Mayoral question keeps coming up for Horwath

There is one question that Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has been asked a lot recently — will she run for the mayor of Hamilton?

Horwath has no plan to step down as party leader before Hamilton's municipal election, party official says

When asked if she will be running for Hamilton mayor, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath's answer is "never say never." (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

There is one question that Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has been asked a lot recently — will she run for the mayor of Hamilton?

“At this point, I'm committed to the work I'm doing,” Horwath told reporters after Thursday's throne speech. “But one of the things I learned early on is you never say never.

“At this point in time though, I'm certainly committed to the work that I've offered the people of Ontario to do and that is the job they gave me in the last election.”

When asked whether she will resign as the leader of the New Democratic Party, she said the issue will be brought up at an automatic leadership review in November.

“The members of our party will be debating and discussing that issue, as well as many many others.”

A party official clarified with CBC Hamilton on Sunday that Horwath has no plan to step down as party leader before Hamilton's municipal election. 

"She is focused on the job in front of her, leading Ontario's New Democratics," the official said. 

Horwath, a Hamilton Centre MPP, is a former Hamilton city councillor for Ward 2. She was born and raised in Hamilton and graduated from McMaster University.

Thursday's throne speech opened the new legislative session, following an election that saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals returning to power with a majority rule after winning 58 seats.

The NDP's share of the popular vote increased slightly, but the party — which currently holds 21 seats — failed to gain any new seats.

Meanwhile in Hamilton, nine people have signed up for the mayoral race so far, including former mayor Fred Eisenberger, as well as current city councillors Brian McHattie and Brian Clark.

The next municipal election takes place on Monday, Oct. 27.

With files from The Canadian Press

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