One of the traditions OLIP is privileged to have is meetng with each of the party leaders in Ontario. After a couple months of getting used to the legislature, we were excited to kick off this series by meeting with Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP and MPP for Hamilton Centre.
We certainly made the most of the short time we had with Ms. Horwath. Our conversation covered a range of topics, from the performance of the federal NDP in the last election to the challenges of balancing the roles of party leader and MPP. The way she speaks of Hamilton coupled with her career history in municipal politics made it clear to us how much the NDP leader is motivated by her community.
Given the higher than normal ratio of women to men in our cohort, we were especially interested to hear her perspective on women in politics. And as it turns out, even in a party that has a policy on gender equity among its candidates, Ms. Horwath admitted it is still tough to be a woman in the political sphere.
We’d like to thank Ms. Horwath for being so open and candid with us, and for taking the time out of her busy schedule (on Hamilton lobby day, no less!) to meet with us.