The NDP is often referred to as “Liberals in a hurry”, but even the Ontario NDP doesn’t seem to be far enough left for the public sector unions.
Andrea Horwath received 76.4 per cent support in a leadership review today, but her conciliatory approach regarding the budget does not seem to be winning her any points from Sid Ryan. He wants her to force an election over McGuinty’s threats of an imposed wage freeze in the public sector.
And in a moment of sublime irony the Liberals accused the Dippers of being in bed with the unions (Star):
Liberal MPP David Orazietti (Sault Ste. Marie) said it should make taxpayers nervous that New Democrats are so closely tied to public-sector unions.
“It calls into question who really makes the decisions.”
New Democrat operatives countered that the Liberals have enjoyed plenty of labour support, including teacher unions, as part of the Working Families Coalition that has been active in previous elections.
Which all goes to show that when it comes to unions and their entitlements there are no loyalties.
Yes the love affair between Dalton and the unions seems to be over. Andrea Horwath could reap the benefits, but to do that she would have to submit to the will of the powerful public sector.
But if that does happen could the Ontario Liberals eventually become as irrelevant as their federal cousins?
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“New Democrats have shown the world they can tackle deficits,” she lectured delegates, who responded with lukewarm applause.
And she restated her campaign pledge to make minority government work, rather than reflexively oppose the Liberal line as the OFL’s Ryan had insisted.
“The path of easy, simple opposition to everything can be very tempting — it frees you from having new ideas,” she argued. If the NDP aspires to power, “we won’t get there with the same old ideas and status quo solutions, but by embracing change.”
Mmm… Maybe unions are losing their clout?
Monday Breaking News:
Budget Vote will take place April 24. With Ontario budget in limbo, Duncan admits Liberals divided over NDP tax proposal — Globe.