London is an NDP city. Here’s what its MPPs will be doing – The London Free Press

The New Democrats are Ontario’s official opposition party for the first time in 30 years and several NDP MPPs from across Southwestern Ontario are taking on a series of high-profile critic roles, the party announced Thursday.

London–Fanshawe MPP Teresa Armstrong is the deputy house leader and the critic for home care and long-term care under the new government. First elected in 2011, Armstrong was the critic for the last government’s anti-racism directorate and long-term care portfolios.

London West MPP Peggy Sattler, first elected in a 2013 by-election, is the NDP economic development critic. She was previously the education and women’s issues critic for the party when the Liberal government was in power.

Rookie London North Centre MPP Terence Kernaghan will be handle the LGBTQ issues portfolio in caucus.

All three Windsor-area MPPs have also been given critic portfolios.

Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky is now the critic for community and social services, the same role she held under the last government.

Taras Natyshak, Essex MPP since 2011, is keeping his role as his party’s international trade critic. He also helmed the digital government and community safety and correctional services critic roles under the Liberal government.

Windsor–Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield is the NDP critic for the OLG and horse racing. First elected in 2013, Hatfield previously served as the municipal affairs and housing critic.

The provincial NDP surged to official opposition status after Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives clinched a majority government in the June 7 election. The once-governing Liberals lost official party status, only earning seven seats in the entire 124-seat legislature.

The last time the NDP were the official opposition was under David Peterson’s Liberal government, elected in 1987.