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M. Spector M. Spector's picture

The cowards in the Legislature abstained on the budget vote, in a calculated move designed to ensure that it passed. No doubt they will try to use their "abstention" to absolve themselves of responsibility, but it won't wash. 

When it came to the rights of public sector workers to bargain collectively, the NDP abstained.

When it came to privatizing Ontario Northland Railway, the NDP abstained.

When it came to taking $220 million from the education budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting funds for long-term care facilities, the NDP abstained.

When it came to making workers pay more for their pension plans, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting funds for culture, the NDP abstained.

When it came to freezing welfare rates, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting the Aboriginal Affairs budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting the Environment Ministry budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to continuing the absurdly low corporate income tax rate, the health care premiums, and the 8% provincial sales tax, the NDP abstained.

When it came to expanding PPP's and privatized delivery of government services, the NDP abstained.

When it came to  leaving Ontario as the only province without an active home energy retrofit incentive program, the NDP abstained.

When it came to closing schools while maintaining a costly and redundant separate school system, the NDP abstained.

When it came to keeping university operating funds increases below the rate of inflation, the NDP abstained.

 

Lord Palmerston

I remember when babblers mocked Dion, Ignatieff and the "cowards" in the Liberal Party for refusing to pull the plug on the Harper govt...

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I'm surprised Andrea folded after getting so little in return for NDP support. What a wimp.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Fidel wrote:

Bay Street wanted Ontarians to spend another $100 million on games of chance for the sake of winning a phony majority for four years.

Wrong. Bay Street supports the Liberal austerity program. They wanted the NDP to support it, and the NDP happily obliged.

No more phony majority for Ontario. Now we have a genuine Liberal-NDP majority government.

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Fidel wrote:

For anyone wondering what the results would have been, lo' and behold the ghost of an Ontario election seven months ago. Record low voter turnout 42.9%

Well I guess 57.1% of the voters decided there wasn't much to vote for.   And looking at this budget, I guess they were right.

Fidel

Bay Street wanted Ontarians to spend another $100 million on games of chance for the sake of winning a phony majority for four years.

And the NDP wouldn't let them. The NDP wouldn't spin our WorstPastthePost wheel of fortune rigged in Bay Street's favour.

Too bad so sad! 

For anyone wondering what the results would have been, lo' and behold the ghost of an Ontario election seven months ago. Record low voter turnout 49.2%

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

You don't think Andrea could have held out for more, Fidel? Doesn't sound like confidence in her negotiating abilities.

Fidel

Sorry that should have been 49.2%. 

radiorahim wrote:
Well I guess 57.1% of the voters decided there wasn't much to vote for. And looking at this budget, I guess they were right.

Not everyone does the choosing in Ontario. We would still have been gambling on the same fickle 22-25 percent or so of the electorate doing the choosing, and those voters are not all that fond of the NDP.

Personally I think it would have been irresponsible of the NDP to gamble away a Hudaks in official opposition hand dealt just seven months ago for Hudak neoliberals steering the ship sooner than later. The poor and unemployed can't afford to have another bunch of Harrisite radicals lowering austerity on them. 

The poor and unemployed may be counting on the NDP to represent them in Toronto, but they should also be able to rely on the NDP to know when to hold the cards they have in hand. It's not much of a hand, we know, but it's still better than a Hudak Royal Flush in this game of bullshit poker FPTP style.

Remember Kimberly Rogers, Lewis Wheelan and other victims of neoliberal ideology in late 1990s Ontario.

Fidel

I think there will be more opportunities for negotiations next budget. Andrea is in the game. We all have a hand in the game now whereas we wouldn't with Hudak in firm control for another four years. There would be no negotiations in that scenario. It would be Hudak's and Bay Street's way or the highway like it or lump it. And there would be more lumps than not.

madmax

Lord Palmerston wrote:

I remember when babblers mocked Dion, Ignatieff and the "cowards" in the Liberal Party for refusing to pull the plug on the Harper govt...

What was the Liberals Consecutive Record of Voting with the Harper Conservatives?
I believe it was in the hundreds...

I can't remember one thing the Liberals negotiated/demanded with the Harper Conservatives &
Ignatieff put the Conservatives on "Probation"

Right now its Hudak bearing the brunt of the jokes...
Right now its Hudak who dropped the ball and has NOTHING to show for it. Nothing in the budget and no election to boot.

