The ONDP Is The ‘Solution’ That Prevents A Solution

Andrea Horwath

Andrea Horwath

Horwath takes left turn to get NDP back on track | Toronto Star.

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Robert Benzie follows:

In the fight of her political life, embattled NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is banking on her left hook.

A fiery Horwath came out swinging Saturday, touting a new left-wing approach for a party still reeling from a disappointing June election defeat to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

“I have some things to learn,” she admitted to 250 partisans at the party’s provincial council meeting, the last major NDP gathering before her November leadership review.

“There are some important, important lessons that we have to take out of our recent experience,” the New Democrat chief said at the downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel where she received several standing ovations from the crowd for a 25-minute confessional address.

For one thing, If she didn’t actually address the problem of a lack of progressive issues – not issue – then what were those audience members applauding? Was it her ability to speechify and say the opposite of what she means?

If ‘leftwing’ is good, Benzie wants us to understand, then it is good when it represents… the Right.

My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

The present ONDP is hopeless. Hopeless! It’s fundamental principles, to which Horwath wants to return, are those that this party hasn’t abandoned, which progressives should not expect to see abandoned. The corporatocracy is alive and very well and people’s parties are nowhere to be seen and people’s champions are few and far between. And sometimes the odd champion you think you’ve detected only ‘resembles’ one.

You can’t, in any way, shape or form, support a party that is connected to the rightwing federal NDP. How can any normal human being support parties that shrug in the face of the kind of slaughters we see occur in Gaza regularly? For one thing.

Any provincial people’s party that doesn’t address the issue of the interfering, destructive OMB is fake as hell. You don’t have to look further. That would be a good litmus test. But the ONDP’s failure to back a movement that pushes for a minimum wage of $15 leaves me speechless. And where’s the support for small businesses in big cities? Regularly, their streets get torn up for all manner of reasons, including dealing with rail replacement for streetcars (for our coddled – by unions, vote-seeking politicians – Bombardier) and what do we do for them? Not a damn thing. There needs to be a dedicated fund to enable affected small businesses (which are revenue generators) to ride out such events.

Similarly, Steve Paiken (TVO was the source of the top of post pic) calls Horwath a winner. Technically, narrowly, she had some wins. Overall, If Horwath wins in an election only because she sticks to her rightwing path, then that’s a loss for the people. Why does Steve think Andrea is a winner? Is it because she has the ‘right’ political views, whether the people (like those who care about human rights, everywhere, and like workers who don’t make a living wage) think so or not?

From Steve Paiken’s article titled “Why Isn’t Andrea Horwath Fighting Back?'” the following:

Somehow, the conventional wisdom about the June 2014 Ontario election campaign has become, Kathleen Wynne brilliantly overperformed, Tim Hudak dramatically blew it, and Andrea Horwath was no great shakes either.

In fact, because the Toronto media is so dominant in telling the province’s story, a narrative has developed that Horwath was as bad a loser as Hudak, because the NDP lost three seats in the city of Toronto.

That’s all true. But it also ignores the fact that that the NDP did well outside of the Greater Toronto Area, in some cases, astonishingly so…

Given all of that, my question is: why does Horwath continue to be so contrite in public? At a news conference yesterday, she continued her “mea culpa tour” by acknowledging there were problems with the Toronto campaign, and pointing out that those in her office who were responsible are all gone. Horwath has hired a new chief of staff and principal secretary who comes to the job with much praise and a long resume of NDP success in other provinces…

Two years ago, when Horwath was at the height of her popularity, she got only 76 per cent support from NDP delegates. With the upcoming convention in Toronto, and with plenty of ideological anger still in the air among more traditional New Democrats who don’t like Horwath’s more centrist, less socialist, more populist, less labour-dominated approach, it’s hard to see how she’ll top that number, or even get close to it.

Horwath is walking a difficult tight rope. On the one hand, she needs to show her cranky opponents she’s heard their concerns and will take them to heart. On the other hand, the “Steeltown Scrapper” in her no doubt wants to fight back and say, “Lookit you pie-in-the-sky socialists. I got 24 per cent of the total votes cast in the 2014 election. That’s the highest percentage since our victory in 1990. I’m making this party relevant again after a decade in the wilderness. Cut me some slack!”

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