With the 2011 Ontario provincial election mere weeks away, all the major parties are honing their focus on the most competitive ridings in the province. While some of these battleground ridings are attracting attention from politicians and commentators alike, the following ridings are somehow slipping under radar, despite their potential Election Day interest.
This is crunch time for the NDP. Here is the question a lot of progressive people like me are asking: Is Andrea Horwath just another wind-up politician or is she an actual leader?
Because the same-old, same-old populist posturing that's going on right now makes it look like she thinks it's all business as usual, which it is not.
We all do understand that she and the party are in a quandary. But this budget is unfolding in a dangerous context that forces us to expand the frame of this conversation and get real.
The fate of Ontario's minority Liberal government is in the hands of NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who has said she is taking the next few days to hear from the public about whether or not her party should vote for the Liberals' budget. The Conservative Party led by Tim Hudak will vote against the budget. If the budget is defeated that would mean an election will be called.