It's a 'Trojan Horse' budget: Horwath

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaks during her post election reception at the Grand Olympia...

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaks during her post election reception at the Grand Olympia Hospitality and Convention Centre in Stoney Creek on June 12, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

TORONTO — A defiant Andrea Horwath says she’s staying on as leader of the NDP, despite angry calls for her to resign from activists within the party.

Horwath told reporters she’s proud of increasing popular support for the party in the last election and pointed out that 1.1 million people voted NDP.

The party picked up seats in Sudbury, Oshawa and Windsor, but lost veterans Michael Prue in Beaches-East York and Rosario Marchese in Trinity-Spadina, and newcomer Jonah Schein in Davenport.

“As we go over the next number of weeks and we see the Trojan Horse budget that the Liberals put forward, people will have an understanding just how much austerity the Liberals have in mind for this province,” Horwath told reporters before going into her first caucus meeting since the vote.

Horwath said she has no regrets about triggering the election, but she’s facing a revolt from the left wing of the party.

A group of union leaders and other activists wants her to quit.

In an e-mail, they called on the party to oust Horwath for abandoning traditional socialist issues in favour of pocketbook concerns in the party’s platform.

“We need to re-direct the party to lead the fight against capitalist austerity and for socialist solutions to the mounting problems we face,” the self-described Group of 7 said in the e-mail.


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