Fidel

And let's not forget the Chretien Liberals with their phoniest of majorities in the 1990s. Their first colonial administrative task in 1994 was to sign Mulroney's expanded NAFTA deal with corporate America "as is". No party has topped that monumental betrayal of Canadians since.

Life, the unive...

Methinks very few of you have ever been in any kind of negotiation.  You can never get everything you want.  I've been on the union team in a number of negotiating rounds, you have to give to get.  Living in this fantasy world that you just scream loud enough and suddenly the whole world revolves around your wants is only in movies.  I have mixed feelings about this deal, but in the end I think the ONDP got about as much as could reasonably be expected, and probably more than that, in what is really the first half of the first period of the game.

janfromthebruce

ha ha ha - well the provincial orange team did support Andrea with a solidarity of vote - well non-vote & all absteined. Now I never would advocate for that because I so did not approve of the fed libs when they kept the HarperCons alive by abstening all the time but let's see how this unfolds. They now get to "debate" this budget, so one could say that it's not over until it's over.

mark_alfred

Wow, can't believe how bitter many of you are.  Horwath saved childcare spaces and got the Liberals to shelve their plan to freeze social assistance rates.  And she got them to introduce a new surtax, and built public support for this.  Clearly it's still a Liberal budget, and clearly does not come close to being an NDP budget.  But, she did successfully exert influence as the opposition to make some changes to it.  I think it was a job well done.

NDPP

M. Spector wrote:

The cowards in the Legislature abstained on the budget vote, in a calculated move designed to ensure that it passed. No doubt they will try to use their "abstention" to absolve themselves of responsibility, but it won't wash. 

When it came to the rights of public sector workers to bargain collectively, the NDP abstained.

When it came to privatizing Ontario Northland Railway, the NDP abstained.

When it came to taking $220 million from the education budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting funds for long-term care facilities, the NDP abstained.

When it came to making workers pay more for their pension plans, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting funds for culture, the NDP abstained.

When it came to freezing welfare rates, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting the Aboriginal Affairs budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting the Environment Ministry budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to continuing the absurdly low corporate income tax rate, the health care premiums, and the 8% provincial sales tax, the NDP abstained.

When it came to expanding PPP's and privatized delivery of government services, the NDP abstained.

When it came to  leaving Ontario as the only province without an active home energy retrofit incentive program, the NDP abstained.

When it came to closing schools while maintaining a costly and redundant separate school system, the NDP abstained.

When it came to keeping university operating funds increases below the rate of inflation, the NDP abstained.

 

NDPP

abstain; To hold oneself back from something regarded as improper or unhealthy

 

Freedom 55

mark_alfred wrote:

Wow, can't believe how bitter many of you are.

 

Because austerity is a bitter pill to swallow. Even more so when its forced on you by supposed allies.

Fidel

janfromthebruce wrote:
... so did not approve of the fed libs when they kept the HarperCons alive by abstening all the time ...

They propped-up the Harpers so many times I lost count at 50. I think the Libs set some kind of world record for being a mirror image of the party they were hired to oppose.

Libs 'n Tories bff.

Fidel

Apparently they didn't get enough of Harris and Flaherty - they want to gamble against another four years of that lucid dream for the poor and unemployed in Puerto Ontario. Big time gamblers. Hey, it's not their welfare benefits or ODSP on the line. Let's kiss the dice and throw them away on some ridiculous game of chance, they demand. I'm glad Andrea's playing this hand and not some other people.

Freedom 55

Fidel wrote:

t's not their welfare benefits or ODSP on the line.

 

Um, actually it is. 

 

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I'm glad Andrea's playing this hand and not some other people.

 

[url=http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/10/andrea-horwath-ontario-bu... imagines what it would be like playing poker against the NDP leader: “I’m all in. Unless you are also all in, in which case I am out.”[/url]

Fidel

Ah! But you've not described all of the risk shouldered by the poor in Ontario with your snap election for short-term political gain, which is unlikely to go to the NDP given the election results of just 7 months ago.

Perhaps one of the big time gamblers here will explain to unemployed workers, those on ODSP and tens of thousands on welfare rolls what the very neoliberal Changebook is all about if not a social and economic dead end for Puerto Ontariario. 

NDPP

Ontario Liberal Budget Passes Crucial Vote, Avoiding Another Election

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/liberal-government-budget-expect...

