At what point did the "progressive left", drink so much neo-liberal Kool-aid, that they actually came to believe that refusing to increase tolls, fees and consumptions taxes to the public at large, and advocating for greater taxes on wealth and corporations, as opposed to privatizing assets, and stealing funds from one program to pay for another is a right wing position?
Yet, amazingly there is some letter from a someone in the ONDP practicing "critical dissent", who is pretty much saying that Andrea's "populist" opposition to regressive taxation is merely and attempt to mimic "Time Hudak's" "no more taxes" rhetoric, and indicates that the NDP moving to "the right".
Not at all, opposition to regressive "flat taxes" and support for taxes on capital and wealth is a bedrock "left/social democractic" position.
In their confusion over their self-identified political roles as "leftists" and all around "progressive" nice people, they actually have confused themselves into thinking that enabling the neo-liberal austerity agenda by making up for government revenue shortfalls caused by corporate tax giveaways by socking it to Joe and Jane proletariat by increasing consumption taxes and road tolls is the progressive thing to do.
In fact, the reason that the right and people like Rob Ford and Tim Hudak are so easily able to exploit the natural opposition of ordinary folks to regressive taxation is because it is a strategic position of "principle" abandoned by the left political organizations. Over the last 20 years "the left" has been so sucked into the neo-liberal vortex when they were busy playing ball with Bay Street, in order to make themselves seem "reasonable" that they seem to have forgotten that the point is to redistribute capital in order to pay for needed programs, not boostrap the programs from the shrinking wallets of those who the programs are supposed to serve.
This does not appear to be the case with today's ONDP, at all. Indeed, it is the NDP, and only the NDP of the three mainstream political parties that is advocating for any expansion of the tax base, and moreover, directly targeting wealth and capital.
It may not be much, but it is clearly in the vain of traditional "left" principles, of which the Liberals, for example, have none.