Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator, Tuesday November 17, 2014
Andrea Horwath learns the lessons she unlearned
Andrea Horwath now has a second chance to lead Ontario’s third-place party.
New Democrats are sticking with their leader largely because they’re stuck with her: With no obvious understudy ready to step in, delegates voted to forgive her forgettable 2014 campaign performance.
On judgment day, Saturday, Horwath atoned for her electoral sins. She vowed to learn the lessons of a campaign that sent the party back into opposition obscurity.
In a formal leadership review, delegates returned their verdict: 76.9 per cent voted in favour of Horwath keeping her job — slightly above the 76.4 per cent she won in the last convention in 2012, and well above the traditional benchmark of 66 per cent that spells trouble. That means Horwath will survive — if not quite thrive — to run again another day.
In the months since the June 12 election, NDP activists had complained bitterly about a campaign that cost them three crucial Toronto seats — and, importantly, the balance of power in a minority legislature. That defeat deprived New Democrats of the leverage they’d held since 2011 to push a progressive agenda upon the Liberals.
The bigger loss, however, was the sense that Horwath had lost her way — and her progressive purpose. She had ceded the NDP’s traditional vision to Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who emerged as the more persuasive progressive voice in the campaign.
The unprecedented role reversal left voters perplexed: Why elect New Democrats to be keepers of the legislature’s conscience if Horwath had already ceded it? If Wynne was cheerfully campaigning for pension improvements and wage hikes for the working poor, while Horwath was publicly opposing an Ontario pension plan and playing politics with low-wage workers, why vote NDP? (Source: Toronto Star)
By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday September 12, 2014
NDP may not be able to stop tide turning against it
There is a tide in Ontario political affairs that does not bode well for Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats in next year’s federal election. And they may be powerless to reverse it to their advantage.
That tide was instrumental in propelling Premier Kathleen Wynne to the safe ground of a majority government last spring. By all indications, it is again at play in Toronto’s municipal campaign.
It should come as no surprise that a Forum Research poll that suggested Mayor Rob Ford (Open Rob Ford’s policard) was still in the running for re-election — with Olivia Chow running third — was followed by a Nanos poll that showed that John Tory had consolidated his lead on his main rivals.
For scores of Toronto voters, ousting Ford from office this fall comes before loyalty to a political brand.
For obvious reasons, the anybody-but-Ford movement is in a class of its own, as is the incumbent mayor who has inspired it. But last spring’s Ontario election demonstrated that it is not necessary for a politician to make it on the international tabloid circuit to induce voters into coalescing behind the strongest available alternative.
In the provincial campaign, the platform put forward by Tory leader Tim Hudak went a long way to convince many progressive voters to stick with the Liberals rather than risk facilitating a Conservative victory by giving their vote to the third-place NDP.
Transpose those dynamics to the federal level and you will find more than a few progressive voters willing to hold their nose next year if that is what it takes to end Stephen Harper’s reign in power.
To many, the first-place Liberals come across as a safer haven than the third-place NDP, regardless of the comparative skills of their leaders or even their respective policies.
This is a problem that may ultimately be beyond Mulcair’s fixing. (Continued: Toronto Star)
Ontarians voted ‘out of fear,’ Andrea Horwath says
“Fear” and loathing cost the New Democrats the recent election, says Andrea Horwath.
The NDP leader insisted Wednesday her party lost on June 12 because the Liberals frightened Ontarians into voting against the Progressive Conservatives.
“Look, the people in this province, they made a decision to basically choose fear — or to vote out of fear — as opposed to choose positive change,” she said.
Thirteen days after the vote she triggered cost her party the balance of power in the Ontario legislature, Horwath finally met with the media to discuss the election.
“I’m proud of the work that we were able to do in this campaign,” she told reporters at Queen’s Park, adding it was “absolutely not” a bad idea to force the election by rejecting the May 1 budget.
Her comments came the day after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s majority Liberal government was sworn in. That same spending plan will be reintroduced by Finance Minister Charles Sousa on July 14.