"By working with the NDP we have made a strong budget even stronger." Dalton McGuinty

OFL Says Majority of Ontarians Support Calling an Election

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/03/20120331-...

"If an election were called tomorrow, the party with the most to gain is Andrea Horwath and the NDP,"

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Fidel wrote:

They propped-up the Harpers so many times I lost count at 50. I think the Libs set some kind of world record for being a mirror image of the party they were hired to oppose.

And now the Ontario NDP has a golden opportunity to break that shameful record of non-opposition. How many votes do you suppose there will be in the Legislature between now and October 2015? And in how many of those votes do you think the NDP will be siding with the Conservatives?

Fidel

M. Spector wrote:

Fidel wrote:

They propped-up the Harpers so many times I lost count at 50. I think the Libs set some kind of world record for being a mirror image of the party they were hired to oppose.

And now the Ontario NDP has a golden opportunity to break that shameful record of non-opposition. How many votes do you suppose there will be in the Legislature between now and October 2015? And in how many of those votes do you think the NDP will be siding with the Conservatives?

Well that makes you and Tim Hudak who are pushing for another $100 million dollar election 7 months after the last one.

The NDP will never come close to looking like either of the Bay Street proxy parties.

I voted for Hampton's NDP and electoral reform.

And I voted for Horwath's NDP last October, too.

I don't know about any of you who previously claimed to have boycotted elections for a lack of real choices, but one WorstPastthePost vote every four years is enough for me. Why get excited about it now? Delayed reaction?

NorthReport

McGuinty agrees to NDP’s tax-the-rich Ontario budget demand

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/mcguinty-agrees-to-ndps-tax...

MegB

M. Spector wrote:

The cowards in the Legislature abstained on the budget vote, in a calculated move designed to ensure that it passed. No doubt they will try to use their "abstention" to absolve themselves of responsibility, but it won't wash. 

When it came to the rights of public sector workers to bargain collectively, the NDP abstained.

When it came to privatizing Ontario Northland Railway, the NDP abstained.

When it came to taking $220 million from the education budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting funds for long-term care facilities, the NDP abstained.

When it came to making workers pay more for their pension plans, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting funds for culture, the NDP abstained.

When it came to freezing welfare rates, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting the Aboriginal Affairs budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to cutting the Environment Ministry budget, the NDP abstained.

When it came to continuing the absurdly low corporate income tax rate, the health care premiums, and the 8% provincial sales tax, the NDP abstained.

When it came to expanding PPP's and privatized delivery of government services, the NDP abstained.

When it came to  leaving Ontario as the only province without an active home energy retrofit incentive program, the NDP abstained.

When it came to closing schools while maintaining a costly and redundant separate school system, the NDP abstained.

When it came to keeping university operating funds increases below the rate of inflation, the NDP abstained.

 

Your criticisms are dead on, but what should we expect from a political party that has some measure of popular support?  Their mandate is to gain and maintain political power, and the NDP, under the auspices of being left and progressive, do just that.  They aren't, and will never be, what we want in a governing party, and are only marginally less classist and divorced from reality than the Libs. 

If the Left -- or what's left of the Left -- could form a viable alternative to the NDP I'd support them in a heartbeat.  But we continue to eat our young, allow exterior influences to divide us, nitpick when we should coalesce.

Not advocating a cessation of criticism, just being realistic.

Unionist

Rebecca West wrote:

Your criticisms are dead on, but what should we expect from a political party that has some measure of popular support?

That they should listen to the people.

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Their mandate is to gain and maintain political power, and the NDP, under the auspices of being left and progressive, do just that. 

They only did it once in Ontario - and under the guise of "maintaining political power", they viciously attacked the very people who had given them that power. They then entered the richly-deserved wilderness for a generation. You'd think they'd try to do things differently now.

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But we continue to eat our young, allow exterior influences to divide us, nitpick when we should coalesce.

The question is, on what basis should we "coalesce"? On the basis of uniting to achieve two or three fundamental social and economic aims? Or on the basis of trying to win an election, no matter what it takes? If we do the latter, why would the Bob Rae / Gary Doer / Lorne Calvert / Darrell Dexter experiences not be repeated?

Your "being realistic" conclusion is unclear. You say you're not calling for a cessation of criticism. What, then, are you calling for exactly? And what do you mean by "nitpicking"?

