ONTARIO BUDGET HORWATH

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It's Not Just About Being a "Pitbull With Lipstick"

Over the last three years as leader of the Ontario NDP, I've learned that being a woman in politics carries all the challenges of leadership and then some. I've learned not to dwell on double standards even when I'm asked about my outfits or my hair. It means walking a fine line, and speaking out even when some would prefer I stay in my place.

Why I Didn't Weigh In on the Budget

On April 23, Ontarians were handed a patch-work budget deal between the Liberals and NDP, which actually increases government spending in the face of a looming $30 billion deficit. This is called "digging a deeper hole." I wasn't about to contribute another shovel.