Sousa said the Liberals won on a “hopeful, positive” platform.
“The fear that most Ontarians felt was the idea of having an NDP or Conservative government taking extreme measures that would put them in harm’s way,” the treasurer said outside cabinet.
Horwath said Wynne exploited voters’ alarm at Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s widely loathed proposal to cut 100,000 public service positions over four years.
“Out of fear, the people of Ontario voted. They strategically voted to keep Mr. Hudak’s plan off of the books . . . . That’s their decision to make,” she said of the PC leader who will step down July 2.
“That means we have a lot of work to do around the strategic voting issue.”
While she faces a mandatory leadership review at an NDP convention in November, Horwath said she never considered stepping down after the disappointing election.
Despite controlling the timing of the vote, the NDP appeared surprisingly flat-footed for the first weeks of the writ period. (Source: Toronto Star)
ONTARIO LEGISLATURE GALLERY
Election day in Ontario – LIBERAL MAJORITY
Despite being hounded on both sides by rivals who harped on Liberal government scandals during the longer-than-normal campaign, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has steered her party to a majority and a commanding electoral victory, based largely on major gains in the Toronto area, while PC Leader Tim Hudak declared he is resigning.
With all ridings reporting, Liberals were elected or leading in 58 constituencies to 27 for the Progressive Conservatives and 22 for the NDP.
The strong Liberal showing had its roots in the Greater Toronto Area, where eight seats are changing hands — seven of those going to the Liberals. Overall, the results mean the Liberals will be even more concentrated in the GTA.
The Liberals also picked up seats from the Tories in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Barrie andNorthumberland, while they only lost two: Sudbury and Windsor West.
The outcome was also slightly rosier for the NDP under Leader AndreaHorwath, who was the first of the major party leaders to be declared elected in their home riding tonight. The NDP vote share was at 24.1 per cent, up 1.4 points from the 2011 campaign. (Source: CBC News)
Added at 9pm on election night…
Because the polls close at 9pm it’s always a major race for newspapers to report the results and get great coverage in an extremely short span of time. Consider that the presses start running at midnight giving reporters, columnists, copy editors, photographers, and of course, editorial cartoonists a very small window of time to the news out. A great deal of planning goes into this evening, and it often entails late nights, frenzied phone calls, and many curve balls. Polls have played an important part to media as they use them as a guide to determine how this night will turn out.
But not this night.
The polls are showing us that the gaps between all the 3 main parties are incredibly close. So close, that it is very difficult to figure out how the popular vote will translate into a seat count. Well we’ll know soon enough.
Never before have I found myself drawing 5 different cartoons for one election.
The most generic one is one that illustrates the status quo return to Liberal government.
The next likely one is a PC minority.
The chances of the NDP winning a minority is slim in my mind.
Even unlikelier is the chance I think we’ll see a majority government of any party. But here’s the one I drew in case the PC’s win:
Here’s my favourite cartoon. The Liberal Majority cartoon which I’m guessing will be the least likely scenario. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking.
What I didn’t draw is a cartoon in the event Andrea Horwath is crowned Ontario’s new Premier tonight. That just can’t happen on election night. Unfortunately, crazy things do happen on election night. Let’s see what happens.
TWO DECADES of DRAWING ONTARIO ELECTIONS
LETTERS to the EDITOR
Wynne is no Maleficent
Paul T. Murphy, Grimsby, Jun 17, 2014 (Source)
‘Malwynnecent’ cartoon right on point
With respect to the letter on June 16regarding the “Malwynnecent” cartoon in the June 13 Spec, I found the cartoon hilarious, provocative, clever, and right on point. Isn’t that what an editorial cartoon is supposed to be? Further, the letter writer clearly didn’t see the movie or he would have understood that Maleficent was ultimately a good fairy who had been betrayed, and ultimately protected and nurtured Princess Aurora. Hardly an attack on the premier.
Howard Eisenberg, Hamilton, Jun 18, 2014 (Source)
This cartoon was posted to National Newswatch.
— Hamilton Spectator (@TheSpec) June 13, 2014