2018-06-11 13:41:12 UTC
Ontario’s incumbent Liberals have been obliterated. Outgoing premier
Kathleen Wynne, narrowly re-elected in her own Toronto riding, will now lead
a rump caucus of a mere seven MPPs. The Liberals had pinned their final
hopes on simply maintaining official party status. They fell one seat short.
Abject defeat is a good look for Wynne and Co. The party was properly and
mightily punished by voters not merely for their policy debacles, of which
there were many, or for their ethical failures, which exist in similar
abundance. They were rejected in 117 out of 124 races this week because of
their overwhelming arrogance. Even on those rare occasions when the party
was forced to admit wrongdoing, they always stressed how their main failure
was being too slow to catch on to a problem, rather than chronic
mismanagement, while insisting they were always doing their best, most noble
Given the seats added this election, I think it would be reasonable to
increase the number of seats for official party status to 10, or 12.
The requirement was 12 seats until the 1999 election, when the number of
seats in the province was reduced from 130 to 103, and the NDP only won 9
seats; in response the Harris Tories lowered the limit.
In the 2003 election, the NDP were reduced to 7 seats, and the McGuinty
Liberals told the NDP to go fuck themselves. The NDP weren't an official
party again until they won the 2004 by-election that brought Andrea Horwath
to Queen's Park for the first time.