Sunday, October 02, 2011

Ontario election: NDP Horwath blows it

With polls showing a minority government possible after this Thursday's election, Hudak has started a Harper-clone drumbeat of "the socialists are coming" by talking about a vote for the Tories versus a vote for "the two of them" (being the Liberal and NDP).

And McGuinty has stepped in with a pledge not to enter into a coalition with either the Tories or NDP, but without ruling out striking an accord that allows him to govern but which is not technically a coalition.

And Horwath, who might have enough seats to crown the next government of the largest province, seems to have made a strategic blunder by setting the price for her cooperation too low:

The letter came as Horwath outlined her five-point plan as the price for her party’s support Sunday as she prepares to play kingmaker under a minority government. Her list includes lower taxes for small businesses, removal of the HST from daily hydro and home heating, elimination of waiting lists for home care, a $5,000 homeowners retrofit tax credit, freeze tuition and transit fares and a balanced budget by 2018.

When informed McGuinty wouldn’t form a coalition with her, Horwath refused to respond directly.

The glaring omission from Horwath's Price is the need for legislation to introduce proportional representation in Ontario prior to the next election.

By lacking the courage to go for a more democratic voting system, Horwath is walking away from the provincial and federal NDP policy of seeking to remedy the democractic deficit in our country through the replacement of the archaic first post the post system with a proportional representation system.

What a pity!

Her chance for greatness is passing her by.

And our chance for a truly democratic Canada is diminished by her lack of appreciation of the strength of her negotiating power.


  1. In all fairness, McGuinty did propose electoral reform in a referendum vote last provincial election, one that was soundly rejected.

  2. The one that no party leader actually fought for, no party leader actually lead the charge, that all party leaders who support it pay lip-service to it, the one that had insufficient funding?

    Oh, that one!

    Most of the referenda to date have been frauds on the voters.

    It would be nice to have a leader who actually wants to make Canada more democratic, more representative, more modern ...

  3. I'm with CC on that and how he described the referendum vote - no money to support it so most voters didn't understand it. It also took campaigners out of play, especially for the NDP so personally running a vote for voting should not happen during an election cycle.

    Unlike Layton who talked of PP during the debates and also made it as part of the NDP federal campaign, it has not had the same prominence provincially. I know it's not in the platform, although a part of party policy. I think with it taking such a "beating" during the 2007 election, it was best to leave it alone.
    And Cat for Horwath to bring in up now when not a peep was spoken during the campaign would have been "strange".

    Anyway, both the Libs and Cons have been saying the NDP is with the other, whether the Cons doing their fear factor Lib-NDP coalition booeyman, or the Libs doing the fear factor of a vote for Horwath is a vote for Hudak - lol - the same old same old fear strategies - so boring and obvious. No wonder Horwath numbers just keep cruising up!


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