 

MegB

Unionist, being realistic is just seeing things as they are.  For me, it doesn't have any impact on what I'm passionate about, how I feel about the direction our governments, our worlds are going.  But at some point passion and ideology need to interface with the realpolitik. 

And nitpicking?  30 years in the social justice/left/progressive sector have given me ample opportunity to see how we rip each other apart over minor ideological differences when we should just suck it up and work towards change.  I'm not suggesting that anyone should detach themselves from what they feel is most important, I'm just saying that when you're on the side that should be winning but isn't, you need to find the common ground and work toward making it a reality.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Fidel wrote:

And I voted for Horwath's NDP last October, too.

And [url=http://rabble.ca/babble/ontario/liberal-ndp-budget#comment-1341771]here's what you were voting for[/url], whether you knew it or not. I guess you're OK with that. I suspect a lot of others who voted NDP, however, will be disappointed with our new Liberal-NDP Majority Government™.

Unionist

Rebecca West wrote:

30 years in the social justice/left/progressive sector have given me ample opportunity to see how we rip each other apart over minor ideological differences when we should just suck it up and work towards change. 

I agree, as a general statement, but I didn't see any hint of minor ideological differences in the threads about how progressive folks should approach the Ontario budget. They are big picture issues which are at stake. For example, I was very supportive of Jack Layton's agreement to prop up the Paul Martin government in exchange for some very major budgetary concessions in 2005. Were you?

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I'm just saying that when you're on the side that should be winning but isn't, you need to find the common ground and work toward making it a reality.

Well, I agree. That's why I supported, 100%, the December 2008 coalition, which many here did not. I saw it as a rather thrilling and unique opportunity for people to get together, for wildly different reasons and from grossly different perspectives, to overthrow the Harper regime in a way that Canadian history had never yet seen. Even though I don't care for the policies of any of the three parties involved very much, I supported their unity for that purpose. Did you? Just curious.

 

Doug

M. Spector wrote:

And [url=http://rabble.ca/babble/ontario/liberal-ndp-budget#comment-1341771]here's what you were voting for[/url], whether you knew it or not. I guess you're OK with that. I suspect a lot of others who voted NDP, however, will be disappointed with our new Liberal-NDP Majority Government™.

 

The first progressive tax increase since 1993? I'll take it.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I think it was Fidel who made the astute observation that Andrea should have substantial input into the next Budget in March or April 2013. Someone from Ontario should point this out to her and McQuinty.

Freedom 55

Boom Boom wrote:

Andrea should have substantial input into the next Budget in March or April 2013

 

In what way will she have any more clout in shaping next year's budget than she passed-up in this year's? If she was so hamstrung by being unprepared to fight an election this year - as so many of her apologists have suggested - what makes you think she'll be in a better position next year after having sold-out the interests of workers and poor people? Labour would have stepped-up if she had brought McGuinty down. I think they'll be significantly less motivated to do so after yesterday's vote.

Freedom 55

I'm really curious about this. Is the assumption that Dalton will seek her input in shaping the budget because he now owes her a favour?

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

He certainly does owe her big time, after the gift she just gave him. 

Freedom 55

Yes, he certainly does, but no doubt he considers their accounts settled by his concession on the surtax. If a budget deal needed to be struck, the quid pro quo should have been immediate, because in realpolitik he owes her nothing.

Stockholm

The Liberals have 53 seats, the NDP has 17 - there are limits to what extent the tail can wag the dog. If the people of Ontario want a 100% NDP inspired budget - they will have to elect a majority NDP government.

I'm impressed that Horwath was able to extract as much from McGuinty as she did including hundreds of millions more for child care and opening the door a crack to higher taxes on the super rich. When the Liberals voted for all of Harper's budgets - they did it in exchange for NOTHING at all. I think Andrea Horwath was able to drive a very hard bargain and her image has been enhanced enormously. This was very much in the spirit of how Jack Layton forced Paul Martin to make amendments to the Liberal budget in 2005.

I notice that several unions have been issuing press releases praising Horwath for being able to get so many concessions. I think its all good. Her star keeps rising every day.

Freedom 55

Stockholm wrote:

If the people of Ontario want a 100% NDP inspired budget

 

I haven't seen anyone here suggesting anything of the sort was possible, but that hasn't stopped the party's apologists from repeatedly trotting-out this strawperson.

