Horwath.

“That’s why I’m here. You can have a prime minister who works for you and takes the time to understand and listen to your expertise in the agriculture industry.

In a Wednesday morning election announcement in Brampton, Horwath promised the NDP would cut auto insurance rates by 40% and introduce sweeping reforms to Ontario’s auto insurance industry.

The NDP leader also made a midday campaign stop at Waterdown, just north of Hamilton, a traditional NDP provincial stronghold.

The NDP is seeking to retain its three seats in London, including London North Centre, a traditional Liberal stronghold snatched up by the NDP in an open race in 2018.

The party finished second in the seven remaining London-area constituencies in the last provincial election – its best showing in the region since 1990 – as support for the Liberals plummeted across the province.

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