Robin Sears, described as “s an NDP party strategist for 20 years,” managed to get a good commentary onto the pages of the Toronto Star. I found a couple of things interesting in Why does Andrea Horwath enrage some New Democrats so?
Ontario elites have long misread their citizens’ anger. It elected Bob Rae, Mike Harris and Rob Ford. The ineptitude of Howard Hampton, Ernie Eves and Tim Hudak gave McGuinty a pass for years. Now Hudak has learned the importance of authenticity and sounds more like a leader. Andrea Horwath is offering a powerful — yes, populist — vision tempered by reality and not fiscal fantasy.
Meanwhile, Ontario has recaptured the most shameful crown it has ever worn — we are the most dependent sub-national government in the world — on the cruel demands of global bond traders. We will soon pay them more of every tax dollar than any state or province on earth!
The last time we so completely sold our future to bond-holders it gave birth to the angriest right-wing government Ontario has ever seen. Voters are angry again. They have not yet decided whom to punish. One thing seems clear. It is not likely to be the leader whom their hated elites so enthusiastically bash.