Horwath re-elected in Hamilton Centre (audio)

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath says her party’s third place result won’t dampen its resolve to fight for working people.

Horwath told supporters in Hamilton that New Democrats will hold the governing Liberals accountable and fight to protect social programs and jobs.

She says New Democrat members of the legislature will “work day in and day out” to hold the government’s feet to the fire.

The NDP is headed for roughly the same number of seats it held before the election was called.

But Horwath has gone from holding the balance of power in a minority legislature to being a third party with the Liberals holding a majority.

Horwath triggered the snap election when she refused to support the Liberal government’s budget at the beginning of May.

But she was criticized by some union leaders and some of her own party supporters who were unhappy with what they felt was a bid by Horwath to take the party to the right.

Horwath didn’t hint about her own political future in her brief speech to supporters.

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