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Horwath returns to Whitby-Oshawa

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Provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath, left, byelection candidate Niki Lundquist, and Oshawa MPP Jennifer French took a tour of Durham College’s Centre for Food. Speaking after the tour, Horwath talked about how hard it is for youth in the region to find employment.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath is making the Whitby-Oshawa area a regular stop in her weekly plans.

The leader of the third party at Queen’s Park was back in Durham Region to take a tour of Durham College’s Centre for Food alongside Oshawa MPP Jennifer French and Niki Lundquist, the party’s candidate in the upcoming provincial byelection.

The facility, which houses several of the college’s culinary related programs, had the trio talking about how hard it is for young people in the region to find employment.

“Families in Whitby and Oshawa shouldn’t have to worry about whether young people will be able to find good, stable jobs here in Durham. But for most of 2015 Oshawa had the highest youth unemployment in Canada,” Horwath states in a news release put out after the visit. “The Centre for Food is a great example of how young people in Whitby can train for a job that will keep them here in Durham. Voting NDP in this byelection is the only way to send Kathleen Wynne a message that families want to see opportunities for young people in Whitby and Oshawa.”

Horwath will have to work hard to drum up support for Lundquist, who sits in third place with 6 per cent support in a poll released by Mainstreet Research and Postmedia the day after the election date was announced. She sits behind Progressive Conservative Lorne Coe’s 37 per cent and Liberal Elizabeth Roy’s 29 per cent. Twenty-seven per cent of those polled said they were undecided.The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 4 per cent.