 

 

Stockholm

If people truly are up in arms that the Ontario NDP decided not to force a second election in six months after getting some major concessions - they can always vote for the Socialist Party of Ontario which took all of 0.01% of the vote last election.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Andrea has clout and shouldn't be afraid to use it. She should really hold out in the next Budget especially if polling shows the Liberals sinking. And she needs to use that clout to push for social reforms and social justice, and if she doesn't, she should face a leadership review and/or be forced out.

McQuinty said he will scrap the surtax when the budget is balanced in five years or so - why the fuck doesn't he promise to keep it in - it affects only a small group of the very rich after all. What's he worried about???

Freedom 55

Boom Boom wrote:

Andrea has clout and shouldn't be afraid to use it.

 

What clout does she have now? Prior to yesterday's vote she had clout, but she has demonstrated that she is afraid to use it.

Freedom 55

Boom Boom wrote:

McQuinty

 

As an aside, is there a reason why you always misspell his name? Is it some dysphemism that I'm not aware of? I don't give a fuck about affording him the respect of calling him by his own name... I'm just curious.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Someone in the ONDP should take her aside and and explain things to her.

MegB

Freedom 55 wrote:

Stockholm wrote:

If the people of Ontario want a 100% NDP inspired budget

 

I haven't seen anyone here suggesting anything of the sort was possible, but that hasn't stopped the party's apologists from repeatedly trotting-out this strawperson.

Even if it were possible, it wouldn't look much different than the current Lib budget.  Someone whose opinion I respect recently pointed out that Ontario was under Conservative party rule for decades, and a lot got accomplished during that reign.  I pointed out that the Bill Davis gov't didn't do squat until they were forced to when they were in the minority. 

I firmly believe that a majority government, regardless of party, is a bad thing.  I'm not interested in some sleezy backroom coalition, but I really believe that minority governments accomplish so much more.

Fidel

M. Spector wrote:

Fidel wrote:

And I voted for Horwath's NDP last October, too.

And [url=http://rabble.ca/babble/ontario/liberal-ndp-budget#comment-1341771]here's what you were voting for[/url], whether you knew it or not. I guess you're OK with that. I suspect a lot of others who voted NDP, however, will be disappointed with our new Liberal-NDP Majority Government™.

We were conservative in Ontario for 42 years non-stop. Imagine Alberta without the oil.  This is progress believe it or not.

madmax

NDPP wrote:

Ontario Liberal Budget Passes Crucial Vote, Avoiding Another Election

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/liberal-government-budget-expect...

"By working with the NDP we have made a strong budget even stronger." Dalton McGuinty

OFL Says Majority of Ontarians Support Calling an Election

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/03/20120331-...

"If an election were called tomorrow, the party with the most to gain is Andrea Horwath and the NDP,"

Never mind the facts...

It says 58% would go to the polls for fair taxation.. the fact that the 2% has been adopted makes that point moot.

What is NOT reported by Sun news is that 60% WOULD NOT want an election after 6months.

Therefore the NDP can ride high as long as they don't trigger an election... otherwise its cellar dweller time...

As Hudak is toast... I might concur with Sun News Opinion that Andrea has the most to gain from an election... and likely will when its called.

madmax

Freedom 55 wrote:

Boom Boom wrote:

Andrea has clout and shouldn't be afraid to use it.

 

What clout does she have now?

More then Hudak!

Fidel

madmax wrote:
Freedom 55 wrote:

Boom Boom wrote:

Andrea has clout and shouldn't be afraid to use it.

 

What clout does she have now?

More then Hudak!
 

Lo', observe us some Hudak Changelingbook(pdf)

I don't like it.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

madmax wrote:
Freedom 55 wrote:
Boom Boom wrote:

Andrea has clout and shouldn't be afraid to use it.

What clout does she have now?

More than Hudak!

Apparently Hudak has enough clout to make Andrea Horwath go into Koalition mode with the Liberals and to scare Fidel, Stockholm, and many other babblers absolutely shitless.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Rebecca West wrote:

I firmly believe that a majority government, regardless of party, is a bad thing.  I'm not interested in some sleezy backroom coalition, but I really believe that minority governments accomplish so much more.

Only if there's a chance they will be outvoted in the Legislature.

But with a third party that's determined to make the Liberal minority government "work" (i.e. survive without being defeated), we end up with what amounts to a Liberal-NDP Majority Government™.

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