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.