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Andrea Horwath's decision to reject Wynne's budget, and her current ONDP campaign, have been massively attacked by media commentators and vocal critics on the left.
What they fail to note are the imperatives that likely shaped Horwath's choices, including the enormous impact that advocacy for 'strategic voting' by left organizations has had among NDP activists and decision-makers.
For obvious reasons, many on the left of the NDP loath 'strategic voting' and denounce it. But its promotion by prominent progressives not only demoralized many New Democrats, this also has had two unintended consequences.